Discover and Advance Your Full Potential

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 hands-on 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 many 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 many other facets of drug development. Don't 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

To qualify for VSF, 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. 

Candidates may request a screening interview between September 18-30, 2023 by filling out the Screening Interview Form. Qualified candidates will receive an email inviting them to submit a formal application and participate in a screening interview. The screening process involves a 30-minute interview through Microsoft Teams with Lilly’s VSF program leadership team in mid-October 2023 and an invitation only virtual happy hour in early November 2023. Top candidates from the screening process will be invited and provided with directions to participate in on-site final-round interviews in mid-November 2023. The final selection process is expected to be completed by mid-December 2023.

For more information about the VSF program and the positions offered for the 2024-2025 cohort, please download the VSF 2024-2025 program brochure or email with any questions.

Employee Profiles: Visiting Scientist Fellows

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"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, Director – Pipeline Medical Affairs
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"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 Environmental Shaping – Obesity
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"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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