The Presidential Summer Innovation Fellowship Program is designed to support the student-based clinical innovation ecosystem at UAB by providing rising junior and senior students from all STEM disciplines an opportunity to engage in a 12-week technology innovation development experience.

Program Details

Fellows will engage in a 12-week independent research and development project under the guidance of faculty members in UAB's School of Engineering and School of Nursing and various clinicians at UAB Hospital. The technology upon which this experience will be based originated from the UAB Solution Studios™ interprofessional clinical innovation program. Projects will be in the general area of biomedical engineering product development with an emphasis on improving outcomes for hospitalized patients.

Number of Fellowships

Five Presidential Summer Innovation Fellowships are awarded each year.

Selection Criteria & Eligibility

Fellows will be selected for their intellectual promise, curiosity, and motivation. Rising junior and senior students from all STEM disciplines are welcome to apply.


Each fellow will be awarded up to $4,500. This compensation is intended to defray the cost of living incurred by students while pursuing their innovation development program over the summer. An additional $500 will be available for prototyping expenses.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted from January 1 to February 28 each year.


Recipients of the award are expected to invest at least 30 hours per week to their project, performing background research, engaging in design and prototyping, and interacting extensively with clinicians at UAB Hospital and other potential project mentors. No outside employment is allowed for the duration of the fellowship, and students may not take classes during the fellowship period.

Learn More

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