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Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards

The scholarships listed below are only available to students in bioengineering.

AIMBE Scholars Program

The AIMBE Scholars Program is a highly competitive program, consisting of one-year immersion experiences from September 1 to August 31 with placements within the FDA. The program enables distinguished post doctorates in the medical and biomedical engineering fields to serve as expert advisors to policymakers. Scholars receive training about the federal policy process (including budget, regulatory, and grant processes) and build relationships with key government stakeholders. In turn, they share their knowledge of the latest cutting-edge research and technological innovations with the FDA.

AIMBE is soliciting applications for its September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016 program year. Scholars are provided with a $70,000 stipend. Applicants must hold a PhD-level degree in medical or biological engineering or a related field, be a U.S. citizen, and have an excellent record of achievement. The deadline to apply is December 5. More information is available online at

Whitaker International Program

The Whitaker Program was funded by The Whitaker Foundation (now closed), and is administered by the Institute of International Education.  The Whitaker International Program is a competitive grant that sends emerging leaders in biomedical engineering (or bioengineering) overseas to increase international collaboration in the field.  The grants are awarded based on an activity/project proposal that is relevant to biomedical engineering and provides funding for biomedical engineers/bioengineers to conduct a field-relevant activity abroad.

The Whitaker International Program has an additional Summer grant opportunity available for currently enrolled Master's or PhD students, or recent Master's recipients. Summer awards are for 8 weeks (between end of May and end of August). Awards include a fixed fellowship award and a monthly stipend along with additional standard grant benefits: travel, setting-in allowance, and insurance coverage. Up to 20 awards will be available for Summer 2015.

The websites listed below have all the information pertaining to the program, including eligibility requirements, potential host institutions, and former grantee profiles. 

Website & Online Application  (general program website)

Please note, the Whitaker International Program is coming to an end with last set of awards for one year fellowship being offered in 2015, two year post-doc Scholarships being offered in 2016.  The program end date is December 31, 2018 which means that all grantees will have completed their grants by this date.  Additionally, please note we are no longer offering the Whitaker Undergraduate Awards.

Stem Scholarship

Upon approval, eligible Ph.D. students are offered STEM scholarships.  To be eligible, students must be a Graduate Research Assistant or a Graduate Teaching Assistant and have approval from the student’s supervising faculty member.  Students are not eligible for STEM scholarships if they are admitted under provisional or probationary status. Students will need to obtain the necessary departmental employment paperwork from their supervising faculty member and return the completed paperwork to Cindy Bradfield.  Students must be enrolled in 9 hours in the fall and spring semesters and 6 hours in the summer semesters.  Ph.D. students in their defending (final) semester are eligible for STEM if they have completed at least 6 dissertation credit hours prior to their defending semester and are enrolled in 3 credit hours of dissertation credit (BE 7399).

Robert and Carol Eberhart Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded on a competitive basis in the spring semesters, and awarded for the subsequent fall and spring. Benefits include $500 and in-state tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, the recipient is eligible for in-state tuition in the summer of the academic year in which he/she has received the scholarship. The scholarship expires after one year. Applicants must be declared graduate Bioengineering students, must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of BE courses, must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and must have at least 9 semester hours of study remaining for degree completion. The availability of the scholarship is announced via email and posted announcements in the BE Department prior to the spring semester. The students will be awarded this scholarship at the annual Engineering Awards Banquet. A committee will evaluate the applications and contact the selected students.


GAAN Fellowship

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship is awarded to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The award is based on a student’s scholastic achievements, their financial need -- as determined from the student’s FAFSA Application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) -- and by their willingness to participate in the GAANN Fellowship training requirements. The announcement and application forms for this fellowship will be sent to all Ph.D. students periodically throughout the year, as positions become available. The applications are reviewed by the GAANN faculty committee to select outstanding applicants who satisfy the eligibility criteria.

As part of the requirements, the Fellows must satisfy the requirements of the program which includes: maintaining good academic standing, attending and completing a course on the Best Teaching and Learning Practices, shadowing a faculty member’s teaching activities for one course and one full academic semester to consist of attending the faculty’s lectures, learning various teaching aspects such as developing homework assignments, grading and testing, teaching one didactic or laboratory course for one semester under the guidance of a faculty member while being mentored and provided with feedback including evaluation sessions from the faculty and students, and participation in professional development activities (e.g., paper writing, scientific presentation skills, bioengineering seminars, national conferences, and local symposia throughout the time of receiving the Fellowship). The level of fellowship offered is determined based on student need. Applicants will be evaluated by the committee and contacted individually.

Franklyn Alexander Ph.D. Scholarship

This Doctoral Scholarship has been made possible by a generous gift of Dr. Franklyn Alexander. The scholarship supports students who pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, excel academically, and intend to work in the field of bioengineering in the U.S. upon graduation.


Alfred and Janet Potvin Award

Outstanding Bioengineering Student
Dr. Alfred Potvin began his academic career at UT Arlington in 1966 and served as the first Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program from 1974 to 1984. Highly acclaimed throughout his career, Dr. Potvin is regarded as one of the outstanding leaders in biomedical engineering. This scholarship recognizes students with high academic and research performance.

Please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for additional scholarships and fellowships offered, and visit the College of Engineering to view scholarships for current and future undergraduate students.