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Lilly’s Visiting Scientist Fellowship (VSF) program exposes recent Pharm.D., M.D./D.O., and relevant Ph.D. or master’s degree graduates to a myriad of pharmaceutical functions and experiences, providing firsthand involvement with the drug development process. As a VSF, you will use your skills to make a positive impact on global patient care and medicine development. With innovative molecules in our development pipeline, there has never been a better time to join Lilly.

The VSF is a unique, one-year post-graduate program. You will be assigned to one department, yet work closely with other areas, enabling you to learn about medical, marketing, regulatory, and other facets of drug development. Do not miss this exciting opportunity to discover and develop the next generation of drugs that will improve patients’ lives.

Visiting Scientist Fellows
Application and Selection Process
2024-2025 Cohort

​​​​​​​The application process and selection process for the 2024-2025 cohort will begin Fall 2023. To qualify, you must complete a Pharm.D., M.D./D.O., or relevant Ph.D. or master’s degree by June 2024, or have completed one no earlier than May 2021.

For more information, about the VSF program, please download the 2023-2024 program brochure. Explore the information presented during our previous webinar series that was hosted by Lilly’s VSF Leadership Team.

Please email with any questions.

Employee Profile: Visiting Scientist Fellows

From the collegial atmosphere to the significant impact, you can have every day, Visiting Scientist Fellows outline everything they like about the program.

"The Visiting Scientist Fellowship afforded me the opportunity to explore various roles and responsibilities within a pharmaceutical company that I never knew existed. The organization’s emphasis on networking, learning cross-functionally, and career growth provided a unique perspective, all while helping to deliver life-saving medicines to patients. This program has paid dividends within my career at Lilly.”

Arya Mehr, Pharm.D.
2016 Fellow – University of Washington, Sr. Director-Medical Affairs-Medical Liaison
"The Visiting Scientist Fellowship program offered me a unique opportunity to merge my love for science, health policy, and market access with the ability to make a great impact on patient access and affordability for millions of patients globally. The hands-on cross-functional projects are designed to ensure that fellows develop strong technical and professional skills to be successful in any role within the pharmaceutical industry. The experiences and leadership opportunities I gained during my fellowship year have shaped who I am today and positioned me to succeed today and in the future."

Stacie Smith, Pharm.D., MBA
2020 Fellow - Mercer University, Associate Director-Global PRA Breast Cancer
"The VSF program was an amazing learning experience. As someone living with diabetes, I count the opportunity to join Lilly amongst the highest honors of my life. Throughout the program, the mix of incredible 1:1 mentorship, extensive professional networking opportunities, and the willingness of the team to allow me to lead bold, high-impact research projects was instrumental to my growth as a health outcomes scientist."
David Schapiro, Pharm.D.
2021 Fellow – University of Michigan, Advisor-Real World Evidence (RWE) Scientist

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