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Sunday, December 12, 2010


Internships at McKinsey

Ph.D. students, Post Docs, Medical students, Interns, Residents, Fellows and non-M.B.A. Masters students* are invited to apply.

The paid Associate Internship program is the best opportunity to explore management consulting at McKinsey. It gives each participant the opportunity to work on a client project as a member of a McKinsey team.

The program is offered by several offices worldwide. The typical duration and timing is 8 -12 weeks in the summer, though in some cases, there may be opportunities to intern for fewer weeks, or during the spring or fall (this is dependent on the office and the availability of the intern).

To learn more about this and other programs, visit our website at

Applications due: January 9, 2011

To submit an application,

please visit our website at and click on "Apply Now."

FDA Commissioner's Fellowship Program

The FDA offers a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Fellows will train at FDA's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Maryland or at other FDA facilities. Salaries are extremely competitive, and travel funds are available to attend scientific meetings.

We are now accepting applications for the 2011 class of FDA Commissioner's Fellows. To apply, please visit the application section. Applications will be accepted until midnight EST on February 15, 2011.

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 other aspects of FDA science.

To learn more about the proposed projects, please visit the Preceptor page.

The coursework is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the science behind regulatory review, encompassing the activities of the FDA across foods, drugs, devices, biologics, cosmetics, and tobacco. Coursework during the two years includes public policy, FDA law, epidemiology, clinical trials and design, and statistics.

Please visit our coursework page for more information.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a Doctoral level degree (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S., D.P.M., Pharm.D., or Ph.D.) to be eligible. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline will also be considered. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence before the program start date. Applicants cannot be current FDA employees or FDA contractors (such as ORISE fellows). All degree requirments (including thesis defense) must be completed prior to the program start date.

Benefits of Working at the FDA

We offer an excellent benefits package including health insurance, retirement, and paid vacation leave.

Key Dates

November through February – Applications Accepted

June – Interviews

July through August – Applicants Notified

October – Program Start Date

Saturday, December 11, 2010


New International Competition Focuses on Early Career Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute today launched an international competition to select up to 35 early career scientists working at academic institutions in 18 countries on five continents with the goal of helping these talented individuals establish independent research programs.

The Institute has committed $24 million for the International Early Career Scientist Program and will award each scientist who is selected a total of $650,000 over five years. The competition is open to scientists who have trained in the U.S., run their own labs for less than seven years, and work in one of 18 eligible countries. Those countries are Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Eligible researchers in these countries are invited to submit applications.

Awardees will receive five-year grants—$250,000 in the first year, and $100,000 each subsequent year—and will be invited to participate in research meetings with HHMI investigators and early career scientists. They will also be eligible to receive a five-year extension of the grant upon completion of a successful review, for a potential total of 10 years of research funding.

The competition opens on December 1, 2010, and closes February 23, 2011. Interested scientists can submit their applications on HHMI’s website,

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Translational Research Program

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Translational Research Program (TRP) was established to encourage and provide support for new and novel clinical research. The goal of the program is to accelerate transfer of findings from the laboratory to clinical application. The program's purpose is to fund research that shows high promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to prevention or new treatments and, ultimately, to prolong and enhance life.

A renewal of the grant may be funded for an additional two years if it includes an approved clinical trial and a fully justified research plan. A principal intent of the program is to permit the acquisition of sufficient data to apply to an appropriate agency or sponsor for sustained support.

Awards will be limited to a maximum of $200,000, which include direct costs and a maximum overhead of $20,000 or 11.1 percent of direct costs per year for three years. Budget requests should be carefully justified and commensurate with the needs of the project.


A letter of intent is mandatory for those applying for a TRP grant and must be completed online via proposalCentral by 3 p.m. ET, March 1, . Full applications must be received electronically via proposalCentral by 3 p.m. ET, March 15.

If any of the deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the applications are due the next business day.

This program is now open for 2011 submssion.

For more program information, contact:
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
1311 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
Telephone: (914) 821-8301/ 8290
or Email:


The 2011-12 Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program

The Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their own careers within the field. In the first four years of the Whitaker Program, 100 grants have been awarded to Fellows and Scholars to conduct projects in over 20 countries worldwide.

For the 2011-12 competition, the Whitaker Program intends to fund approximately 50 high-quality projects.

Potential Host Placements

Having trouble finding a host overseas? Thanks to help from our alumni and grantees, we are pleased to announce the addition of the Potential Hosts section of our website. This section lists contacts at institutions that have specifically agreed to be noted on the Whitaker Program website as potential hosts for future Whitaker grant recipients. Additionally, under "Current and Former Hosts," we have 59 hosts in 23 countries listed, and this section of our site will continue to grow.

Program Background

Today, biomedical engineering (BME) is a global discipline. Biomedical engineers know that, as work in the field becomes more refined, the best place to study or conduct research is not always in the U.S. Although there are currently few opportunities to go abroad to leverage international expertise, the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program makes available just such an opportunity.

Biomedical engineers can use the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program to go overseas to help further their careers, and the field of BME. Potential overseas activities could include:

The Whitaker Foundation

During its cessation of operations, the Whitaker Foundation transferred "" to the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program in 2006, to steward the name and the cause of promoting the growth and enhancement of biomedical engineering. Click here for more about the Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program's creation by The Whitaker Foundation.

Although The Whitaker Foundation has ceased operations, it's web archive and curriculum database are still available (maintained by the Biomedical Engineering Society).

The deadline for applications is January 24, 2011.


Millis-Colwell Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists

Travel to Australia! The American Society for Microbiology invites its members to apply for the Millis-Colwell Exchange Program for Early Career Scientists.

This new grant, negotiated between the American Society for Microbiology (ASM USA) and the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM Australia), allows for the exchange of one member from each society, who have recieved their PhD within the past 5 years, to present an abstract at the annual General Meeting of the other society and to spend a week at nearby research laboratory.

The grant aims to create a long lasting bond between ASM USA and ASM Australia and is designed to benefit scientists in both countries by giving them the opportunity to travel overseas to present their work and experience the best of microbiology in the partner country.

ASM USA will submit the successful applicant’s abstract for an oral or poster presentation to ASM Australia for their Annual Scientific Meeting & Exhibition. The applicant will also have negotiated an agreement to visit the research laboratory of an Australian scientist in the period either immediately before or immediately after the ASM Australia annual meeting. The award will be conditional upon ASM Australia's acceptance of the submitted abstract.


The successful applicant will be a

Funds: up to $5,000

The award will cover


The application should demonstrate to the Review Committee:

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