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University of Wisconsin–Madison

PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2020

To:Chairs and Administrators; Departments in the Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:June 14, 2019
Subject:PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship


Deadline for Internal Review:August 01, 2019

Project Description

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 PhD candidates by the time the award is activated.

Amount of Award:  $25,000  per year, up to two years

Duration of Award:  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.



  • Applicants (U.S. and non-U.S. citizens) must attend an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • For applications to be considered, proposals must contain innovative informatics components and not solely apply bioinformatics methodologies to experimental data analysis.
  • Emphasis will be placed on the development of new informatics technologies that facilitate translation of data into an elucidation and understanding of human biological and disease processes. This includes the applicant’s identification of unmet clinical needs and a proposed solution.
  • Students just beginning graduate school should not apply. A candidate enrolled in an MD/PhD program should not be taking required clinical coursework or clerkships while the fellowship is active. An individual may not simultaneously hold or interrupt any other fellowship providing stipend support while the PhRMA Foundation fellowship is active.
  • Preference will be given to individuals whose research combines novel computational methods with experimental validation.

UW-Madison may submit two Informatics applications.


UW-Madison may submit one Pharmacology/Toxicology application.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:
Please include the following information:

  • Cover Page including program applying to (Informatics or Pharmacology/Toxicology)
  • Applicant CV or Biosketch
  • Research project summary of no more than 4 pages providing a description of how the proposed project meets the goals of the solicitation
  • A letter from the thesis advisor supporting the application

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to PhRMA Foundation by September 01, 2019.