Leslie Bottorff Fellowship Program (formerly known as the Innovation for Clinical Translation (ICT) Fellowship program) was established as a key component of the expanding partnership between the Purdue College of Engineering and Indiana University School of Medicine to increase the number of doctoral engineering students who are focused on translating innovating technologies to clinical practice.

Each year 8-10 new Bottorff Fellows will be named whose doctoral thesis research projects directly target new innovations in medical diagnostics and therapies that have significant promise for near-term translation into hospital and ambulatory care settings.

Bottorff Fellows are co-mentored by two faculty members: one in the Purdue College of Engineering and one in Indiana University School of Medicine.

The fellows pursue clinical immersions during the early-stages of their thesis research, work with their mentors to identify the most pressing healthcare needs, and create engineering design and development strategies that are translatable into patient use. The fellows will have unmatched capabilities to move device designs rapidly from ideas to medical products.

Selection criteria for Bottorff Fellows is based on outstanding academic preparation and research productivity as well as potential for entrepreneurship and leadership in transforming the future of healthcare.

The Bottorff Fellowship program was established by Mung Chiang, John A. Edwardson Dean of the Purdue College of Engineering, and Jay Hess, Dean of Indiana University School of Medicine in 2018 and is jointly funded by the two institutions.


Annual stipend, supplemented with graduate research stipend resourced by the co-mentoring faculty members. Bottorff Fellow supplement awards will be supported equally by the Purdue College of Engineering and Indiana University School of Medicine.

To Nominate a Graduate Student

To nominate a graduate student for this program, please complete this form (one-page limit) and attach the student’s resume/CV. Submit this form electronically with student’s resume/CV as one PDF to Cindy Holderbaum (cholderb@purdue.edu) by July 20.