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Student Opportunities – Visiting Scientist Fellowship

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Lilly’s Visiting Scientist Fellowship (VSF) program exposes recent Pharm.D., M.D., 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’s never been a better time to join Lilly.

The VSF is a unique, one-year post-graduate program. You’ll be assigned to one department, yet work closely with other cross-functional 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. To learn more about the VSF program, please watch this overview of the program from the VSF Program Coordinator, Jason Singer.

and Selection Process

To qualify, you must complete a Pharm.D., M.D., or relevant Ph.D. or master’s degree this coming spring or within the previous 3 years. Register for our webinar series to gain insights on the application process and the fellowship experience from fellows, alumni, and HR.

Candidates may request a screening interview between September 20th and October 13th. Qualified candidates will receive an email inviting them to submit a formal application and participate in a screening interview. The screening process includes up to two virtual events between October 23rd and October 30th, including one 30-minute interview in Microsoft Teams and an invite-only reception in our Virtual Lilly platform via WebEx. Top candidates from the screening process will be invited and provided directions to participate in on-site second-round interviews during late November. The final selection process is expected to be completed by mid-December.

For more general information, please download our general information brochure. Please view the full brochure to learn more about the positions being offered for the 2022-2023 Visiting Scientist Fellowship class. Explore the information presented during our second Webinar that was hosted by Lilly’s current Visiting Scientist Fellows.
Please Email with any questions.

Employee Profile: Visiting Scientist Fellows

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


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Scientist Elizabeth B.

The Visiting Scientist program provided me with the opportunity to learn about drug development and regulatory science through experiential learning. It was a rewarding fellowship, which shaped my career aspirations as a pharmacist and as a scientist.”

Elizabeth B., Pharm.D. 1996 Fellow – Purdue University, Senior Director, Project Management – Research/Development
Scientist Brian C.

As a pharmacist who is particularly interested in the commercial space, I found that few fellowships provide the opportunity to apply my clinical knowledge in the strategic development of a novel drug. This ultimately ensures that patient care needs are aligned with the business strategy.”

Brian C., Pharm.D. 2014 Fellow – University of Southern California, Brand Leader, Lilly China - Retevmo
Scientist Anokhi P.

The Visiting Scientist Fellowship allowed me to take part in meaningful, patient-driven work starting on day one. The program offers a superb value to post-graduate candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry!”

Ian D., Pharm.D. 2018 Fellow – Purdue University, Consultant, CT Commercial Products & Related Services, Sourcing & Regulatory Strategy

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