Awards and Funding

Applying for grants and awards is an integral part of academic research. All students in the Ph.D. program are expected to apply for competitive fellowships, scholarships, and merit awards. Examples of recent awards as well as links to information about specific funding opportunities is provided:

Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Excellence Award

The School of Pharmacy offers the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Excellence Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in the areas of academic performance and research while a graduate student in the Doctor of Philosophy program. The minimum criteria for receiving the award include:

QPA of 3.0 or better, with no grade below a ‘B’ in any graduate level course.

Advancement to candidacy

Presentation of research at one national meeting

Two papers published or accepted for publication

Continuation in the graduate program for a minimum of two additional terms so the awarded money can be appropriately used for educational expenses

All of the above requirements met as of April 1

Note: Submission of a competitive research application is highly encouraged and will be given weight along with other factors.

The award includes a certificate and a $2,000 educational allowance. Nominations for the award are solicited in early February.


Randy and Renee Juhl Pharmacy Graduate Scholar Award

The Randy and Renee Juhl Pharmacy Graduate Scholar Award recognizes and supports graduate students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy who are pursuing a PhD in areas related to clinical research. Preference is given to students who received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Pittsburgh or another school of pharmacy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The award includes a certificate and a generous educational allowance. Awardees are selected by the Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist Program Committee.


Norman R. and Priscilla A. Farnsworth Student Award

This award provides assistance to a graduate student or students for meritorious achievement in the School of Pharmacy. Determinations of the awardee(s) shall be at the discretion of the Dean or the Dean’s designee.

Award Amount: $1000

Award Criteria:

PhD student enrolled full time in the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Completion of 1st year with QPA of 3.0 or better
Preliminary evaluation by advisor documenting excellent progress in laboratory research
Nomination letter by research advisor and one additional faculty member
in the School of Pharmacy. Also must include (provided by candidate): Description of research focus

Candidate’s CV
Copy of graduate transcript
Copy/copies of research publication(s)

Preference will be given to graduate students engaged in natural products research.


Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award

The Teaching Assistant Award recognizes one PhD student each year for outstanding service as a Teaching Assistant. The recipient is identified by the Graduate Program Director, based on written feedback from course coordinators using the TA evaluation process currently in place. The award consists of a certificate and an educational allowance of $500.

Factors that are evaluated by the committee include:

Effective communication


GPC Travel Awards

The Graduate Program Council (GPC) has established a process by which students in the PhD Program can apply for travel awards to attend scientific meetings and conferences. Any student enrolled in the PhD program may apply. A limited number of awards are available. For specific details consult the Guidelines for GPC Travel Award’. To apply for an award, download the’Travel Award Request Form and follow the instructions on the Form.

Guidelines for GPC Travel Awards (HTML) (PDF)
Travel Award Request Form (XLS)

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE)

The AFPE offers a variety of scholarships and fellowships for students enrolled in a doctor of philosophy program in pharmaceutical sciences. The awards are designed to encourage outstanding pre-doctoral students to continue their studies and earn a PhD in the pharmaceutical sciences at a U.S. school or college of pharmacy.


For additional information see

Wal-Mart Annual Conference Scholarship Program

AACP has announced the fifth year of the Wal-Mart Annual Conference Scholarship Program. The program, funded by Wal-Mart, will provide $1,000 scholarships to sixty-five (65) student-faculty pairs from AACP member institutions to attend the AACP Annual Meeting and the AACP Teachers Seminar in Boston, Mass., from July 18-22, 2009. The scholarship will cover 100% of the student’s registration costs and 50% of the faculty’s registration costs at the early bird rate to attend the Annual Meeting. The scholarship will also cover registration for both the student and faculty mentor to attend the Teacher’s Seminar. Beyond registration, the recipients can choose to apply the remainder of the scholarship to airfare, lodging, and other meeting expenses for the student. The application due date for the 2009 program is February 16, 2009. The application must arrive at AACP by COB February 16 (not just be postmarked by the 16th). Previous Wal-Mart Scholarship Recipients are ineligible to apply to the program again. Click on the link below for program details and application materials.

Walmart Scholarship Program


National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

The National Institutes of Health offers competitive training fellowships to outstanding students enrolled in a doctoral program and engaged in specific areas of research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


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US Department of Defense

The United States Department of Defense offers competitive training fellowships for students enrolled in a US graduate program and engaged in specific areas of research.


For additional information see

American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS)

AAPS offers competitive student travel awards for pre-doctoral students to present ongoing research at its national meeting. Applications must be received by October.


For more information about AAPS see

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Travel Awards

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate and Professional Student Association provides travel grants for students to present at national conferences. For information about GPSA see

The PhRMA Foundation (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America)

The PhRMA Foundation provides pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships for students engaged in research and training in pharmaceutical sciences. For information about the PhRMA Foundation see

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association provides pre- doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular or stroke research. For information about funding opportunities provided by the American Heart Association see

AACR-WICR Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar in Cancer Research Award

Travel awards are available for AACR-WICR members who are scientists in training and presenters of meritorious scientific papers at AACR annual meetings and special conferences. Deadline for application is in December.

AACR Scholar in Training Awards

The AACR offers travel awards for scholars in training to attend the AACR annual meeting and special conferences. Abstracts are due in November. For more information see

Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry Sponsored by Mallinckrodt Baker Inc.

Recognize an outstanding graduate student and his or her preceptor(s), in the field of chemistry. The graduate student will receive $3,000 and a plaque containing the signatures of Nobel Laureates. The student’s preceptor(s) will receive $3,000 and a plaque for permanent display in the institution’s Chemistry Department. Reasonable travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed by the sponsor. Deadline for nomination is November 1. For more information see

Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research Program

Awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering for the purpose of providing students with enhanced educational experiences. Submission deadlines are March 15 and October 15. For more information see

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunity and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Postmaster’s Research Participation Program

Provide short-term support for research in areas that support ORNL missions in the basic and applied sciences, energy, and the environment. Must have received masters degree within last 5 years. For more information see

Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science

Fellowships ranging from $1000 – $4000. The major component of the research can be either applied or basic. Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate student, or engaged in post-doctoral or early-stage junior faculty academic research, and demonstrate financial need for continuation or completion of their research. The applicant must also be a member of SDE/GWIS. Deadline is January 15. For more information see .

Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation

Postdoctoral fellowships and grants awarded for two years at $40,000 per year for a total of $80,000. For more information see

AFAR Richard E. Shepherd Award

$1000 scholarship – unrestricted. For more information see

AFAR Cecille Gould Fund

$1000 scholarship for cancer research – unrestricted. For more information see

AFAR – General AFAR Grants

$1000 scholarship – unrestricted. For more information see

ASHP Foundation Student Research Award

Presented annually to a pharmacy student for a published or an unpublished paper or report of a completed research project related to pharmacy practice in a hospitals and health systems. Award consists of a $1500 honorarium, a $1,000 expense allowance to attend the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting, and a plaque. The research should be completed and the paper prepared before June 1 of the year preceding the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting at which the Award is to be presented. For more information see

Additional links to information about funding opportunities:

University of Pittsburgh Office of Research:

Grants Net:
The National Science Foundation: