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This fellowship is sponsored in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline and is part of the DPET fellowship program.

GlaxoSmithKline, in cooperation with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, sponsors a two year fellowship in Global Pharmacovigilance. The GSK Global Pharmacovigilance Fellowship provides practical training in the academic and industry setting. This will allow the fellow to obtain the fundamental skills required to embark on a successful career in Pharmacovigilance. The fellowship will bridge the gap from student to industry professional by focusing on global patient safety and development of skills and qualities needed to excel in a corporate environment. During the first year, time spent at UNC and GSK during the first will be equally distributed.

At UNC the fellow will focus on coursework and professional development, participate in Fellows Forum, and will be paired with faculty conducting clinical research and focus on a project with a safety element. At GSK, during the first six months the fellow will be exposed to various areas of pharmacovigilance with primary focus on pharmacist roles within the department. During the second half of the year the fellow will gain exposure to pharmaceuticals, vaccines, PV innovation/research, and drug safety throughout the product life cycle (pre-FTIH, clinical development, and post-marketing). This will allow the fellow to identify an area for which to focus during the second year of the fellowship.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Gain understanding of the role of global pharmacovigilance in the lifecycle of a pharmaceutical product and including how pre-clinical, clinical, post-marketing safety work translates to real-world use.
  • Develop fundamental pharmacovigilance skills to be well equipped to launch a successful career in pharmacovigilance and other disciplines within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Evaluate and identify potential safety concerns, implement strategies to mitigate risks and develop associated communication to inform of the risk.
  • Exposure to contemporary PV technologies and methodologies such as emerging data sources, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and machine learning
  • Develop leadership skills to hold a successful career and primary responsibilities to study deliverables
  • Work cross-functionally within matrix teams representing the safety organization.

To Apply

Visit for instructions on submitting an application.

Application Opens: October 1, 2023

Early Application Deadline: October 31, 2023

Final Application Deadline:  November 21, 2023

Contact for Program Information

photo Bob Dupuis

Robert Dupuis, Pharm.D.

Clinical Professor of Pharmacy and Director of Fellowship Programs
3313 Kerr Hall, CB #7569
(919) 966-6194