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Commissioner’s Fellowship Program

Description: The Office of Scientific Professional Development manages the Commissioner’s Fellowship Program, a two-year Fellowship Program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. The goals of the program are to: 1) attract scientists to the FDA to address a regulatory science issue, 2) train scientists in regulatory science and 3) serve as a potential recruiting tool to attract scientists who do not typically consider FDA as a career option. Each year, the Commissioner’s Fellowship Program brings scientists to the FDA to address critical regulatory science priorities. The completion of the regulatory science projects by the Commissioner’s Fellows enhances the science underpinning the work we do — the science that provides a foundation for our regulatory decisions, in evaluating and approving products that will make a difference in the lives of Americans.

A. 2011 Program

Of the 32 Fellows hired, 30 (94%) graduated from the Fellowship program. Of those who graduated, 19 (63%) accepted internal offers at the FDA. Three graduates took positions with academia and two with industry.

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Hire 2011 Fellows

10/24/2011

Completed 12/5/2011

B. Conduct Fellows Orientation

10/28/2011

Completed 12/9/2011

C. Submit Fellows projects

3/30/2012

Completed 6/18/2012

D. Approve Fellows projects

6/30/2012

Completed 8/10/2012

E. Conduct first year training

9/30/2012

Completed 10/18/2012

F. Present Fellows mid-program projects

12/21/2012

(1/17/2013)

Completed 1/17/2013

G. Conduct second year training

3/30/2013

Completed 3/6/2013

H. Submit nominations for final project presentations

6/30/2013

Completed 8/2/2013

I. Select final project presentations

8/30/2013

Completed 8/30/2013

J. Hold graduation

9/30/2013

Completed 9/4/2013

B. 2012 Program

Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Hire 2012 Fellows

2/28/2013

Completed 2/19/2013

B. Conduct Fellows Orientation

2/28/2013

Completed 2/19/2013

C. Submit Fellows projects

6/28/2013

Completed 5/24/2013

D. Approve Fellows projects

8/9/2013

Completed 6/19/2013

E. Conduct first year training

10/30/2013

Completed 12/11/2013

F. Present Fellows mid-program projects

1/31/2014

Completed 1/14/2014

G. Conduct second year training

5/1/2014

On Track

H. Submit final project reports

6/30/2014

Not Yet Started

I. Select final project presentations

8/29/2014

Not Yet Started

J. Hold graduation and present final presentations

9/30/2014

Not Yet Started

B. 2013 Program

Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Prior Briefing Status: ON TRACK

Milestone DescriptionMilestone DateMilestone StatusMilestone Completion Date

A. Hire 2013 Fellows

2/28/2014

Completed 12/15/2013

B. Conduct Fellows Orientation

2/28/2014

Completed 12/15/2013

C. Submit Fellows projects

6/30/2014

Completed 1/31/2014

D. Approve Fellows projects

8/8/2014

Not Yet Started

E. Conduct first year training

10/30/2014

Not Yet Started

F. Present Fellows mid-program projects

1/31/2015

Not Yet Started

G. Conduct second year training

7/1/2015

Not Yet Started

H. Submit final project reports

7/10/2015

Not Yet Started

I. Select final project presentations

8/29/2015

Not Yet Started

J. Hold graduation and present final presentations

9/30/2015

Not Yet Started

Key Projects Legend

Milestone StatusDefinition
Not Yet StartedWork for specific milestone has not yet been started.
CompletedMilestone and/or overall project is completed.
On TrackMilestone - On track for completion by milestone deadline. Quarter status - Project is on track for completion based on overall milestone status.
On HoldMilestone - On hold, but deadline for completion has not passed. Quarter status - Project is on hold, based on overall milestone status.
DelayedMilestone - Delayed as it has not been completed and deadline has passed. Quarter status - Project is delayed based on overall milestone status.

Glossary

Note: The data provided on this website is produced on an ongoing basis for performance management purposes and is subject to change due to updates of preliminary estimates, corrections, or other reasons. In addition, FDA may change the type or amount of data provided on this website at any time. Information marked as "Completed" may include measures and/or key projects for which activities are ongoing but no longer tracked as part of FDA-TRACK.