About AFPE


The mission of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) is to advance and support pharmaceutical sciences education at U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy by:

AFPE offers funding to first year graduate school and pre-doctoral fellows in the pharmaceutical sciences,  pre-doctoral fellowships in the clinical pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy faculty development research grants.

AFPE awards provide recognition and support to a diverse group of talented students and faculty as they pursue advanced pharmaceutical sciences education. These students and faculty learn state-of-the-science knowledge, skills, and techniques of great value to industry and academia as they prepare to participate effectively in achieving the business goals of pharmaceutical research & manufacturing and the academic goals of the pharmaceutical sciences education enterprise.

AFPE First Year Graduate School Fellowships encourage the best U.S. students to pursue careers in the pharmaceutical sciences by supporting exceptional Pharm.D. degree graduates in the first year of graduate school as they begin a PhD degree course of study in the pharmaceutical sciences in preparation for careers in industry and academia.

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences support the most exceptional Ph.D. students during the advanced, research phase of their pharmaceutical sciences course of study and enable them to focus intensively on industry-oriented subjects such as: drug development, drug delivery, clinical trial design and management, pharmacoeconomics, and manufacturing quality control. In the course of their graduate studies, AFPE Fellows receive drug-focused training, in-depth introductions to industry processes, and experience in the use of teamwork and cross-functional collaboration to achieve industry research, development, evaluation and manufacturing goals.

The AFPE Pharmacy Faculty Development Fellowships in Community Pharmacy Practice and in Geriatric Pharmacy enable full-time PharmD and PhD pharmacy college faculty members to undertake a minimum 6-month intensive project including coursework, training, and/or research on a cutting-edge topic that benefits industry, pharmacy & pharmaceutical science education, and the national health. This nurturing of outstanding pharmacy faculty researchers advances pharmaceutical science knowledge, advances drug discovery and development, and advances the development of state-of-the-science pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences curricula.

AFPE supports graduate education, training and research in the pharmaceutical sciences in such disciplines as clinical pharmaceutical science, medicinal/pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmaceutics, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacognosy, pharmacokinetics/metabolism, pharmacotherapy & experimental therapeutics, and social & administrative pharmacy. The interest of AFPE corporate and individual contributors in supporting new or evolving scientific fields helps pharmacy educators create state-of-the-art curricula to keep pace with today’s rapid advances in drug discovery and development.


Click here for a list of our fellows, from 1942 to 2016


In 1942, visionary pharmaceutical leaders of the National Drug Trade Conference (NDTC) organized the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) and unanimously endorsed its incorporation as an independent foundation to operate in perpetuity to advance and support pharmaceutical education in the United States. AFPE stands as the nation’s oldest and largest pharmacy foundation.

For 74 years, AFPE has provided fellowships, scholarships, and grants to help educate thousands of the very best and brightest students in the pharmaceutical sciences in preparation for distinguished careers in industry and academia.

  • 1943-1946...Aid to Prevent Pharmacy College Closures during WWII
  • 1944-1978...Pharmacy Student Scholarships
  • 1946-2013...Graduate Student Fellowships in Pharmaceutical Science
  • 1985-2008...New Investigator Program for Pharmacy Faculty
  • 1992-2008...Pharmacy Student “Gateway to Research” Scholarships
  • 1992-2013...First Year Graduate School Scholarships
  • 2008-2013...Pharmacy Faculty Research Grants
  • 1944-1978...Pharmacy Student Recruitment
  • 1945-1991...American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
  • 1946-1950...The Pharmaceutical Survey
  • 1949-1978...Pharmacy Teacher Seminars
  • 1966-1973...Visiting Lecturer Program
  • 1967-1969...Education Survey
  • 1968-1972...Inter-Institutional Pharmacology Program
  • 1972-1973...The Millis Study Commission on Pharmacy
  • 1979-1983...Council on Sections Special Projects Program
  • 1985-1987...Commission on Graduate Education
  • 1987...Executive Management in Colleges of Pharmacy (Seed Grant)
  • 1989-1990...AACP Database Project
  • 1944-2008...Grants to Support Pharmacy College Accreditation
  • 2012...Grant to support ACPE Invitational Conference



Board of Directors

Leslie Z. Benet, PhD
Professor, Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences
School of Pharmacy
University of California-San Francisco

J. Lyle Bootman, PhD
Dean, College of Pharmacy
University of Arizona

Cynthia J. Boyle, PharmD, FAPhA
Interim Dean
Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Robert W. Brueggemeier, PhD
Chair, Board of Grants
Professor, Medicinal Chemistry
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University

Eileen M. Cannon
PhRMA Foundation

Patricia A. Chase, PhD
Dean, School of Pharmacy
West Virginia University

Joseph T. DiPiro, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Pharmacy

Stuart Feldman, PhD
Professor Emeritus
University of Georgia

Tiziana Fox, PharmD
Senior Director
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC

David R. Gaugh, RPh
Senior Vice President, Sciences & Regulatory Affairs
Generic Pharmaceutical Association

Stephen L. Giroux
Middleport Family Health Center

Carol A. Gloff, PhD
Carol Gloff & Associates

Dick R. Gourley, PharmD
The University of Tennessee Research Foundation

William M. Heller, PhD
Former Executive Director

Kay Holcombe
Senior Vice President, Science Policy
Biotechnology Industry Organization

Kathleen D. Jaeger, RPh, JD
President, NACDS Foundation
SVP, Pharmacy Care & Patient Advocacy

Barbara A. Kochanowski, PhD
Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs
Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Irene Laurora, PharmD
Vice President, Category Leader Innovation Research & Development
Bayer HealthCare LLC – Consumer Care

Lucinda L. Maine, PhD
Executive Vice President & CEO
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Nelufar Mohajeri, MA, MC
Director, Member and Professional Relations, Legal
US Pharmacopeia

Karen J. Ribler
Executive Vice President & COO
Center for Healthcare Supply Chain Research

Elizabeth Scott “Scotti” Russell
Government Affairs Manager
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy

Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), BCPS, FCCP
Executive Director
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

Member Organizations

AFPE partners with the Kappa Epsilon, Phi Lambda Sigma, and Rho Chi pharmacy honor societies to provide fellowships to first-year graduate students.

Kappa Epsilon

The mission of Kappa Epsilon is to empower its members to achieve personal and professional fulfillment by developing their confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal skills and leadership vision; and represent the interest of the members to health-care professionals and the community at large.

Phi Lambda Sigma

The purpose of Phi Lambda Sigma, also known as the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, is to promote the development of leadership qualities, especially among pharmacy students. By peer recognition, the Society encourages participation in all pharmacy activities. Such recognition instills and enhances self-confidence, encourages the less active student to a more active role and promotes greater effort toward the advancement of pharmacy. Since membership crosses fraternal and organizational lines, the Society does not compete with other pharmacy organizations.

Rho Chi

The Rho Chi Society encourages and recognizes excellence in intellectual achievement and advocates critical inquiry in all aspects of pharmacy. The Society further encourages high standards of conduct and character and fosters fellowship among its members. The Society seeks universal recognition of its members as lifelong intellectual leaders in pharmacy, and as a community of scholars, to instill the desire to pursue intellectual excellence and critical inquiry to advance the profession.