FDA invites outstanding health care professionals, scientists, and engineers to apply to its two-year Fellowship Program, where they will receive regulatory science training and the chance to conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of an FDA senior scientist.
Class of 2017 Application Process Key Dates
The Class of 2017 preceptor/project information will be posted in late January or early February 2017.
- FDA will accept applications from March 16, 2017 to April 25, 2017 5 p.m. EST.
- Letters of recommendation are due May 9, 2017 by 5 p.m. EST. Application website.
- June/July -- Interviews
- July through August - Applicants Notified
- October - Program Start Date
Preceptors and Coursework
The Fellowship Program combines rigorous graduate-level coursework with the development of a regulatory science research project. Under the guidance of an FDA senior scientist Preceptor committted to mentoring, Fellows will explore a specific aspect of FDA regulatory science.
This experience can be in a biology, physics, or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, epidemiology, risk analysis, or in other aspects of FDA science.
Fellows also have the opportunity to contribute to FDA's review of sponsor's applications for new products or to other regulatory reviews. They work with FDA scientists to develop better research and evaluation tools and approaches, ranging from assays for chemical or pathogen detection to methods to assess clinical or health care data.
To learn more about the proposed projects for the Class of 2016, please visit the Preceptor page. The Class of 2017 preceptor/project information will be posted in late January or early February 2017 for Class of 2017 applicants to review when applying and selecting their preceptor preferences.
The coursework is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the science behind regulatory review, encompassing FDA activities across foods, drugs, devices, biologics, cosmetics, and tobacco. Coursework covers public policy, FDA law and policy, and FDA budgets/operations.
Applicants with doctoral level degrees (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.C., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm.D., Dr.P.H, or Ph.D.) or with bachelor's or master's degrees can apply. Each Preceptor(s) will list specific eligibility criteria for their respective projects on their project description pages annually.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence at the time their applications are submitted. Applicants cannot be current FDA employees or FDA contractors (such as ORISE fellows). NOTE: All degree requirements (including thesis defense) must be complete before applying.
Benefits of Working at FDA
Fellows train at FDA's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings. We offer an excellent benefits package, including health insurance, retirement, and paid vacation leave.