PhRMA Foundation

PhRMA: Pre-Doctoral Fellowships (Pharmacology/Toxicology)

Program Summary

Pharmacology/toxicology awards support career-development activities of scientists prepared to engage in research that integrates information on molecular or cellular mechanisms of action with information on the effects of an agent observed in an intact organism, either in experimental animal or clinical studies or both. This program provides up to two years of stipend funding to support the research activities of the doctoral program and only after course work has been completed. An applicant must be a full-time student and the Department Chair or graduate officer is expected to verify the applicant's doctoral candidacy.

Progress in pharmacological research requires the constant entry of well-trained investigators into the field. The PhRMA Foundation recognizes that the training of such individuals is long and expensive, requiring four to five years of post baccalaureate study and research. To provide assistance in the advanced stages of this training, the PhRMA Foundation program aims to support promising students during their thesis research. The program provides a stipend and funds to cover costs incidental to the student's academic training. Applications will be accepted to support a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years.

The program is designed for candidates who expect to complete the requirements for the Ph.D. in fields of Pharmacology/Toxicology in two years or less from the time the fellowship begins. The program expects the fellows to devote full-time (including summers) to their research. The PhRMA Foundation fellowship may not be used to supplement funds from other fellowships, traineeships or assistantships, unless necessary to make stipend levels compliant with institutional policy. The focus of the program is to assist in the pre doctoral training of the candidate. It should not be viewed as a program to fund a research project. Applications, however good, which do not meet the aims of the program will be disapproved.


Due to the high demand for this fellowship, the PhRMA Foundation will accept only one application per academic institution.

Award Information

The award is made to the university on behalf of the fellow. The fellowship provides a stipend of $20,000 a year payable quarterly for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years. Of the $20,000 awarded annually, up to $1,000 a year may be used for incidentals directly associated with the thesis research preparation (e.g., secretarial help, artwork, books, travel, etc.). Indirect costs are not provided to the institution and PhRMA Foundation grant funds may not be used for this purpose.

Internal Selection Procedure

The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:

1.  A two page CV; and

2.  A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:

3.  Please be sure the project is identified on each page and number the pages.

The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Saturday, September 1, 2012.

Proposal Due to OVPRED07/23/2012 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF08/25/2012
Date Due to Sponsor09/01/2012
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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