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What We Do

The mission of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) is to advance and support pharmaceutical sciences education at U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy by:

Awarding Fellowships and Grants

AFPE achieves its mission by funding first year graduate school fellowships in the pharmaceutical sciences, pre-doctoral fellowships in the pharmaceutical sciences, pre-doctoral fellowships in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy faculty development research grants.


Recognizing and Supporting Talented Students and Faculty

AFPE awards provide the vehicle for a diverse group of talented students and faculty to be recognized and supported as they pursue advanced pharmaceutical sciences education. These students and faculty learn state-of-the-science knowledge, skills, and techniques of great value to industry and academia as they prepare to participate effectively in achieving the business goals of pharmaceutical research & manufacturing and the academic goals of the pharmaceutical sciences education enterprise.


Encouraging Exceptional Students to Pursue an Advanced Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences

AFPE First Year Graduate School Fellowships encourage the best U.S. students to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical sciences by supporting exceptional Pharm.D. degree graduates in the first year of graduate school as they begin a PhD degree course of study in the pharmaceutical sciences in preparation for careers in industry and academia.


Educating Outstanding Industry-Ready Pharmaceutical Scientists

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences support the most exceptional Ph.D. students during the advanced, research phase of their pharmaceutical sciences course of study and enable them to focus intensively on industry-oriented subjects such as: drug development, drug delivery, clinical trial design and management, pharmacoeconomics, and manufacturing quality control. In the course of their graduate studies, AFPE Fellows receive drug-focused training, in-depth introductions to industry processes, and experience in the use of teamwork and cross-functional collaboration to achieve industry research, development, evaluation and manufacturing goals.


Nurturing Pharmaceutical Science Faculty Researchers

The AFPE Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowships in Community Pharmacy Practice and in Geriatric Pharmacy enable full-time PharmD and PhD pharmacy college faculty members to undertake a minimum 6-month intensive project including coursework, training, and/or research on a cutting-edge topic that benefits industry, pharmacy & pharmaceutical science education, and the national health. This nurturing of outstanding pharmacy faculty researchers advances pharmaceutical science knowledge, advances drug discovery and development, and advances the development of state-of-the-science pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences curricula.


Supporting State-of-the-Sciences Pharmaceutical Education

AFPE supports graduate education, training and research in the pharmaceutical sciences in such disciplines as clinical pharmaceutical science, medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmaceutics, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacognosy, pharmacokinetics/metabolism, pharmacotherapy & experimental therapeutics, and social & administrative pharmacy. The interest of AFPE corporate and individual contributors in supporting new or evolving scientific fields helps pharmacy educators create state-of-the-art curricula to keep pace with today's rapid advances in drug discovery and development.