Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship


Singapore-Stanford Biodesign

The mission of Singapore-Stanford Biodesign is to nurture the next generation of medical technology innovators for Singapore and Asia.

Launched in 2010, the program is a collaboration between Stanford University, the Singapore Economic Development Board, and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Each year, a multidisciplinary team of four fellows comprising engineers, doctors, and business/industry professionals train at Stanford and then initiate innovation projects focused on addressing unmet healthcare needs in Singapore and other parts of Asia. To date, the program has trained more than 20 Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellows who are on their way to becoming leaders in the field.


The Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship is an intensive full-time, project-based training experience that teaches the biodesign innovation process with a focus on clinical needs affecting patients in Asia.


Each year, the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program selects four fellows with backgrounds in medicine, engineering, business, and/or design to work together as a multidisciplinary team. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for medical technology innovation, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), an Master of Science in engineering or business, or a Bachelor of Science with significant industry experience and a track record in invention. Priority is given to Singapore citizens and permanent residents.


The fellows train at Stanford Biodesign for five months, followed by seven months in Singapore. The program also includes a 3-week clinical immersion in a hospital in Asia outside Singapore (e.g., Indonesia, Korea). Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellows receive tuition, a stipend, and international travel support.


The Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellowship runs from January through December each year. It may be extended an additional six months if projects require further development.


Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellows are selected via an application and interview process. Applications for the 2018 program are open from March 1 to May 2, 2017. For more information, please visit the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign website.

To learn about the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellow alumni, please review their bios.