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 students, Pharm.D.students, and pre-doctoral candidates, and faculty members.

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 develop 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 and 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 first- year of graduate school students as they begin a Ph.D. degree course of study in the pharmaceutical sciences in preparation for careers in industry and academia.

AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the 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.

AFPE is proud to support the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) in their strategic initiative, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants (SOTL), for enhancing and improving educational outcomes. SOTL provides research funding for faculty members who are engaging in educational research

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.


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.

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.

Support for Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy:

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
2013-2020: AFPE introduces the Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Outcome Disparities, the ASHP-AFPE Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Hospital, Health System, and Ambulatory Care Outcomes, the Dr. Paul B. Myrdal Memorial Pre-Doctoral Award, the Herb and Nina Demuth Memorial Award, the Underrepresented Minority Gateway Award, the Regional Award, and the William M. Heller Mentor of the Year Award, and partners with AACP to offer the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Social and Administrative Sciences (SAS) Section’s Summer Research Exchange Program.
2023: AFPE introduces the ClinicalMind for Black Pharmacy Students and partners with AACP to offer the Implementation Science Scholar Award.

Support for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy:

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
2018-2020: AFPE and AACP partner to offer the SOTL and SAS Awards.
2023: AFPE and AACP partner to offer the Implementation Science Scholar Award.

Support for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

1944-2008: Grants to Support Pharmacy College Accreditation
2012: Grant to support ACPE Invitational Conference

Board of Directors


Calvin H. Knowlton, BScPharm, MDiv, Ph.D, ScD (Hon)






Lucinda Maine, Ph.D.
Vice Chair



John M. Couric, Jr., MBA


Ellen Woods   
President and Secretary


John Bentley, Ph.D
Professor of Pharmacy Administration,
The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Global Health and Consumer Initiatives,
Tabula Rasa HealthCare

Craig Cox, Ph.D. (AACP)
Associate Professor Pharmacy Practice and Vice Chair for Experiential Programs,
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock

Robert DiCenzo (APhA), Pharm.D.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – School of Pharmacy – Boston

Joseph T. DiPiro, Pharm.D.
Associate Vice President for Health Sciences, Faculty Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy

Carol A. Gloff, Ph.D.
Carol Gloff & Associates

David F. Gregory, Pharm.D., BCPS, FACHE (AACP)
Dean and Professor
Belmont University, College of Pharmacy

Anandi Law, B.Pharm, MS, Ph.D., FAPHA (AACP)
Associate Dean, Assessment and Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration
Western University, College of Pharmacy

Russell B. Melchert (AACP)
Dean & Professor
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy

Shawna Reagan, MBA
Strategy & Operational Effectiveness Strategy & Operations Lead
Pfizer, Inc.

Peter Swaan, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Grants
Dean and Professor
University of Florida, College of Pharmacy

Lee Vermeulen, BS Pharm, MS
Executive Vice President & CEO
American Association of College of Pharmacy (AACP)

Karl Williams, JD
General Counsel
St. John Fisher College

Honor Society Partnerships

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.