MS Health Economics & Outcomes Research Industry Fellowships

Note: for the current application cycle (2022 entry) the UW will not be holding fellowship interviews at the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Video interviews will be coordinated internally the week of November 8 by Zoom.

Postdoctoral fellowship students work closely with faculty in the CHOICE Institute on projects where they learn first-hand how to apply the principles of outcomes research to real-life problems. These fellowships provide students with a year of study at the University of Washington, usually combined with a period of applied research at the sponsoring company. The year of study leads to an MS degree in Health Economics & Outcomes Research. Course of Study for Fellows earning an MS degree.

We offer four competitive fellowship programs (6 positions total):

  1. University of Washington/AbbVie Fellowship (formerly Allergan) 
  2. University of Washington/Bayer Fellowship
  3. University of Washington/Genentech Fellowship
  4. University of Washington/GlaxoSmithKline

These training programs in health economics, outcomes research, and policy each combine the resources of a leading academic center for pharmaceutical economics and policy with the dynamic, real-world training of major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies recognized for their commitment to innovation.

Information Session

Register today for the upcoming webinar on September 27, 2021 at 05:00 PM PST to learn more about our fellowship programs from the first-hand perspective of our 2nd year fellows. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions to CHOICE staff and learn about the application process. This session will be recorded and posted online for those unable to attend in real time. Watch our 2020 information session

Pictured: 2019-2021 CHOICE Fellows at the UWSOP Corporate Advisory Meeting 

Year 1: University of Washington

  • Gain principles and methods of HEOR through rigorous courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, economic evaluation, and outcomes research
  • Complete MS thesis
  • Present congress posters and/or publish manuscripts
  • MS degree awarded upon completion

Year 2: Industry

  • Demonstrate product value utilizing strategically-focused HEOR
  • Understand role of HEOR in drug development and commercialization
  • Collaborate cross-functionally (medical affairs/communication, market access/brand strategy, regulatory affairs, clinical development) and with external vendors


Applicants applying for these fellowships must have a degree in pharmacy or health-related discipline and have some research experience (preference will be given to those with a high academic standing). Excellent written and verbal communication skills are also essential. We are unable to sponsor non-immigrant visas for this program, you must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status to apply.

Application Information

Applicants will apply for our fellowship programs through the UW Graduate School application for admission. As part of the application process they will submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to be considered for an interview.  Selection of fellows will be made by a committee composed of University of Washington faculty members and representatives from the respective company.

Note: for the current application cycle (2021 entry) the UW will not be holding fellowship interviews at the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Video interviews will be coordinated internally the week of November 16 by Zoom.

Application Process Timeline:

  • Eligibility: Degree in Pharmacy by July 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 29, 2021
  • Interview Notification: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
  • Interviews: Week of November 8, 2021
  • Offer Notification: Friday, November 12, 2021 — decisions requested by Nov 15 and 16
  • Program Start Date: July 1, 2022

How to Apply:

  • Apply directly through the University of Washington Graduate School Application
  • Start your Graduate School application
    • Scroll down and select Create a Profile under the heading New Applicants
  • Create your Applicant Profile
  • Once completed, select Create a new application
  • Select the following for each category:
    • Application type: Graduate
    • Program: Pharmacy — Health Economics & Outcomes Research (MS)
    • Quarter and Year: Fall 2022
    • Areas of Interest: AbbVie Fellowship Program, Bayer Fellowship Program, Genentech Fellowship Program (select all that apply). 
      • Note: This step is very important! It tells us which positions you are applying to with the single Graduate School application.
  • Complete all steps in the application including:
    • Report Prior Schools
    • Submit Transcripts (upload your unofficial transcripts)
    • Submit Resume or Vitae
    • Designate Recommendations (enter the email address of your 3 recommenders who will be notified as soon as you enter their information to submit a recommendation on your behalf)
    • Submit Statement of Purpose
    • Review Checklist of Application Materials
  • Verify, Pay, and Submit Application no later than October 29, 2021!

Note: The Graduate School application fee is $85. Financial Need Fee Waivers are available through the Graduate School for those who qualify. For more information on minimum income requirements and how to request a waiver:

For more information, please contact: 

Marina Gano, M.Ed.
Graduate Program & Operations Manager
The CHOICE Institute, Department of Pharmacy


Ryan Hansen, PharmD, PhD
Associate Professor & Director of Industry Fellowships
The CHOICE Institute, Department of Pharmacy