The Innovation for Clinical Translation (ICT) Fellowship program was established as a key component of the expanding partnership between the Purdue College of Engineering and Indiana University School of Medicine to increase the number of doctoral students in biomedical engineering who are focused on translating innovating technologies to clinical practice.

Each year new ICT Fellows will be named whose doctoral thesis research projects directly target new innovations in medical diagnostics and therapies that have significant promise for near-term translation into hospital and ambulatory care settings.

ICT Fellows are co-mentored by two faculty members: one in the Purdue College of Engineering and one in Indiana University School of Medicine.

The fellows pursue clinical immersions during the early-stages of their thesis research, work with their mentors to identify the most pressing healthcare needs, and create engineering design and development strategies that are translatable into patient use. The fellows will have unmatched capabilities to move device designs rapidly from ideas to medical products.

Selection criteria for ICT Fellows is based on outstanding academic preparation and research productivity as well as potential for entrepreneurship and leadership in transforming the future of healthcare.

The ICT Fellowship program was established by Mung Chiang, John A. Edwardson Dean of the Purdue College of Engineering, and Jay Hess, Dean of Indiana University School of Medicine in 2018 and is jointly funded by the two institutions.


Annual stipend, supplemented with graduate research stipend resourced by the co-mentoring faculty members. ICT Fellow supplement awards will be supported equally by the Purdue College of Engineering and Indiana University School of Medicine.

To Apply

Submit package* electronically as 1 PDF file to Cindy Holderbaum ( by July 1.

  • Nomination Summary - A brief statement highlighting the evidence for the nominee's academic and research qualifications and alignment with the research project.
  • Mentor Team - Names and affiliations of the nominee's faculty co-mentors from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and Indiana University School of Medicine.
  • Project Description - A brief statement of the collaborative research project that the nominee will undertake during the fellowship period. Statement should include the innovative approach and the timeline and potential for translation with medical impact.
  • Clinical Mentoring Plan - A brief description of the anticipated timeline and locations of activities, including clinical exposure and clinical mentoring designed to lead to innovation and translation.
  • Nominee Biosketch - An additional short resume (not to exceed 1 page) listing their education and research experiences including all relevant publications.
  • * Package should not exceed 3 pages.