Biodesign Innovation Fellowship


Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is at the heart of Stanford Biodesign’s circle of impact.

Each year, the Biodesign Innovation Fellows learn a project-based approach for identifying important healthcare needs, inventing innovative diagnostics, devices, or other health technologies to address them, and preparing to bring those products into patient care through start-up, corporate, or other implementation channels.

In addition, they become part of the Stanford Biodesign community, which is a life-long, worldwide network of innovators passionate about improving healthcare.

Learn more (in a short video) about what attracts fellows to the Stanford Biodesign program. Or check out recordings from last year's webinars:

View Webinar With Todd Brinton View Webinar With Fellowship Alumni


The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is a launch pad for initiating, redirecting, or accelerating a career in health technology innovation. Stanford Biodesign graduates apply their talents to:

  • Catalyzing innovation inside major health technology companies
  • Building their own health technology start-ups
  • Teaching and/or leading translational research programs for world-class universities
  • Driving innovation initiatives within academic or private medical centers
  • Becoming specialists in design, investing, or other aspects of the health technology innovation ecosystem


Individuals with a background in medicine, biosciences, engineering, computer science, product design, law, or business are encouraged to apply. Masters, medical, or doctorate degrees preferred, but not required. Candidates may have some additional experience in industry or research. Fellows will be selected based on their experience, passion, and drive, as well as their potential to become leading innovators in the health tech field. Applicants are welcome from any country.


Stanford Biodesign Fellows become members of the Stanford Biodesign team at the James H. Clark Center on the Stanford University campus. Clinical Immersion is completed at Stanford Health Care, as well as other nearby settings.


The fellowship is a full-time, intensive experience that runs from the beginning of August through mid-June each year. Stanford Biodesign Fellows receive a monthly stipend and health benefits during their fellowship period.


The online application for the 2018-19 fellowship year is now closed. Applications for the 2019-20 fellowship year will open in mid-May 2018. More details about the application process are available on our frequently asked questions page.