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Pharmacology Industry Internships for PhD Students (PIIPS)

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Big Ideas BadgeThis program provides a unique funding opportunity to establish an institutional PIIPS program that will provide PhD students with experience in industrial settings, such as the pharmaceutical/biotechnology or government regulatory sectors, while enrolled in graduate school. The objectives of the PIIPS program include:

  • To increase opportunities for PhD students enrolled in graduate programs with an emphasis on pharmacology to participate in industrial internships during their graduate training.
  • To develop and foster university-industry partnerships facilitating diversity in graduate training and career options related to pharmacology.
  • To facilitate opportunities for PhD students to make informed decisions about careers in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors as well as other allied disciplines such as the FDA and Contract Research Organizations.
  • To increase participation by industrial organizations in graduate student internships.

PIIPS applications are now closed. 

Who Should Apply

Groups of faculty from the same campus who conduct pharmacology-related research including, but not limited to, scientists representing departments of pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical sciences and/or biological chemistry are encouraged to apply for funding to establish a PIIPS program on their campus. Institutional applicants must identify and provide letters of support from industrial partners at the time of application. If awarded, institutional programs will be responsible for selecting PhD students to participate in internships.

Program Requirements
  1. A group of at least three ASPET Regular members in good standing from one institution may apply, with one ASPET member serving as the Program Director. Any faculty participants in excess of three are encouraged but not required to be ASPET members.
  2. Applications must include a budget and the institution must provide matching funds of at least $2000 per student (see Program Guidelines and Call for Applications for additional details). Requested support from ASPET may not exceed $5000 per intern and 3 interns per year over 3 years.
  3. Students must participate in an internship for a minimum of 8 weeks.
  4. Student participants must be ASPET members in good standing.
How to Apply for a PIIPS Award
Application Deadline

The PIIPS program is not currently accepting applications.

Annual Progress Report

Program directors must submit an Annual Progress Report to ASPET no later than December 15 of each award year. Please note that all reporting requirements described in the Program Guidelines and Call for Applications must be fulfilled in order to receive funds beyond the first award year.

Program Contact

For additional information about this program, please e-mail Dr. Catherine L. Fry at

Currently Funded Programs

Only graduate students of participating faculty at awardee institutions are eligible for PIIPS.

Duke University Medical Center
Program Director: Cynthia Kuhn, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Program Director: Joan Heller Brown, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology

University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Pharmacy
Program Director: Joanna Burdette, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education, Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy and Center for Biomedical Sciences

Last Updated: February 20, 2020

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