Pharmaceutics Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Funding Agency:
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation

Pharmaceutics is the science that deals with drug delivery systems—in particular, the design and evaluation of contemporary pharmaceutical dosage forms and systems to ensure their safety, efficacy, and reliability. It is a multidisciplinary discipline with significant underpinnings from basic sciences such as physical chemistry, physical organic chemistry, and biophysics.

Pharmaceutics strongly emphasizes quantitative understanding and use of the principles underlying drug delivery and drug transport, whether a drug is a small organic molecule, a higher molecular weight peptide, a protein derived through biotechnology, or an oligonucleotide-like molecule for gene therapy. It is also concerned with the impact of formulation composition and manufacturing/engineering factors on the quality of a dosage form and its physical and chemical stability.

As advances in genomics—the study of genes and their functions—result in identification and production of functional genes, a quantitative understanding of factors influencing gene therapy delivery will become an increasingly important component of pharmaceutics.

Deadline: Sep. 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must hold a Pharm.D or a BS or MS from an accredited school in pharmacy or a related area. Applicants should expect to complete the requirements for a PhD in two years or less from the time the fellowship begins. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.



Amount Description

  • This award provides $25,000 in stipend support per year for one or two years.
  • Payments will be made directly to the university on a quarterly basis.
  • $1,000 per year may be used for incidentals directly associated with the thesis research preparation (i.e. secretarial help, artwork, books, etc.)
  • The program provides no other subsidies (travel, tuition, fringe benefit costs, etc.).
  • PhRMA Foundation funds may not be used for indirect costs to the university.
  • These funds are not transferable.
  • A financial report from the university will be required at the conclusion of each year of the fellowship.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 1, 2019