Novartis Fellowships

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research – Fellowships in Early Clinical Development

MCPHS University & Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) Fellowship is a two-year post-PharmD Fellowship program designed to provide highly motivated candidates the unique opportunity to gain practical experience in early clinical drug development at NIBR. The Fellowship also presents the opportunity to increase academic skills in collaboration with MCPHS University. Collectively, the Fellowship is designed to provide a comprehensive, high-quality postdoctoral experience.

NIBR Overview

The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the global pharmaceutical research organization for Novartis committed to discovering innovative medicines to treat diseases with high unmet medical need. With more than 56,000 scientists and physicians around the world, our open and entrepreneurial culture encourages collaboration as we work to push the boundaries of science to change the practice of medicine.

MCPHS University

Through MCPHS University, the Fellow will have the opportunity to gain teaching and research experience in an academic setting. As an adjunct assistant professor at MCPHS University Fellows may have the opportunity to:

  • Develop, coordinate, and teach courses
  • Co-precept students on advanced experiential rotations
  • Create and publish scholarly research and/or review articles
  • Present data at scientific and clinical meetings
  • Participate in professional development seminars with other Fellows

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Fellowship Objectives

Over the course of the fellowship, the Fellows will:

  • Gain practical experience in the drug development process as an integral part of a development team
  • Utilize clinical and scientific knowledge in the design and conduct of early phase clinical studies
  • Participate in didactic seminars, workshops and group forums related to clinical research
  • Expand technical writing proficiency of clinical study protocols and reports
  • Enhance presentation skills at internal meetings and at a national conference

Program Design

  • Duration: Two years
  • Location: MCPHS University and NIBR, Cambridge, MA
  • Start date: July 1

Programs Available:

  • Clinical Sciences and Innovation (CS&I) – General Medicine
  • Biomarker Development (BMD) – Biomarkers focus
  • Translational Clinical Oncology (TCO) – Oncology focus


Fellows will be selected on a nationally competitive basis.  Applicants must have a Pharm.D. degree from an ACPE accredited college of pharmacy prior to the start date of the fellowship on July 1. Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills and an interest in pursuing a career in the biopharmaceutical  industry.  All candidates must have authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the two-year fellowship. No visa sponsorship will be provided.


Fellows will receive a competitive stipend and benefit package, including comprehensive health insurance from MCPHS University. Attendance to one or more professional meetings, conferences, or workshops will be sponsored by NIBR.

Application Procedure

Participation in the Personnel Placement Service (PPS) at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting is strongly encouraged, but not required.

Before ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

Interested individuals should request an interview through the PPS portal. In order to be considered for an interview at Midyear, the following should be submitted through the PPS portal:

  • An updated CV
  • Letter of intent

After ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting

The formal application materials below must be received by December 20th. Submit via the on-line portal

  • Letter of intent
  • Updated CV
  • Names and contact information of 3 references
  • Unofficial college transcript

3 letters of recommendation will be required to be submitted directly by their authors via email upon request.

Onsite Interviews

  • Top candidates will be invited for NIBR onsite interviews in Cambridge, MA

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