In an effort to attract more scientific talent to the FDA, the agency is launching a two-year fellowship program designed to train scientists and engineers on the scientific foundations of its regulatory actions.
The program will start in October, and the agency is considering applicants for 30–40 slots in the first entering class. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in medicine or another scientific field or at least a bachelor’s degree for engineering positions.
“To fulfill our mission over the coming decade, we will need to recruit thousands of highly skilled scientists and others with specialized and relevant expertise,” Frank Torti, principal deputy commissioner and chief scientist, said.
“The FDA Commissioner’s Fellowship Program is designed to attract these people to the FDA and provide them with in-depth knowledge of the science that underpins regulatory decisions as we meet the challenges of both globalization and rapid changes in science and technology,” he said.