UW-Novo Nordisk Fellowship


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About Novo Nordisk

We are a global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat serious chronic diseases, built upon our heritage in diabetes. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure the diseases we treat. We employ more than 59,000 people in 80 offices around the world, and market our products in 170 countries.

About the University of Washington

The University of Washington is a world-class leader in health sciences education and has been consistently listed in US News and World Report as one of the top 10 institutions for its graduate programs. The University is particularly noted for its strong research programs and since 1974 has received more federal funds for research and training than any other public university in the United States. It fosters a highly collegial atmosphere between departments and academic units, creating a particularly attractive environment for such partnerships between the public and private sectors.

The Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and Economics (CHOICE) Institute is housed within the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, which boasts nearly 125 years of academic and research success. Faculty in the program (1) provide advanced research training for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and clinicians (PharmDs, MDs), (2) conduct rigorous scientific research in economic evaluations and outcomes of pharmaceuticals and other health technologies, and (3) translate and disseminate the results of research into clinical practice and healthcare policy, with the goal of improving patient care.

The CHOICE Institute faculty participating in the fellowship have been chosen both for their dedication to teaching and their excellence in research. Each is trained either as a health economist or health services researcher and all have an extensive history of effective economic evaluations and pharmacoepidemiologic research.

Fellowship Directors

Sean D. Sullivan, BScPharm, MSc, PhD

Sean D. Sullivan, BScPharm, MSc, PhD

Professor of Pharmacy
University of Washington

Neeraj Iyer, MS, PhD

Neeraj Iyer, MS, PhD

Sr. Director of HEOR Evidence Strategy and Synthesis
Novo Nordisk

Abhilasha Ramasamy

Abhilasha Ramasamy

Executive Director & Head, HEOR Evidence Strategy and Synthesis
Novo Nordisk

Health Economics and Outcomes Research Fellowship

The University of Washington/Novo Nordisk HEOR Fellowship is a two-year program that provides formal training and hands-on experience in the HEOR field.

Fellowship Program First Year – University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

The objective of the first year is to provide the fellow with the research tools necessary for economic evaluation and policy assessment. The fellow will be given an overview of pharmaceutical economics and general health policy, and taught methods of economic assessment, health services research, epidemiology, clinical research design, and biostatistical analyses. The fellow will also complete an MS thesis project under the guidance of their University of Washington and Novo Nordisk mentors.

Fellowship Program Second Year – Novo Nordisk (Plainsboro, NJ)

The objective of the second year is to provide the fellow with hands-on training and exposure to the process of generating and utilizing strategically focused health economics and outcomes research to support the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products. Fellows will help manage research projects by leading vendor calls, adhering to timelines, communicating with major KOLs, and providing scientific inputs with the support of Clinical Data Science & Evidence (CDSE) colleagues.

Application Requirements

  • You must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status to apply, we are unable to sponsor non-immigrant visas for this program.
  • Degree in pharmacy or health-related discipline.
  • Previous research experience (preference will be given to those with a high academic standing).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, ethics, professionalism, leadership and an interest in the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Curriculum vitae, cover letter, three letters of recommendation.

Selection of fellows will be made by a committee composed of University of Washington faculty members and representatives from the respective company.

Application Process Timeline:

  • Eligibility: Degree in Pharmacy by July 1, 2024
  • Application Opens: Friday, September 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Monday, October 23, 2023
  • Interview Notification: Monday, October 30, 2023
  • Interviews: Week of November 6, 2023 (via Zoom)
  • Offer Notification: Rolling, after interviews
  • Decision Deadline: December 13, 2023
  • Program Start Date: July 1, 2024

How to Apply

  1. Login to the Graduate School application: https://apply.grad.uw.edu/portal/gr_app
  2. Select “Start Graduate Application”
  3. Complete all sections of the application along the lefthand panel, starting with the Profile Information section.
  4. Under Program Selection, choose the following:
    1. Application type: Graduate
    2. Program: Pharmacy – Health Economics & Outcomes Research (MS)
  5. Review the Program Requirements and indicate the term and year you intend to enroll in the program
    1. Select Autumn 2024 (this is when the matriculation to the graduate program would begin).
  6. For the section, “Application Questions”, select which MS fellowship program(s) to which you would like to apply. You may choose a min. of 1 and a max. of 6. The selections are not ranked.
    1. Select all that apply: AbbVie Fellowship Program, Bayer Fellowship Program, Genentech Fellowship Program, Novo Nordisk Fellowship Program, Sanofi Fellowship Program, Seagen Fellowship Program
    2. To add another program, select “Add a fellowship program”. You may choose up to 6.
  7. Continue with completing all other sections of the application, including Application Materials and Recommenders.
  8. Review your application and check for any missing required fields or errors. When ready, click Submit Application. Your application is not submitted until you have paid the application fee.
    1. Fee waivers are available for those who qualify. Review eligibility requirements and the process for fee waiver requests here: https://grad.uw.edu/prospective-students/how-to-apply/application-fee-waivers/

A more detailed instruction guide can be found here.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

University of Washington

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