Application Deadline: September 1, 2016
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that good adherence to recommended medications can yield better clinical outcomes and reduce downstream medical spending for patients with chronic conditions. However, many people do not take their medications as prescribed. Closing the adherence gap is important for improving the quality of health care, encouraging better chronic care management, and promoting better outcomes.
Our goal is to support research that will advance knowledge of innovative and effective approaches to improve medication adherence. Relevant research goals may include development or evaluation of policies, interventions, or tools that have potential to improve medication adherence.
The proposed research may target one or multiple therapeutic class(es) of medication(s) or condition(s), but not individual products. A focus on priority conditions affecting Medicare and Medicaid is encouraged, e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/asthma, heart failure, hypertension, dementia, and cancer. Real-world applicability of the intervention and generalizability of the findings to broader populations and settings should be considered.
- To provide financial support to promising PhD students whose research will advance knowledge of innovative and effective approaches to improve medication adherence.
- To support students in advanced stages of training and dissertation
Eligibility & Requirements
• Applicants must reside in the U.S. and applications must be submitted by an accredited U.S. college or university.
• Applicants must be full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidates conducting research aimed at improving adherence and who are enrolled in U.S. schools of medicine, pharmacy, nursing or schools of public health.
• The program seeks to support advanced students who will have completed their university requirements for doctoral candidacy and will be starting or have already started their dissertation research by the time the award is activated.
A candidate enrolled in an M.D./Ph.D. program should not be taking clinical course work or clerkships during the tenure of the fellowship.
- This award provides $25,000 in stipend support for one year.
- Payments will be made directly to the university on a quarterly basis.
- A portion of the funding may be used to support up to 5% of the mentor’s time.
- The award does not include an institutional allowance for overhead.
- These funds are not transferable.
- A financial report from the university will be required at the conclusion of the fellowship.
Pre Doctoral Fellowship Application Checklist
Please make a copy of this list to reference during the application process, as incomplete applications will not be considered.
1. General Registration Information
2. Applicant CV or Biosketch
3. Extended Letter
This letter is an opportunity to tell us who you are and to describe your career and future plans. Include a synopsis of your career, your professional interests, and your desired career path. The letter should not exceed two single-spaced pages (12-point font).
4. Thesis Project Description
The student’s detailed description of the thesis project, including objectives, rationale, methods of approach, preliminary results (if any exist), and a bibliography of major references. The first use of any abbreviation or acronym should be preceded by the full name or description. This statement (not including the bibliography) should not exceed six single-spaced pages (12-point font). Please use a format similar to the format specified for grants submitted to the National Institutes of Health. This proposal should be written by the applicant and submission of this document will serve as verification that it has been written by the student.
5. Research Abstract
Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning your proposed research plan.
Unofficial copies should be scanned and uploaded along with the application. Arrange to have official hard copies sent to the PhRMA Foundation at 950 F Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20004 by the deadline.
Without these transcripts, the application will be considered incomplete. Do not upload secure PDFs, as our reviewers will be unable to open the attachments.
7. GRE Results
Unofficial copies should be scanned and uploaded with the application. Arrange for official copies to be sent to the PhRMA Foundation by the deadline.The PhRMA Foundation’s institutional code is 5967.
We are aware that official copies are not available after five years. If we have questions regarding your scores, you will be contacted.
8. Thesis Advisor Information and Letter of Reference
- The thesis advisor should provide contact information and a biosketch.
- The reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant, the proposed research, and the training program.
- The thesis advisor should provide his or her history of training/mentoring and a description of the facilities and financial support that will be available to the candidate.
- List the number of other trainees who will be supervised during the candidate’s training period. Provide a list of research support, including current grants, pending applications, total amounts involved, and the duration. (Because the fellowship grants no research funds, this information is necessary to provide further perspective on the resources available for thesis research.)
- Demonstrate the department’s focus on the discipline, and specifically state that your department is responsible for the pertinent discipline’s training at your institution.
9. Department Chair Information and Letter of Reference
- The chair should provide contact information and a biosketch.
- The reference letter should include an assessment of the applicant and proposed research. Certify that the applicant is a full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidate, and provide an estimate of when the candidate will complete the requirements for his or her Ph.D. Include information on the candidate’s current source of support and pending applications for stipend support. If none are pending, please state this.
- If the department has a training grant, please note if it is limited to a specific area and the area on which the grant focuses. Indicate how many graduate students are in the department and how many are supported by the training grant.
10. Additional Letter
A reference letter from an individual other than the thesis advisor, who is knowledgeable about the candidate’s scientific skills, must comment on the candidate’s potential for a career in research.
Letters and third-party materials should not be uploaded by the applicant. The application process will request contact information, including an email address, for your chair, thesis advisor, and additional reference. These individuals will receive a prompt from the application system with instructions for uploading their document(s), which will be appended to the application.
Based on our policy, we do not provide written reviews.