General Candidate FAQs

Can I apply to the fellowship if I do not have a PharmD?

The Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowships are intended for candidates who will have completed their Doctor of Pharmacy degree before they would be expected to start the fellowship (on July 1). This program is not exclusive to recent graduates. PharmDs with various types of experience are welcome to apply. However, the program is not open to holders of any other advanced degree, except for MDs, please visit the Physician Fellowships page to learn more.

How many fellows are in the Rutgers program?

There are over 250 Rutgers University Pharmaceutical Industry fellows this year. Since its inception the program has steadily grown, starting out with a single fellow and reaching a number many times the size of the original group.

What are the requirements for applying for the Rutgers Fellowship Program?

Applicants must be a graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)-accredited school of pharmacy. No other professional experience is required for application. International students who graduate with a PharmD degree from US ACPE-accredited schools are eligible to apply for 1-year programs only and are required to apply for an Optional Practice Training (OPT) extension as soon as the law permits.

If accepted to this program, will I be expected to move to New Jersey or New York? Do fellowships exist in other states?

The Industry Fellowships positions are based at various locations spanning the state of New Jersey, New York City, Washington, DC, and also a few locations in California. Travel to Rutgers is necessary to attend/present Professional Development Days and to participate in other aspects of the Rutgers component, including teaching.

Will I have the opportunity to rotate outside of my core department or area?

Rotations have been a key element of the enduring success of the Rutgers programs. Many fellows have the opportunity to experience rotations outside of their core department or even at a site external to their host company such as the FDA, provided that it can be agreed upon by the fellow, their preceptor, and Rutgers.

What are my options after completion of the Fellowship program?

This Fellowship program offers many opportunities for fellows. Program alumni have gone on to occupy a diverse spectrum of industry positions, based on their experience and career goals. Many fellows accept positions with their Fellowship company; others move on to pursue other interests, but nearly all program alumni are currently employed in the pharmaceutical industry.

Are there opportunities to meet and network with fellows from other companies?

There are many opportunities to meet and network with other fellows. The Professional Development Series is an excellent opportunity for interaction among fellows. Furthermore, a wide array of social activities and events are arranged at least monthly for fellows from different companies to network and get to know each other.

What does the Rutgers component of the Fellowship entail? Is it different for 1-year and 2-year programs?

The Rutgers component is the same for both 1-year and 2-year fellows. In order to satisfy requirements for the Rutgers component and qualify for a Certificate of Completion, all 2-year fellows and 1-year fellows must complete one of the following during the term of their Fellowship:

  • Complete a project or publication (poster/paper/article) with a Rutgers faculty member
  • Lecture 3 times in Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy (EMSOP) courses
  • Coordinate an EMSOP course
  • Serve as a co-chief fellow
  • Chair a fellowship committee
  • Complete a rotation at an EMSOP teaching/clinical site
  • Precept EMSOP pharmacy students on rotation at the host company
  • Complete a project that enhances or benefits the Rutgers program

Each case is reviewed individually and must be approved by the fellow, the preceptor, and Rutgers. In addition, other aspects of the Rutgers component include attendance at monthly Professional Development Days and presenting once annually at a Professional Development Day program. Fellows also have the opportunity to teach, serve on various Fellowship committees, conduct continuing education programs, participate in various projects, and attend social events.

How often do fellows have the opportunity to participate in the Rutgers Professional Development Series? How many presentations per year?

Participation in the Professional Development Series is mandatory, although under appropriate circumstances, up to 3 absences per year are permitted. Fellows are required to give 1 presentation to their colleagues on an approved topic per year. Some fellows volunteer for additional presentation opportunities.

Do fellows have the opportunity to teach at the School of Pharmacy?

As adjunct faculty at the School of Pharmacy, there are opportunities for fellows to teach. Fellows find that teaching can enhance their fellowship experience. Fellows have been involved in development of various required and elective courses.

What academic opportunities are available to fellows?

As a Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow, you will have the best of both worlds: academia and industry. Academia affords you the opportunity to teach elective and core courses, to conduct clinical research and submit papers in conjunction with members of the faculty, and participate in numerous other opportunities based on your creativity. During training, some fellows have the opportunity to attend national or international meetings and seminars, and all have access to many of the resources available at a multinational company.

How much vacation time does a fellow get?

Vacation days are consistent with the policy at the partner company.

What about medical/dental benefits and investment plans?

All benefits and investment plans are provided by Rutgers University, which participates in the New Jersey State Employee Benefits Program.

International Candidate FAQs

Can international students apply for the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship (RPIF)?

Yes, applicants must be a graduate of a US ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy. International students who graduate with a PharmD from a US ACPE-accredited school are eligible to apply. No other professional experience is required for application.

Which type of RPIF fellowship programs can international candidates apply for?

International students who graduate with a PharmD degree from US ACPE accredited schools are eligible to apply for 1-year programs only, and are required to apply for an Optional Practice Training (OPT) extension as soon as the law permits.

What is an OPT extension?

An OPT extension is granted by the Department of Homeland Security allowing certain F-1 students who receive STEM degrees, and who meet other specified requirements, to apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT.

When should candidates apply for an OPT extension?

The student needs to apply for this upon completing his or her academic studies. International students may only apply to a 1-year fellowship.

Does Rutgers sponsor applicants for the RPIF fellowship program?

Rutgers DOES NOT sponsor any applicants for the fellowship.

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