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Biomedical Sciences Exchange Program

To promote excellence in biomedical and health sciences

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The BMEP was established in 1979 by John Boylan, M.D.. University of Connecticut. Medical School, Farmington, and Hilmar Stolte, M.D., Medizinische Hochschule Hannover.

Since the beginning of 1991, with the changing political scene in Europe, the whole program has been broadened to include universities in other countries of Europe.


To maintain and expand a scientific and educational exchange program between North America and Europe, especially to foster academic careers in Biomedicine.

To promote the exchange of technology between academia and industry. Therefore industry-university relationships in the area of post-graduate training will be fostered and encouraged.


The BMEP owes its success to the idea of matching individual students and young research scientists in Biomedicine and affiliated professions with selected senior professionals sharing compatible interests in their exchange country. Participants: Total as of 2009 ca. 650 for the Academic Year Programm and ca. 20 each year. (s. also "As Student in North America")


  • The Academic Year Program gives students the possibility of taking part in projects in their field of research (4-6 months), and of participating in internships or clinical rotations (3-4 months)
  • The Technology Transfer Trainee Program gives graduates and postgraduates, as well as research fellows, the possibility to spend time in their respective field in R&D of industry and in biomedical research institutions of academia. (s. also B.Braun/IALS Fellowship Program)
  • This extension of the BMEP includes members of other health related professions, e.g. nursing, medical technology, logopaedics.


Estimated yearly financial volume: $US 180.000 by means of Fellowships by organizations such as the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Deutsche Studienstiftung, Boehringer Ingelheim Fond, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung plus tuition waiver and participant's own contribution.


It is important to note that the primary role of the BMEP is that of a clearing house. We have been fortunate in developing a network that allows us to propose students for scholarship assistance and to recommend them for placement in prestigious universities, but we ourselves have no funds available for the financial support of students and young scientists.

1. At present the student exchange is mainly suported by funds from the DAAD - 'Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst'- (German Academic Exchange Service). Additional funding is partly derived from other foundations, e.g. the 'Freundesgesellschaft der Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover', 'Cusanuswerk' and 'Deutsche Studienstiftung', 'Friedrich Ebert Stiftung' , 'Friedrich Naumann Stiftung"' and others.

2. Postdoctoral fellowships may be, in part, granted to members of German and U.S. academic communities by the DAAD and the 'Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung' (A.v.H. Foundation). The 'Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft' (German Research Foundation) may also serve as a possible source of support.

3. Support in health related professions maybe obtained from the Carl Duisberg Society. The 'Foerdererkreis der Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft also supports the 'Technology Transfer Trainee Fellowship Program' which is sponsored by Preussag AG, Hannover, and Boehringer-Ingelheim, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

For European Administration financial support has been given by the 'Ministerium fur Wirtschaft , Mittelstand und Forschung', Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia and the 'Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, Essen.

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