What is the Fellowship?
The Cleveland NeuroDesign Innovation Fellowship (the Fellowship) is a 10 month educational program designed to teach a proven method to identify and validate clinical needs, and then build a commercially viable medical device solution to those needs.
Who teaches the Fellowship?
The vast majority of your learning is experiential, but we have a deep array of excellent mentors to guide you, including from venture capital, strategic device companies, regulatory experts, reimbursement consultants, entrepreneurs, and clinicians of wide variety. We have experts in team dynamics, team coaching, and executive coaching to guide you. The primary faculty consists of experts in neurosurgery, neurology, entrepreneurship, and biomedical engineering shared between Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.
Is this similar to a masters or other graduate degree?
Not really. First, the education is mostly experiential: you will not spend much time in a classroom. The Fellowship is team-based as well. Your team will learn and grow together to make the fellowship a success, as you hone your teamwork and leadership skills. The skills are practical, highly targeted, and immediately applicable to a variety of careers in health technology.
How many spots are available?
There are four spots available. The four Fellows will form a team and go through the process together. The team is chosen to be highly multidisciplinary, covering clinical, engineering, and business backgrounds and skills including programming, prototyping, design, medical experience, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
What are the qualifications for selection?
We look for individuals with strong leadership, problem solving, creativity, teamwork, and communication skills. And, we are seeking candidates who have the passion and ambition to become leaders in health technology innovation.
We are interested in applicants from diverse backgrounds, including the engineering, science, computer science, product design, business, law, medical or nursing fields. Advanced degrees are preferred. Many candidates also have relevant work experience in the health technology industry or in related research positions.
We strongly encourage people of historically underrepresented groups to apply.
What is the Fellowship NOT?
It is not an incubator, or accelerator, or funding organization. It is not a degree program. You will not be bringing existing projects to the Fellowship, rather, you'll be inventing a solution to a clinical need from scratch.
Is the Fellowship full time?
Yes. The Fellowship is a relatively intense full-time experience. Fellows should expect to work in excess of 40 hours per week. However, the schedule is somewhat flexible at certain points during the year to support a reasonable work/life balance. Moonlighting is not allowed.
When does it start and end?
Ideally, September 1st. There is some small chance this date will change as we learn more about the impact of Covid-19 on our program.
The program concludes on the last week of May.
Is the Fellowship paid?
Yes. Your stipend will be determined by the Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends. Benefits will be through the Cleveland Clinic.
Is housing provided?
No. You will need to obtain housing in Cleveland for the duration of the Fellowship, but the stipend will be adequate for that.
Will you consider international candidates?
If you have existing permission to work in the United States, yes. We can not sponsor employment visas at this time.