Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship in the USA 2025-26

Fellowship in Medicine
  • United States, United States
  • Apply Before : August 9, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 23490
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement TOEFLIELTS
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 10 months
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

are you an individual with advanced degrees and/or significant professional experience in engineering, life sciences, computer science, business, product design, law, medicine, or nursing? Do you want to have a life-changing experience in your field of study ? if yes, apply to Standford Biodesign Innovation fellowship.

The application for the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign Innovation Fellowship 2025-2026 opens on May 15, 2024. The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is a ten-months program that provides aspiring innovators with the tools they need to identify critical medical needs, develop novel health technologies to meet those needs (such as medical devices, digital health, diagnostics, drug delivery, and biotechnology solutions), and prepare to integrate those products into patient care via start-up, corporate, or other channels. The Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship participants are trained in the repeatable, successful Biodesign innovation process for discovering, developing, and implementing novel health innovations. The Innovation Fellows also become members of the Stanford Biodesign community, a global network of innovators driven by a desire to improve healthcare.

  • Host universityStanford University
  • Application open: May 15, 2024
  • Deadline: August 19, 2024
  • Interview time: November 3 & 4, 2024
  • Duration: 10 months (August to June ) 

Location: USA

Number of the fellows: 12

Why apply to this fellowship?

The Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship can help you start, redirect, or advance your career in health technology innovation. Graduates of the program use their skills to:

  • – Promote innovation within major medical device, diagnostic, digital health, and biotechnology companies
  • – Establish your own health technology startups
  • – Teach or lead translational research programs for top universities
  • – Drive innovation initiatives within academic or private medical centers
  • – Become experts in design, investment, or other aspects of the health technology innovation ecosystem
  • In addition, you become part of a lifelong global network of innovators through the Stanford Biodesign community, all of whom are committed to improving healthcare.

Benefits of the fellowship:

  • The fellowship is a full-time, great experience that runs from early August to early June every year.
  • Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellows will receive a monthly stipend and health benefits during their fellowship.

Application fee: no longer charges application fee (previously USD 95 )

areas of work: 

3 areas clinical, engineering, computer science, design, and/or business backgrounds. Each team includes four fellows.

Who can apply?


  • No nationality restriction
  • Individuals with advanced degrees and/or significant professional experience in engineering, life sciences, computer science, business, product design, law, medicine, or nursing are eligible.

What if I don’t have this specific background?
the fellowship accepts applications from any individuals who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and/or innovation in their professional or academic careers.

What fellows will learn:

  • Innovation Catalyzing inside major health technology organizations.
  • Will be able to create their health technology start-ups.
  • Conduct or teach a translational research program for world-class universities.
  • Develop innovation initiatives with academic or private medical centers.
  • Will be an expert in design, investment, or other health technology innovation ecosystem areas.

Selection criteria:

  • Fellows will be chosen based on their background, motivation, and potential to become leading innovators in the health technology sector.

Application Requirements:

  • Answer the following essay questions:

1. What are your long-term goals in relation to the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship? What do you plan to do with your training after the fellowship? (maximum of 300 words)

2. Everyone has taken a unique path to their current position in life. Tell them about some of the difficulties and roadblocks you’ve encountered. What impact did these events have on the person you are today? (maximum of 300 words)

3. Consider yourself the company’s founder, putting a game-changing health technology to the test in anticipation of regulatory approval. Your investors anticipate that the regulatory filing will be completed within a few weeks, and both time and money are limited. The most recent results of your clinical trial are encouraging, and your technology is safe and effective. A closer look reveals that majority of the study’s participants are Caucasian men from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. The issue you seek to resolve affects all genders, people of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds, and people of all sexes. What is your reaction? (maximum of 300 words)

  • CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • English proficiency certificate (To be eligible for the fellowship, you must be fluent in English.) Suppose your most recent degree was obtained from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. In that case, you do not need to submit the results of an English proficiency test. If not, please submit your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE results from the previous 24 months.)
  • Transcript of most recent degree
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Video 

How to be part of the team?

There are numerous ways to contribute to a team, such as organizing, leading, conducting extensive research, developing original ideas, performing rapid prototyping, and/or fostering team cohesion. Tell them about the 2 to 3 team roles you’re most likely to play in no more than two minutes. Upload the video to Vimeo or YouTube instead of including it with your application materials (they advise using the “unlisted” option to prevent your recording from being found publicly). They request this because your video will be reviewed separately from the rest of your application materials and by multiple reviewers.

Then, by the deadline, send them the video by pasting the link below into the Qualtrics form. A video link can only be added to Qualtrics once, and you will not be able to change it once submitted.

Video Submission Guidelines:
  • Do not exceed two minutes (it will not be viewed beyond the two-minute mark).
  • Only record yourself from the shoulders up; no other people, objects, or videos should be included (they are interested in your response & communication skills, not your video editing capabilities).
  • If possible, use a web camera or smartphone/video camera on a tripod to ensure a steady recording.
  • Please ensure that the video can be accessed at that URL before submitting the link.
  • Do not discuss any intellectual property you have created that has not been legally protected.

How to apply?

If you are interested and qualified, please apply by clicking the “Apply Now” button below. (the link will be provided on May 15, 2024).

Apply Now
Submit your Video

Note: If you are selected, you will be notified by email in October to schedule your interview on November 3rd or 4th. You have only 24 hours to confirm your participation in the interview. 

Visit the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign website or read the FAQ for more information on the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign Innovation Fellowship. Check this recorded informative session to know more about this fellowship. 

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