Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

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Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is led by our Fellowship Director, Todd Brinton in collaboration with many other members of the Stanford Biodesign faculty/staff, as well as dozens of experts from the health technology industry.

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is at the heart of Stanford Biodesign’s circle of impact.

Each year, the Biodesign Innovation Fellows learn a project-based approach for identifying important healthcare needs, inventing innovative diagnostics, devices, or other health technologies to address them, and preparing to bring those products into patient care through start-up, corporate, or other implementation channels.

In addition, they become part of the Stanford Biodesign community, which is a life-long, worldwide network of innovators passionate about improving healthcare.

Biodesign Innovation Fellowships are available

Twelve. Each year, we fill three multidisciplinary teams that include individuals with clinical, engineering, computer science, design, and/or business backgrounds. Each team includes four fellows.

Biodesign Innovation Fellowship Qualification

We encourage all US and non-US citizens interested in the program to apply. We are especially interested in applicants with backgrounds in medicine, biosciences, engineering, computer science, product design, or business. Masters, medical, or doctorate degrees are preferred but not required. Some candidates have additional experience in industry or in research positions. In general, we look for some demonstration of creativity/innovation, which could be in the form of a novel approach in a thesis or project class, an invention, an interesting project at home or in the course of a job, or some other example of fresh thinking.  Above all, we are seeking candidates who have the ambition to become leaders in health technology innovation.

Stanford Biodesign is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or physical disability, and we strongly encourage people of historically underrepresented groups to apply.

We typically receive 125 to 150 applications each year and interview approximately 24 finalists for the 12 Biodesign Innovation Fellowships that are available.

Biodesign Innovation Fellowships Application Form

Applicants who wish to be considered for the 2019-2020 fellowship can apply early by completing the application on or before the August 17, 2017 deadline. Early-decision applicants complete the same application as all other applicants but are required to mark the box indicating that they are applying for early decision. Please keep in mind that the threshold for early decision candidates is usually higher than for regular applicants, and these decisions are reserved for top candidates with a compelling reason for why a deferral is needed.

How to Apply

To apply for the Biodesign Innovation fellowship, please:

  • Fill out all online application forms completely
  • Upload supporting materials (see details below)
  • Designate three people to submit recommendation letters on your behalf (name, title, institution, phone, email, relationship, and a personal note from you requesting these references); ideally, one letter should be from your most recent program director or manager
  • Pay the $95 application fee
  • Submit your application once all materials have been uploaded and you have verified that theinformation is correct

To get started, please go to You will first be asked to login or sign-up. Once you have completed this initial registration, you can begin your application. It is not necessary to complete your application in one sitting; you can save your work and return at a later time. To access an in-progress application, go back to the link above and login.

Online Application Forms

The following information is required on the online application forms:

  • Name, address, phone number, email address, and any other information requested during registration.
  • Part A – Current organization/employer, gender identity, date of birth, country of citizenship, and whether you require visa sponsorship. We are also interested in how you heard about our program and if you have applied for the fellowship in prior years (and, if so, when).
  • Part B – Your educational history, including institution names and locations, majors, degrees, and years attended (please list in reverse chronological order).
  • Part C – Questions on the “applicant summary” form to provide reviewers with a snapshot of your background.

Application fee

  • We charge a $95 non-refundable application fee. If your application is incomplete by the deadline, we are unable to refund your payment.
  • The application fee is waived for current Stanford University students, fellows, postdoctoral researchers, residents, or staff members.Please contact us by email with your active SUNet ID to have the fee waived.


Applicants selected to interview for the 2018-2019 fellowship will interview at Stanford on November 9-10, 2017, with an evening welcome reception on November 8. Invitations to interview will be emailed by early October; candidates are asked to confirm participation within 24 hours. Candidates will be responsible for providing their own transportation to the interviews. However, those who reside outside of a 75-mile radius of Stanford will be provided with hotel accommodations for the days of the interviews.

Biodesign Innovation Fellowships Application Deadline

  • Submit your application by 17th August, 2017
  • Interview :  9th-10th November, 2017

Contact Details

James H. Clark Center
318 Campus Drive
Stanford, CA 94305-5428
Phone No : (650) 736-1160
Email :
Website :

JEE Main

Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.