Global Biodesign Student Exchange Program

The program for 2013 has been cancelled.

The Global Biodesign Student Exchange Program, through funding via C-IDEA, provides students and fellows from the sciences, engineering, medicine and business the opportunity to work on teams to work on solutions to unmet needs in rural settings in our partner programs in India. The program is multi-faceted: offering training; funding; workshops and travel. It requires a self-starting student or fellow with a desire to make an impact on a global scale.

Partnering with our global fellows from India, four teams (up to two students and/or fellows) per year will have the opportunity to research a disease state from India, take the Global Biodesign class, then over the summer spend four - six weeks with the global fellows working on needs at Stanford-India Biodesign strart-ups. Upon return, the teams will report on their experience.


Any Stanford student or fellow may apply to the Global Biodesign Student Exchange Program, but graduate students and fellows will have preference. Prerequisites include taking a related course, such as the Biodesign Innovation class or the Extreme Affordability class [students without such a course may petition to be considered citing other experiences or show of interest.] You should have a desire to make an impact in underserved population centers and have an interest in medical technology.

You must be available to

  • take the Global Biodesign class
  • travel the summer after the class
  • report on your experience upon return


* Global Needs

A global need is one that is derived from an underserved population in a developing country, often obviating the need for low-cost device solutions.

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Due to a lack of enrollment this program is cancelled for 2013.





Funds will be provided for travel and other project expenses. NOTE: Because these funds are from an NIH grant, and in accordance with the Fly America Act (49 USC 40118), any air transportation to, from, between, or within a country other than the U.S. of persons or property, the expense of which will be assisted by this funding, must be performed by or under a code-sharing arrangement with a U.S.-flag air carrier if service provided by such a carrier is available. Tickets (or documentation for electronic tickets) must identify the U.S. flag air carrier’s designator code and flight number.

We encourage applicants to discuss the program with Anurag Mairal and/or Christine Kurihara prior to applying.

Documents should go to

Deadline for 2013: CANCELLED

Project Reporting: All projects will need to provide an interim report following the overseas trip and a final report at the conclusion of the fall quarter.


We have established partnerships in various cities in India. Companies from the SIB fellowship also work in Pune, Bangalore and Chennai.