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University of Wisconsin–Madison

PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Informatics 2018

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:July 18, 2017
Subject:PhRMA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Informatics 2018


Deadline for Internal Review:August 01, 2017

Project Description

The goal of the Informatics program is to promote development and use of novel informatics in an integrative approach toward understanding normal processes of human biology and disease processes.

Informatics awards support career development of scientists engaged in research that significantly integrates state-of-the-art information technology developed with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in the following areas:

  • Genetics Proteomics
  • Molecular Systems Biology
  • Medical (human) Pathways and Networks
  • Pharmaco- Integrative Biology
  • Population Modeling and Simulation
  • Novel approaches to the analysis of Big Data

Genomics Molecular Epidemiology

  • Functional
  • Structural
  • Toxico
  • Pharmaco
  • Comparative

Amount of Award:  $20,000 – $25,000 per year
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.


  • Applications must be submitted by an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • This program supports full-time, in-residence students who will have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements (at least two years of study) and be engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. candidates by the time the award is activated.
  • For applications to be considered, proposals must contain innovative informatics components and not solely apply bioinformatics methodologies to experimental data analysis.
  • The use of non-human model systems must be described in terms of its relationship to human biology and disease.
  • 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.
  • All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students just beginning graduate school should not apply. A candidate enrolled in an M.D./Ph.D. 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 applications


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, email a single PDF of material to:

Please include the following information:

1. Applicant CV or Biosketch

2. Research Abstract – Submit a titled abstract of approximately 200 words concerning your proposed research plan.

3. A letter from the thesis advisor supporting the application

Sponsor Deadlines

Applications are due to PhRMA Foundation by September 01, 2017.