Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

Program Details

Discover more about the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship....

Watch the May 10 WEBINAR

Sandra Ruggles, Assistant Director of the Innovation Fellowship, and multiple alumni shared their experience and how the program shaped their careers.

Watch the March 29 Webinar

Learn more about the 2023-24 Innovation Fellowship and the application process from program leaders James Wall and Sandra Ruggles. 

Download Flyer

Check out the flyer for the 2023-24 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship. 


The Stanford 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 medical device, diagnostic, digital health, and biotechnology 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

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


Individuals with advanced degrees and/or substantial work experience in the engineering, life sciences, computer science, business, product design, law, medical, or nursing fields are encouraged to apply. 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 a variety of other settings across the continuum of care.


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


Applications for the 2024-25 fellowship will open in May 2023 and will close in mid-August 2023. More information will be available this spring. To learn more about the program and the application process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.