Paul Calabresi Medical Student Research Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology

Funding Agency:
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation

Clinical pharmacology is the science of drugs and their use in the treatment of patients. It is underpinned by the basic science of pharmacology, with added focus on the application of pharmacological principles and methods in the real world. It has a broad scope, from the discovery of new target molecules, to the effects of drug usage in whole populations.
Clinical pharmacology connects the gap between medical practice and laboratory science. The practitioner promotes the safety of prescriptions, maximizes the drug effects and minimizes the side effects. It is important that there be association with pharmacists skilled in areas of drug information, medication safety and other aspects of pharmacy practice related to clinical pharmacology.
Clinical pharmacologists usually have a rigorous medical and scientific training which enables them to evaluate evidence and produce new data through well designed studies. Clinical pharmacologists must have access to enough outpatients for clinical care, teaching and education, and research while under the supervision of medical specialists. Their responsibilities to patients include, but are not limited to analyzing adverse drug effects, therapeutics, and toxicology including reproductive toxicology, cardiovascular risks, perioperative drug management and psychopharmacology.


• To generate interest in research careers in pharmacology, including clinical pharmacology, among medical and dental students.
• To enable medical or dental students who have substantial interests in research and teaching careers in pharmacology/clinical pharmacology to pursue a specific research effort within a pharmacology or clinical pharmacology unit.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

• Students who are not already in a training sequence leading to a research career or students already in an M.D./Ph.D. program for whom additional financial support is appropriate are both eligible to apply.
• Awards will not be made to a student in a M.D./Ph.D. program who is entering the last 2 years of medical school.
• The commitment must be full-time.
• Depending on the medical school curriculum and length of the fellowship, the student may have to interrupt his scholastic training to enable the full-time requirement of the program.
• A candidate must be enrolled in a US medical/dental school and have finished at least one year of the school curriculum. Priority consideration will be given to those candidates who project strong commitments to careers in the field of clinical pharmacology.
• The applicant must be sponsored by the pharmacology or clinical pharmacology program in which the investigative project is to be undertaken.
• The sponsoring unit must have a demonstrated commitment to training in the fields of pharmacology or clinical pharmacology. As clinical pharmacology is a part of the broad field of pharmacology, the specific research project conducted during the tenure of the fellowship may be in any area of pharmacology.
• All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.



Amount Description

• Fellowships are available for a minimum period of 6 months or any period of time up to 24 months with a maximum stipend of $18,000.
• Awards will begin on July 1, 2018.
• The program offers funding of up to $1,500 per month which may be used towards stipend, tuition or affiliated fees for the fellow.
• The award will be made to the institution on behalf of the fellow.
• These funds may not be used for indirect costs to the university and are not transferable.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

February 1, 2019