This program provides up to two years of stipend funding to support full-time advanced students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. candidates by the time the award is activated.
Applications will be accepted for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years of stipend support. Pre Doctoral Fellowships are designed for students who expect to complete their Ph.D. requirements in two years or less from the time the fellowship begins.
Students just starting graduate school should not apply. An applicant must be a full-time, in-residence Ph.D. candidate. The department chair or graduate officer is expected to verify the applicant’s doctoral candidacy.
Fellows are expected to devote full time (including summers) to their research. The awards may not be used to supplement funds from other fellowships, traineeships, or assistantships, unless necessary to make stipend levels compliant with institutional policy. The goal of the program is to assist in the candidate’s pre doctoral training. Pre Doctoral Fellowships should not be seen as a way to fund a research project.
An individual may not simultaneously hold or interrupt any other fellowship providing stipend support while the PhRMA Foundation fellowship is active. These funds are non-transferable.