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How to Apply

1. Written Statements: Each applicant is required to submit ALL of the three (3) following statements.

a)  A written statement addressing why you are interested in the BI Innovation Fellowship and how the opportunity will help you develop personally and professionally. Responses should be limited to 500 words or less.

b)  A written statement that addresses one (1) of the following prompts. Responses should be limited to 500 words or less.

i) If selected, how will you directly contribute to the success of the BI Innovation Fellowship?

ii) Describe something interesting about yourself that is not reflected on your resume. How will that contribute to your success in the BI Innovation Fellowship Program?

iii) Outside the scope of your research where you had to problem-solve and demonstrate leadership. Who was involved? What happened? How did you exhibit leadership?

c)  A written statement that integrates and highlights your commitment to DEI and your DEI professional development experiences. Responses should be limited to 250 words or less.

2. CV

3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

4. Application Submission

Register for the informational session being held March 22, 2023, from 1-2:30 pm.

Applications and Letters of Recommendation need to be submitted to by April 30, 2023.

Selected applicants will be invited for interviews with the program Selection Committee. Notice of application decisions will be made in mid-June. Fellowships will begin on August 1, 2023.


The Biointerfaces Institute is seeking applications for the BI Innovation Fellowship. The Innovation Fellowship is a full-time position for up to two years at a competitive $60,000 salary with full benefits. The program offers a unique opportunity for Fellows to be embedded within the BI research and translational ecosystem to explore research commercialization. Fellows will:

  • Collaborate with multiple research groups to find viable commercial pathways for the research being done at BI.
  • Participate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship training curriculum offered at BI, Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE), Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI).
  • Work with teams to pursue funding opportunities e.g., translational funding; local, regional, national pitch competitions.
  • Receive mentorship from BI Faculty members and innovation partners, including the CFE, FFMI, Office of Technology Transfer.
  • Attend workshops, seminars and innovation events across campus and through local innovation organizations and at the national level.
  • Participate in professional development events available at BI and offered by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Rackham Graduate School.
  • Engage with clinicians the U-M health system and beyond to understand the opportunities and challenges of potential innovations.

Who We Are

The Biointerfaces Institute (BI) at the University of Michigan (U-M) provides a new blueprint for biomedical research that encourages out-of-the-box thinking, drives innovation, accelerates the path from basic research to real-world health outcomes, while serving as an ideal training site for the next generation of scientists and thought leaders. Designed to break down disciplinary silos and promote continual collaboration between scientists, engineers and clinicians, BI is home to 32 research groups comprised of more than 400 students and researchers from the School of Dentistry, the College of Engineering, the School of Medicine, and the College of Pharmacy, collocated in over 56,000 square foot of dedicated, state-of-the-art facilities. BI provides some of the most diverse research environments at U-M. Many grad students, postdocs, visiting scholars from various departments and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty with all backgrounds are welcomed and contributing to high-impact research. We believe that each individual possesses a unique talent that needs to be fostered and highlighted.

Michigan Engineers are world-class educators, researchers, students and staff who strive to build a people-first future. As part of the nation’s number one public research institution, Michigan Engineering's mission is to provide scientific and technological leadership to the people of the world, develop intellectually curious and socially conscious minds, create collaborative solutions to societal problems, and promote an inclusive and innovative community of service for the common good.

Our vision, mission and values are supported by a people-first engineering framework that guides our work. As Michigan Engineers, we strive to apply excellent engineering fundamentals, integrated expertise and equity-centered values to reimagine what engineering can be, close critical gaps, and elevate all people. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at:

The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Michigan Engineering models that commitment in our research, culture and collaborations. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of that commitment. Learn more about DEI at Michigan Engineering:

Required Qualifications*

  • Applicants must be recent PhD or professional degree graduates or junior postdoctoral trainees in an engineering, life sciences, physical sciences or a related field. A PhD or professional degree must be granted prior to starting the fellowship.
  • Strong scientific or technology background in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences or a related field. Experience in multidisciplinary research projects is preferred.
  • Strong interest in innovation and entrepreneurship at the intersection of engineering and health sciences.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.