FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship

The 2019 Call for Applications is now closed. The next CFA will become available in January 2020.

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 is 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 will be placed in one of six areas within the CTP: Compliance and EnforcementHealth Communication and EducationManagementPolicyRegulations; or Science.

Fellows are expected to complete the full 12-month residential fellowship. Each fellow will be awarded a stipend based on salary history (up to $95,000). Fellows may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the NAM or get reimbursed for a Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) plan. Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000).

2018 Fellows

Frank Bandiera, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Texas, Dallas

Megan Hicks, MPH

Executive Director, South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative, Columbia

Catherine Kemp, MHA

Doctoral Candidate, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta

Mauricio Rangel-Gomez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park

Samantha Reilly, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science, Department of Public Health Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey

Jamie Tam, PhD

Researcher, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Exceptional professionals with a minimum of five years of experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been admitted to the United States for permanent residence and have a valid green card number before applying to the program 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 will be 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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