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OSEL Summer Research Program

The Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL) at the FDA Center for Device and Radiological Health (CDRH) accelerates patient access to innovative, safe, and effective medical devices through best- in-the-world regulatory science. We are composed of scientists and engineers who have a broad diversity of expertise from microbiology, chemistry, physics, data science to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The program has several paid and unpaid opportunities for students to engage in OSEL’s Regulatory Science Research Programs, which consist of a variety of research projects primarily focused on laboratory research of medical devices.

The OSEL Regulatory Science Project Catalog below describes some of the research opportunities available for the Summer program. Please read each project description as you will need to identify your interest in your application.

Open Date: Application period is now closed.


  • Be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and interested in a future career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math). 
  • Applicants must be able to meet applicable security requirements of the agency, which include completion of a background check. Completion of a background check requires individuals to have resided for a minimum of three of the past five years within the United States.

Program Benefits

  • Explore future career opportunities in a regulatory science environment
  • Working closely with a mentor in regulatory science research
  • Cohort participants will have the opportunity to:
    • Meet as a group periodically throughout the program to develop and refine professional skills, practice science/technical oral and written communication, & build support networks
    • Attend networking events with the FDA Fellows Association (FFA) group to network with other FDA Fellows
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