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Sunday, December 12, 2010


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

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