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The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce the establishment of a new National Excellence Fellow position for graduate students. Applications will be accepted from highly-qualified undergraduate and M.S. students planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering. Candidates eligible for national fellowships from organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Hertz Foundation and others will be most competitive for this position. Applicants should intend to pursue translational research that impacts the biomedical engineering industry.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Apply to the Ph.D. program in BME@TAMU via EngineeringCAS and submit all supporting documents no later than December 1
  • U.S. Resident
  • Received or will receive a B.S. degree in an engineering degree from an accredited U.S. institution prior to starting the Ph.D. program
  • GRE scores of 164-Q/156-V or higher (not required for fall 2021 applicants)
  • GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • A minimum of two years of research experience

Awarded Funding

Expense Funding Provided Description

Tuition and fees


All tuition and allowable fees are covered, for which this is the approximate current cost.




Professional Development


Conference travel, etc. Subject to approval.

Additional Support


One-time signing bonus provided in two lump sums at the start of the first fall and spring semester



Funding for subsequent years would total $50,000/yr.

The holder of this position will receive the funding support stated above for up to five years, with annual renewal based on academic performance, satisfactory research progress, timely completion of degree milestones, and submission of competitive application(s) to national fellowships. Students who win a competitive fellowship will receive a $10,000 annual stipend to supplement the national fellowship and will also retain the $2,500 annual professional development support.

Fellow Expectations & Other Information

In addition to the funding listed above, students will receive invitation to special networking opportunities with industry and academic partners of the program. They will also have the opportunity to complete internships with industry or national labs, or complete training programs related to a career in academia.

Application Information

The standard application to the Ph.D. program is required, along with an additional one-page statement of national excellence and translational research ambitions. Within this, the applicant should describe their unique qualifications and experiences that differentiate them from peers in terms of potential to succeed in a translational research environment. Further, specific translational research goals aligned with or complementary to those of TAMU faculty should be indicated. Top applicants will be invited to participate in phone interviews in January. These will be used to make final decisions on award offers. The number of offers made in a given year will depend on availability of funds and quality of applications.