Each class of fellows in the FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program consists of outstanding health care professionals, scientists, and engineers who receive regulatory science training and conduct cutting-edge research on targeted scientific, policy, or regulatory issues under the mentorship of FDA senior scientists. The CFP is no longer accepting applications. Please see the FDA Student, Fellowship, and Senior Scientist Programs website for information on other FDA Student, Fellowship, and Senior Scientist Programs.
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 committed 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.
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.
- The CFP on FDA TRACK: Agency-wide Program Performance
- Interagency Oncology Task Force Joint Fellowship Training Program