Frequently asked questions. 

Does the program accept non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents?

 Yes we do but they are not eligible for NIH T32 funding to support fellowship. Thus, many come with their own funding from a home institution or else find a Vanderbilt mentor who has grant funding and requires a fellow. Your best chances of connecting with a mentor are to search our website for someone working in your area and to contact them directly.  


When does the program start?

We have rolling starts that depend on an individuals' funding, mentor needs, visa etc.   T32 fellows generally (but not always) start in July. There is no formal closing date for applications.


What is a T32 fellow ?

We have funding for the training of  7  fellows that is provided by the NIH T32 program. T32 fellows must be US citizens or permanent residents. The T32 support is for 2 years.


How do I apply for T32 fellowship?

Use the regular application process is described on our website. Indicate that you are eligible for a T32 position.


How are T32 positions allocated?

T32 positions are competitive. We select the individuals with the greatest academic potential in clinical pharmacology.


Am I competitive for a T32 position?

Most successful candidates have already demonstrated a commitment to research, published some papers, and have a future career plan that involves clinical pharmacology. 


Can I be a clinical pharmacology fellow if I am not a T32 fellow?

Yes. We have approximately 30 fellows, 7 of whom are T32 fellows. The others are funded by individual mentors’ research grants. To secure such a position you should contact individual mentors for whom your skills are a good fit. 


Do I get a degree or certificate?

No, this is not a degree or certificate awarding program. Most of the time in the program is spent doing mentored research.  Individuals who complete training may be eligible to sit the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology certification exam – visit the ABCP website for details about their requirements.


 Is this a two-year program? 

The T32 program is for 2 years and most other fellows stay 1, 2, or 3  years depending on the source of their funding and their career goals.


How do fellows spend their time?

Fellows spend most (~90%) of their time performing research under their mentors’ supervision. Thus, what a particular fellow learns depends a lot on what research the mentor is doing.