MS HEOR Industry Fellowships

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.

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 Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy. Course of Study for Fellows earning an MS degree.

We offer three competitive fellowship programs (5 positions total):

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

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.

Interested in learning more about health economics and outcomes research and whether our program is a good fit for you? Join our info session on Monday, September 28 at 5pm PST.

Register today:

The session will be recorded and posted here within 1-2 business days.

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, 2021
  • Application Deadline: November 10, 2020
  • Interview Notification: Friday, November 13
  • Interviews: Week of November 16
  • Offer Notification: Monday, December 1
  • Program Start Date: July 1, 2021

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 — Pharmaceutical Outcomes Sciences (MS)
    • Quarter and Year: Fall 2021
    • 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 November 10, 2020!

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