The PhRMA Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship programs provide 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 PhD candidates by the time the award is activated.
Fellowships are $25,000 per year, for up to two years.
Applications will be accepted for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years of stipend support. Predoctoral Fellowships are designed for students who expect to complete their PhD 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 PhD 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.
This award is intended solely as a stipend and may not be used otherwise. The award may not be used to supplement funds from other fellowships, traineeships, or assistantships, unless necessary to make stipend levels compliant with institutional policy and other predoctoral fellowships it currently offers. Please advise the PhRMA Foundation if this occurs.
The goal of the program is to assist in the candidate’s Predoctoral training. Predoctoral Fellowships should not be seen as a way to fund a research project.
This fellowship may not be used for tuition, fringe benefits or indirect costs. Up to $1,000 per year may be used for incidentals directly associated with the thesis research preparation (such as secretarial help, artwork, books, etc.). These funds are non-transferable. Unspent funds will be returned to the PhRMA Foundation upon the fellowship’s conclusion.