Last updated February 1, 2022
As part of my series on How to Fully Fund Your PhD, I provide a list of universities that offer full funding for a PhD in Pharmacology. Pharmacology is the branch of medicine which pertains to the uses, effects and modes of action of drugs. A graduate degree in Pharmacology prepares you for a career as a pharmacologist or other healthcare related scientist and can also open doors in sales, regulatory affairs and academia.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the three to six-year duration of the student’s doctoral studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their doctoral students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential PhD programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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University of Buffalo, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology (Buffalo, NY): The university provides PhD candidates with full support to focus on research including a full-tuition scholarship, a $31,000 stipend, and medical/dental insurance.
University of California Los Angeles, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology (Los Angeles, CA): Departmental graduate students are supported entirely through research and training grants, which provide an annual stipend that is adjusted yearly as students advance. In addition to the stipend, the department pays full tuition, fees and health insurance.
Duke University, Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology (Durham, North Carolina): Graduate positions in the program are fully funded providing for payment of tuition, fees, and an annual stipend for the first two years. After the first two years, students are supported by the faculty member with whom they are doing their thesis research.
University of Minnesota, Department of Pharmacology (Minneapolis, MN): All students in the PhD program hold research assistantships and receive a stipend that is paid during their graduate training. Fellowships also cover education and living expenses.
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pharmacology (Philadelphia, PA): All students maintaining satisfactory academic progress receive financial support until they have completed all PhD requirements. This includes a twelve-month stipend plus tuition, fees, and health insurance. The amount of the stipend, which varies from year to year, will be $37,000 in 2022/23
University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy (Los Angeles, CA): Accepted students are funded through institutional funds, faculty support and graduate assistantships including full tuition remission a stipend and health insurance.
University of Toronto, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology (Toronto, ON): PhD students receive tuition, a stipend of $20,000 and coverage of incidental fees.
Yale University, School of Medicine (New Haven, CT): Students accepted for admission normally receive full tuition plus a 12-month stipend. The basic stipend of $35,150 is provided by the Medical School and the Department of Pharmacology.
Need some tips for the application process? See my article How To Get Into a Fully Funded PhD Program: Contacting Potential PhD Advisors.
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