2014 Awards
Post Doctoral Fellowships


This program provides stipend funding to well-trained graduates from Ph.D. programs who seek to further develop and refine their informatics research skills through formal postdoctoral training. An application must include a research plan written by the applicant, a mentor's research record, and a description of how the mentored experience will enhance the applicant's career development in informatics.

The PhRMA Foundation Post Doctoral program in Informatics provides stipend support for individuals engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will create or extend their credentials in informatics. The intent of this program is to support post doctoral career development activities of individuals preparing to engage in research that will bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches in genomic and biomedical studies. It is anticipated that this research training will be accomplished in academic and/or industrial laboratory settings where multidisciplinary teams are organized to address problems which span the range of biological complexity rather than focus on the application of single technologies.

The sponsor (mentor) of the post doctoral program must describe how the multidisciplinary goals of the research training program will be accomplished and provide assurance that key collaborating mentors endorse and are willing to support the training plan



Eligible applicants must either (1) hold a PhD degree in a field of study logically or functionally related to the proposed post doctoral activities, or (2) expect to receive the PhD before activating the award. They must also have a firm commitment from an accredited U.S. university and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Applications are to be submitted via the Foundation website and received by September 1, 2014.  Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date. 


The award, consisting of a $40,000 annual stipend, is made to the institution on behalf of the fellow. Awards may be activated beginning January 1, 2015 or on the first day of any month thereafter, up to and including December 1, 2015.  The award is intended solely as a stipend and may not be used otherwise. If necessary, the institution may supplement the award to a level that is consistent with other postdoctoral fellowships it currently offers. If the stipend is to be supplemented, indicate the amount. If no supplement is intended, so state this. The program provides no other subsidies (travel, tuition, fringe benefit costs, etc.) and indirect costs to the institution are not provided. It is expected that the fellowship will be administered in accordance with the prevailing policies and procedures of the institution.

The second year of this award is contingent upon a progress report approved by the Foundation and submission of a financial report. These funds are not transferable.

Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Components

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 detail your plans for your future. Include a synopsis of your career, tell us your interests and describe your desired future career path. Your letter should not exceed 2 pages of size 12 font.
4. Research plan
The applicant must prepare a comprehensive statement not to exceed eight single-spaced typewritten pages of type size 12 point or larger, of the plans for research, education and training in the selected discipline. Applicants are requested to use a format similar to that specified for the submission of grants to the National Institutes of Health that includes a description of the objective(s), rationale, methods of approach and a bibliography of major references.(the bibliography is not included in the 8 page limit). Preliminary results, if any, should also be included. A project time-line is suggested. Acronyms should be put in a footnote on the first page or they should be spelled in full the first time it is used.
The Advisory Committee will review each application for the quality of the research as well as the education and training proposed. Therefore documentation that proper guidance and departmental support will be available to insure training in the techniques and principles of the area is essential. The proposal must document the approval of all departments in which the candidate will train via letters from the chairs or mentors of these departments, or from an appropriate level of responsibility if the proposal includes an experiential rotation in an industrial research laboratory.
Submission of this plan is assurance that the research proposal has been written primarily by the applicant.
5. Research abstract
An abstract of approximately 200 words concerning the proposed research plan.
6. Transcripts
Unofficial copies of graduate transcripts should be scanned and uploaded on the application. The applicant should arrange to have official copies sent to the PhRMA Foundation by the deadline date. Without these transcripts the application will be considered incomplete.
The institutional code for the PhRMA Foundation is #5967.
7. Budget
Provide a budget and list any other funding this project receives.
8. Department Chair Information and Letter of Reference
The Chair should provide contact information and a bio sketch. Please confirm that your department
Is responsible for the training in this discipline.  The reference letter should include an appraisal of the applicant and the proposed research. Information on the applicant’s current source of support and any pending applications for stipend support should be provided.
If none are pending, please state this.
9. Sponsor’s Information and Letter of Reference
The sponsor should provide contact information and a biosketch.  A letter of recommendation.
with an appraisal of the candidate and the proposed research.
10. Information and letters of reference from up to 3 other individuals familiar with your scientific career.
Please note: required references will be contacted via email with instructions on how to upload documents to our system once the application is submitted. These documents are not due by the deadline date but should be received by September 14, 2014.
11. Reprints
Copies of relevant articles published by the applicant.



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