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This fellowship is sponsored in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.

  • Application deadline: January 1
  • Length: Two years

The GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Outcomes Fellowship will provide the training and experience needed to compete successfully for positions as a health outcomes researcher in consulting and in the pharmaceutical industry.

Preferred qualifications for the position are a PharmD, PhD or MD.  The ideal candidate should possess strong analytical skills, excellent written and verbal communication, good organizational abilities, and evidence of leadership and team work. A background in pharmaceutical outcomes research is preferred. The candidate should be self-directed and self-motivated.

The fellowship program starts July 1. The fellowship offers a competitive stipend, and provides health insurance, paid vacation, and compensation for travel to one professional meeting each year.

Program Description

First Year

The first year in the fellowship will be heavily didactic. Depending on each individual student, training will be received through enrollment in courses related to research methods, statistics, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmaceutical policy, and/or pharmacoeconomics. There will also be opportunities for fellows to design and conduct various research projects under the mentorship of faculty at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy as part of the learning process.

Second Year

Fellows will spend their second year at GlaxoSmithKline in the health economics outcomes research department. Within GSK, the fellow will be exposed to the application of health outcomes research for diseases and/or medications that are relevant to the United States and will concentrate on improving the competency in generation of health outcomes evidence related to marketed pharmaceuticals in the US market.  In addition, the program will emphasize

  • strategic thinking,
  • working within a matrix environment,
  • understanding of the US payer market,
  • communications of evidence to external and internal customers,
  • handling of study budgets, and
  • study conduct.

Students may have additional opportunities to enroll in courses through UNC during the second year of their fellowship to supplement information obtained during year one.

About GSK

GlaxoSmithKline is one of the largest global pharmaceutical companies. The company’s mission is to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better, and live longer. GSK produces medicines that treat major disease areas, including cancer, asthma, virus control, infections, mental health, diabetes, and digestive conditions. In addition, GSK is a leader in the important area of vaccines and is developing new treatments for cancer. GSK’s Research Triangle Park location comprises more than 5,500 employees working in more than forty buildings on over 100 acres of land.


Jennifer Elston Lafata, Ph.D
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
2200 Kerr Hall, Campus Box # 7573
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7573
(919) 966-9480

To Apply

Applicants should submit, via email, a personal statement about how a fellowship appointment would help their personal and professional growth, a curriculum vitae, official transcripts, and three professional letters of recommendation.

Applications should be e-mailed to:

Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy

Following the review of application materials, applicants may be invited to interview at UNC and GSK. The School will facilitate travel to Chapel Hill for applicants invited to interview. Interviews will be held in early January.