Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

Program Details

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

Watch the May 20 Webinar

Thinking about applying for the 2022-23 Innovation Fellowship? View the recording of a webinar with program leaders James Wall and Sandra Waugh Ruggles to learn more! 

Watch the June 24 Webinar

What is it like to be a Biodesign Innovation Fellow? Learn more in this webinar with program leader Sandra Waugh Ruggles and four fellowship alumni.

Register for Real Talk on July 19

We acknowledge that the Stanford Biodesign alumni of color have a different experience and would like to provide a space for prospective applicants to have candid conversations and ask questions about that experience. Join us!

Download Flyer

Check out the flyer for the 2022-23 Stanford Biodesign Innovation Fellowship

Watch Webinar

Watch a recording of the July 2020 webinar with program leaders James Wall and  Sandra Waugh Ruggles

Watch Webinar

Watch a recording of the July 2020 webinar with assistant director Sandra Waugh Ruggles and four fellowship alumni 


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 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

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, science, 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 2021-22 fellowship year are now closed. Applications for 2022-23 will open on Friday, May 14 and close on Friday, August 13, 2021. Please watch our website for details as spring approaches! To learn more about the program and the application process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also find more information there about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the Innovation Fellowship.