PhRMA Foundation

PhRMA: Pharmacology/Toxicology-Pre Doctoral Fellowship

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.


The fellowship program of pre doctoral support is designed to assist full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidates in the fields of pharmacology or toxicology who are enrolled in USA schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The program supports full-time advanced students who will have completed the bulk of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and are engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. Candidates by the time the award is activated. Students just starting in graduate school should not apply.

In the field of pharmacology or toxicology, highest priority will be given to applications for research that attempts to integrate information on the mechanism of action of a drug or chemical at a molecular or cellular level with the drug's effects in the intact laboratory animal or human, encompassing the potential influences of biochemical, physiological or behavioral systems. The pharmacology/toxicology research and teaching mission of the unit awarding the degree must be apparent as a core mission component on their web site.

A candidate enrolled in an M.D./Ph.D. program should not be taking required clinical course work or clerkships during the tenure of the fellowship.

Applications must be submitted by an accredited U.S. school, and all applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

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.). Awards may be activated beginning January 1, 2015 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including August 1, 2015. The second year of funding, if applicable, will be contingent upon a satisfactory review of the award recipient's progress during the first ten months of funding. 

Internal Selection Procedure
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development 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 14, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of September 1, 2014.

Proposal Due to OVPRED07/14/2014 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIF08/25/2014
Date Due to Sponsor09/01/2014
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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