FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

We are no longer accepting applications for this fellowship.

Launched in 2012, this regulatory science fellowship is a collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the National Academy of Medicine. It is designed for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to the regulation of tobacco products and FDA’s authorities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for exceptional professionals to actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies, serve as the lead for defined projects, meet with policy leaders, and acquire new knowledge related to tobacco products and their use, which is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

The fellowship is a 12-month, multidisciplinary residential program at CTP in Maryland. Fellows will start in September. Fellows are placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and EnforcementHealth Communication and EducationManagementPolicyRegulations; or Science.

2019-2020 Fellows

Meet our fellows, who were chosen through a highly selective national competition based on their exceptional, diverse professional qualifications to contribute to the work of CTP. If you wish to contact our fellows who are located in your geographic area and/or who share a similar professional background, please contact the NAM fellowship office at (202) 334-1506.

Ravi Choudhuri, MPH

Public Health Professional

Reema Goel, PhD, MS

Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science

Marzena Spindle, PhD, MHS

Behavioral Pharmacologist

Deeba Syed, PhD, MBBS

Researcher, Department of Dermatology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Exceptional professionals with a minimum of five years of experience and must have an advanced degree in one of the fields listed below.

  • Behavioral Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Communications/Marketing/Advertising
  • Consumer Education
  • Economics, Political Science, and other Social Sciences such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology
  • Legal/Law Enforcement
  • Medicine/Nursing
  • Physical Science and Toxicology
  • Public Health, including Public Health Ethics
  • Public Policy/Public Administration
  • Public Relations/Journalism

Selection Criteria

Fellows are selected through a national competition on basis of:

  • Professional achievements
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the CTP
  • Quality of essays
  • Quality of letters of recommendation

The FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship is administered by the NAM and sponsored by the FDA/CTP.  All inquiries should be directed to:

FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship
500 Fifth Street, NW
Keck WS 838
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 334-1506

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