FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

Type: Fellowship Program
Topics: Education
Board: Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships

Activity News and Announcements

Activity Description

The 2015-2016 Call for Applications is now closed.

Launched in 2012, this regulatory science fellowship is a collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). It is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to the regulation of tobacco products and FDA’s new authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This is an excellent opportunity for exceptional professionals to actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies, serve as the lead for defined projects, meet with policy leaders, and acquire new knowledge related to tobacco products and their use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

The fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at CTP in Maryland. The fourth class of fellows will start in September 2015. Fellows will be placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and Enforcement; Health Communication and Education; Management; Policy; Regulations; or Science. See pages 5-6 of the Call for Applications for a description of each office.

Fellows are expected to complete the full 12-month residential fellowship. Each fellow will be awarded up to $95,000 based on salary history. Fellows may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the IOM or get reimbursed for a Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) plan. Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000).


Exceptional professionals with a minimum of five to seven years of experience are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have a valid green card number before applying to the program and must have an advanced degree in one of the fields listed below.

  • Behavioral Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Communications/Marketing/Advertising
  • Consumer Education
  • Economics, Political Science, and other Social Sciences such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology
  • Legal/Law Enforcement
  • Medicine/Nursing
  • Physical Science and Toxicology
  • Public Health, including Public Health Ethics
  • Public Policy/Public Administration
  • Public Relations/Journalism

Selection Criteria

Fellows will be selected through a national competition on basis of:

  • Professional Achievements
  • Expertise in an Area of Relevance to the CTP
  • Quality of Essays
  • Quality of Letters of Recommendation

Application Materials

The 2015 Call for Applications is now closed.

Important Dates - 2015

January 5 - March 2     Online Applications Accepted  
March 30 - April 2      Selection of Finalists for In-Person Interviews
April 3   Notification of Finalists
April 28   In-Person Interviews in Washington, DC 
April 29   Notification of Awardees
September 8   Start of Fellowship


The FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship is administered by the IOM and sponsored by the FDA/CTP.  All inquiries should be directed to:

FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship
500 Fifth Street, NW
Keck WS 838
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 334-1506

FDA Mission

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and for regulating tobacco products to protect the public health.

FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)

The CTP was established by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act), which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009. Its mission is to protect Americans from tobacco-related death and disease by regulating the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products, and by educating the public, especially young people, about tobacco products and the dangers their use poses to themselves and others.