FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship
Welcome to the online application system.
The Call for Applications for the 2013-2014 fellowship is now closed. The next Call for Applications will become available in January 2014.
This fellowship is a collaborative program between the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Exceptional, highly competitive professionals are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the fellowship, click on "Call for Applications" tab above. Descriptions of the FDA, CTP, and its participating offices can be found under the "FDA/CTP Offices" tab. The FDA, CTP, and IOM websites can be accessed by clicking on the corresponding links at the top.
Before you register to begin your application, please note that all applicants must:
- be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or permanent residents*
- have a minimum of five to seven years of relevant experience
- have an advanced degree in one of the fields listed below.
- Behavioral Science
- Biomedical Science
- Biomedical Engineering
- Consumer Education
- Economics, Political Science, and other Social Sciences such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology
- Medicine / Nursing
- Physical Science and Toxicology
- Public Health, including Public Health Ethics
- Public Policy/Public Administration
*Applicants must have been admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and have a valid green card number at the time their applications are submitted.
For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email email@example.com.
View tips below to prepare your application.
Read the Call for Applications before registering and beginning your online application. For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for one or both of the informational webinars to receive an overview of the fellowship program and ask questions. Webinars will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 11:00am EST and Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 3:00pm EST.
Prepare and complete the online application, which consists of the following sections:
- Eligibility - Answer questions regarding your eligibility to apply
- Personal Information - Provide your contact information
- Education & Employment - Respond to questions about education and employment
- References - Identify three (3) references and provide their name, phone number, and email address
- Uploads - Prepare and upload the following required supporting documents:
- Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) (no page limit)
- A one-page Biography (limited to 300 words - Please do not use the biosketch format required for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application)
- Two (2) Essays in response to the topics below (each limited to 300 words)
- Explain how this fellowship would contribute to your career development
- Describe an instance or an issue related to your discipline which challenged you to come up with an innovative and collaborative problem-solving solution
For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email email@example.com.
Call for Applications
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the regulatory, scientific, public health and consumer protection agency responsible for ensuring that all human and animal drugs, and medical devices are safe and effective, that cosmetics, foods, food additives, drugs and medicated feeds for food producing animals, and radiation emitting devices are safe, and for regulating tobacco products to protect the public health.
Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)
The CTP was established by the Tobacco Control Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009. Its mission is to protect Americans from tobacco-related death and disease by regulating the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products, and by educating the public, especially young people, about tobacco products and the dangers their use poses to themselves and others.
- Office of Compliance and Enforcement
- Office of Health Communication and Education
- Office of Management
- Office of Policy
- Office of Regulations
- Office of Science
The Office of Compliance and Enforcement ensures that regulated tobacco products and regulated industry involved with the manufacture, marketing, importation, and distribution of those regulated tobacco products are in compliance with the requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as amended by the Tobacco Control Act. The Office coordinates and collaborates with FDA’s investigators to conduct inspections of regulated industry; works on issues relating to the importation of regulated tobacco products, recalls, and reporting of adverse events; conducts surveillance of tobacco advertising and promotion; and issues warning letters and takes other enforcement actions against those regulated entities found to be in violation of the law. The Office is especially interested in candidates with strong backgrounds in statistical techniques such as organizing, evaluating, and interpreting highly specialized compliance data along with experience in independently evaluating large data sets and preparing analyses.
The Office of Health Communication and Education educates the public about the Tobacco Control Act, FDA’s regulatory authorities, and the tobacco products that the FDA regulates. Through this office, FDA conducts multiple, integrated public health campaigns focused on preventing tobacco initiation and promoting cessation among the nation’s youth and young adults by educating on the dangers of regulated tobacco products. The Office seeks expertise of behavioral scientists, tobacco and public health experts in risk communications, and other professionals with experience in marketing, advertising, and public relations.
The Office of Management provides objective, valid, accurate information and guidance on human capital, travel, information technology, financial management, training, and logistical services to enhance operations and support the public health goals and objectives of the CTP. The Office empowers the pursuit of public health and regulatory achievement by providing excellence and highquality services—attracting, retaining, and developing a world-class workforce. The Office seeks individuals with excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills, and a strong desire to work in public service. The Office is interested in individuals with a Master’s of Public Administration Degree or a Master’s of Public Policy Degree.
The Office of Policy works closely with the CTP Director and its offices to provide policy, legal, and economic analysis on a wide range of priorities, options, and issues. The Office works to ensure that the CTP’s statutory public health goals and policy needs are integrated across all science, regulation, compliance, public education, and management programs. In addition, the Office provides public health and economic analysis and modeling of policy options, and works closely with all CTP offices on evolving issues in tobacco product regulation and control, such as impact on population health, development of tobacco product standards, modified risk products, and regulation of tobacco product marketing. The Office also engages with external stakeholders to inform and educate them about the policy implications of the Tobacco Control Act and FDA regulations and to gather useful facts and insights. The Office relies on individuals with expertise and backgrounds in the law, economics including cost-benefit analysis, public policy, and public health.
The Office of Regulations leads and coordinates the development of regulations, guidelines, and other regulatory documents related to the review and regulation of tobacco products. It also is responsible for responding to citizen petitions, obtaining appropriate delegations of authority, and managing the CTP’s information collection activities. The Office serves as the Center’s experts on issues involving the interpretation and application of the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable laws, Executive Orders, and FDA/HHS/OMB policies. The Office works closely with other CTP offices as well as FDA’s Office of the Chief Counsel and Office of the Commissioner. The Office of Regulations is currently seeking fellows with the ability to analyze complicated legal, scientific, and policy issues as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. Candidates with expertise in administrative law issues are particularly desirable.
The Office of Science provides the scientific expertise needed to support regulatory decisions, reviews tobacco product applications, evaluates the knowledge base for regulatory decisions, and carries out research to fill the gaps in scientific knowledge related to tobacco product regulation. To accomplish this, the Office conducts product-related, toxicological, clinical, consumer behavior, epidemiological, and consumer perception research regarding the initiation, use, cessation, and adverse health impact of tobacco products. Currently, the Office seeks candidates who have advanced education (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) and experience relevant to methods of reporting and analyzing constituent concentrations in tobacco products; analysis of exposure parameters in diverse tobacco-using populations; the toxicological basis of dose-response relationships between constituents and tobacco-related disease; assessing the risks of tobacco products to users and nonusers; human health risk assessment modeling; qualitative and quantitative research on the impacts of product labeling, advertising, or marketing on consumer perceptions and behaviors; epidemiology in both clinical studies and large surveys evaluating the impact of tobacco product use on biomarkers of exposure and diseaseTop of Page