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FDA-Wide Programs

Commissioner's Fellows Graduation

 This year's graduating class of the Commissioner's Fellowship Program

 Since the program’s inception in 2008, 75% of the 164 CFP graduates have remained at FDA.

The Commissioner's Fellowship Program

Each year hundreds of health care professionals, scientists, and engineers from leading labs, institutions, and industry apply to FDA’s two-year Commissioner’s Fellowship Program (CFP), seeking the opportunity to gain broad exposure to challenges facing FDA. 

Under the mentorship of an FDA senior-scientist preceptor, Fellows receive comprehensive regulatory science training, exploring a specific area of regulatory science through a defined research, policy, or review project that meets an FDA scientific priority.

The Fellows’ experience can be in a biology, physics, or engineering lab, in a clinical review team, in biostatistics, informatics, at a regional field laboratory or office, or in other aspects of FDA science. Their coursework provides a common core understanding of the science behind regulatory review, covering activities across all FDA-regulated product areas. 

The Interagency Oncology Task Force Joint Fellowship Program (IOTF)

 IOTF ScientistTo provide a cadre of scientists—PhDs, MDs, and MD/PhDs or their equivalents—with the knowledge to bridge the two processes of cancer-related scientific research and research-related regulatory review, FDA and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) formed the Interagency Oncology Task Force Joint Fellowship Program (IOTF).
Program graduates acquire skills of value to academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and government agencies by gaining:
  1. Training in research and research-related regulatory review, policies, and regulations
  2. Capacity to build awareness of regulatory requirements into the early stages of product development processes
  3. Experience in improving planning throughout research and regulatory review to speed new approaches from bench to the scientific community
  4. Expertise in facilitating the movement of medical products from microscope to market


Regulatory Science Student Internship Program


 Young grads attending science lecture, working in FDA lab, being mentored 

If you're a graduate student in good standing who is interested in the burgeoning, cutting-edge field of regulatory science, FDA's new Regulatory Science Internship Program offers unique training opportunities that will enable you to explore FDA career possibilities and learn about how FDA addresses public health issues. 

FDA is accepting applications until May 15, 2014.











The program will:

  • Offer you professional experience that will enhance your academic experiences through real-world projects in a regulatory science environment 

  • Give you an understanding of FDA’s mission and organization 

  • Enable you to participate in select FDA courses, lectures and seminars, and meet senior FDA staff. 


For detailed information on the Regulatory Science Student Internship Program and how to apply, read here.