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FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program (CFP)
Application Checklist

Please gather the following items before applying for the Commissioner's Fellowship Program.

*      Applications are closed.  FDA accepted applications from June 7, 2017 to July 7, 2017 5 p.m. EST.
*      Letters of recommendation were due July 20, 2017 by 5 p.m. EST
*      August through September - Applicants notified about interviews
*      November - Applicants notified about selections and the program will begin mid-late November
        A link to the online application was placed on this website on June 7 through July 7, 2017 5PM EST. Late and/or incomplete applications are not considered.

Please contact the CFP coordinator at: fdacommissionersfellows@fda.hhs.gov with questions or concerns.

All applicants must provide proof of citizenship by filling out FDA HR Form I-9 (PDF - Size 389 KB). This form and the copies of citizenship documents as articulated on the form must be emailed to fdacommissionersfellows@fda.hhs.gov with the subject line, "FDA HR I-9 submission," no later than the application deadline by all applicants. Non-U.S. citizens must provide their Green Card numbers and expiration dates on the online application.

Verification of foreign degree if your degree is completed outside of U.S. (Please visit here for more guidance.) An electronic copy (PDF) is required.

Electronic copy of your Resume/CV in PDF format only.

Three references and their contact information. These references will receive email notifications requesting them to submit their letters electronically and they must submit their letters as PDFs. A personal e-mail address is required for each reference.

Personal statement in PDF format which outlines both your educational and professional experience, as well as what has driven you to apply to the FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program. Address what you would bring to the FDA and how you believe this Fellowship will help you reach your short and long term career goals. Please limit your statement to one, single-spaced page, using a 12-point font.

Electronic copy of your transcripts in PDF format. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Only one file can be uploaded per application so either submit a transcript for the most relevant degree, or combine all transcripts into one file. (Please review our Eligibility Criteria.) *Official transcripts must be mailed to HR: ATTN: GLENDA MILLER, DHHS/FDA/OO/Office of Human Resources, 11601 Landsdown Street, Rm. 05C34, North Bethesda, Maryland 20857 (20852 for FedEx and UPS) 

Go to the Commissioner's Fellowship Program website. Look at the proposed projects and select up to five. Write down the Preceptor names so that you can provide them during the application process. If a project has multiple Preceptors, you only need to list one of their names.

Important Notes:

  • Do not include your Social Security Number on any of your application materials.
  • Files over 20MB can not be uploaded into the application. We only accept PDF files.
  • The Commissioner's Fellowship Program is not responsible for technical issues unrelated to the application database that may result in a late or incomplete application.
  • When an applicant submits a complete application the system will provide a confirmation number and will also automatically send three reference request emails to the references and the applicant will be copied on these messages. Applicants should retain the confirmation number and reference letter request emails. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their references submit their letters on time.



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