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Fellowship Programs


IEM is proud to provide support for various fellowship opportunities to eligible students in University of Minnesota degree programs.


IEM Doctoral Fellowship Award

Deadline for application submission extended to 5:00pm (CST) on May 31, 2019.

This Fellowship, which is available only to students of IEM members, includes a $25,000 stipend plus $2,500 for professional development. We welcome new applications and previously submitted University of Minnesota IDF and DDF fellowship applications that were declined as long as they are modified to meet the criteria below.

To be eligible for the IEM Doctoral Fellowship, students must meet the following criteria:

Applications should include

  1. A letter of support from the student’s primary advisor (one page max.).
  2. A letter of support from each collaborating faculty member (one page max.).
  3. The research plan for the dissertation project (three page max., including abstract and all figures and tables). References should be included, but will not count against the page limit.
  4. The student’s CV, which must include an up-to-date transcript, GPA, and publication list.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file.

All documents must have minimum 0.5 in margins on all sides, use 11 pt. Arial font or larger (10 pt. Arial for figure and table captions), and be at least single-spaced.

Please send applications to, CC to Stephanie Scott at

Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee of faculty who are members of IEM with possible broader inclusion of CSE, CBS and Medical School faculty. We currently plan on awarding 5 – 8 IEM Doctoral Fellowships for 2019-20 and announcing recipients by July 15, 2019. Recipients of the IEM Doctoral Fellowship program will be announced and their work featured at the upcoming IEM Annual Conference and Retreat in September, 2019. Recipients will have the opportunity to participate in a professional development program to be provided by the IEM leadership.

We are excited to offer this opportunity to the students of IEM faculty and look forward to receiving your application.

IEM Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship

Each fiscal year, IEM is proud to offer the Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship, which supports deserving students to travel to research meetings to deliver presentations based on their research. Each fiscal year, several awards of $1000 are given to deserving graduate students to support their travel to a domestic or international conference to present research that falls within the scope of that carried out by IEM membership and their thematic areas. Recipients of the award are graduate students at the University of Minnesota who are engaged in study and research related to engineering in medicine, and who are advised by IEM members. Applicants are evaluated on several criteria, including their record of academic achievement, the quality of their research plan, their demonstrated commitment to engineering in medicine, and demonstrated leadership strengths. The call for applications is announced in March and awardees are notified in the following month of May.

Questions regarding the IEM Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship may be directed to Stephanie Scott at or 612-624-8483.

2016 IEM Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship Recipients

2017 IEM Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship Recipients


IEM Faculty Career Development Award

The Institute for Engineering in Medicine Faculty Career Development Award seeks to honor highly promising IEM early career faculty (e.g. 4th year Assistant Professor – 3rd year Associate Professor) by recognizing their accomplishments to date and supporting their research activities. Up to 3 awards are granted each year each supporting $10K/year for three years to support the awardees research program. IEM early career faculty are to be nominated by an IEM senior faculty member with close knowledge of the nominee’s research program and development potential. Both the nominator(s) and candidate need to be members of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine..

A call for nomination will be sent to IEM members in June with a nomination deadline of August. For nomination material and checklist information and for questions regarding the IEM Faculty Career Development Award, please contact Stephanie M. Scott at or 612-624-8483.

2016 IEM Faculty Career Development Award Recipients


Scott D. and Susan D. Augustine Biomedical Engineering Research Fellowship

The Augustine Fellowship recognizes outstanding students who are participating in the MD/MS Dual-Degree Program through the University of Minnesota's Medical School and Department of Biomedical Engineering. This program will uniquely prepare new physicians as opinion leaders and bridge builders between medicine and engineering in the evolving biomedical engineering/healthcare industry, a field that applies high-tech research to improvements in health. Read more about the M.D./M.S. Program and the Augustine Fellowship


Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF)

This Graduate School fellowship awards outstanding graduate students with interdisciplinary dissertation topics who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes. IEM is pleased to be one of the sites for the Graduate School's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships, which are located in the University's interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.

IDF applicants are required to include a letter of support from the center or institute's director in their application. In order to be considered for a letter of support from IEM, students must submit a preliminary application directly to IEM with support from one of IEM faculty members.

Additional information on this program, including deadlines for application, can be found through the University of Minnesota's Graduate School website: