Step Inside Lilly’s Visiting Scientist Fellowship

Lilly’s Visiting Scientist Fellowship is a highly competitive, unique, one-year post-graduate program designed to develop well-rounded individuals who will foster the development of the next generation of medicines to improve patients’ lives. This program is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates with PharmD, M.D., and relevant Ph.D. or master's degrees who are interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

From the first week in the fellowship, Visiting Scientist Fellows develop a strong foundation of drug development knowledge, learning from key senior leaders within the company. These senior leaders provide insights into Lilly’s research and development, public policy, medical, commercial, and various other key areas. Fellows at Lilly are involved in work that directly impacts the business and leads to experiences that set them up for successful careers within the pharmaceutical industry. Additionally, fellows are involved in a variety of personal and professional development activities that will continue to benefit them throughout their careers.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, fellows have been involved in a variety of high-caliber work such as leading advisory boards with external thought leaders, project managing various clinical trials, and reviewing and approving promotional content for a diabetes-centric campaign with Disney. The fellowship offers the ability to consistently make meaningful contributions and to gain invaluable experiences within the fellow’s assigned department and cross-functional teams.

Lilly’s professional opportunities, challenging projects, and emphasis on developing competencies and skills are key factors as to why many of the company’s current and past fellows chose this post-graduate program. Fellows are attracted to Lilly’s support of employees outside of work as well. From connecting with colleagues during volunteer projects for Lilly’s Global Day of Service, to participating in United Way's ReadUP program, to judging science fairs at a local elementary school, the company’s commitment to the community is remarkable. Hobbies and outside interests are also encouraged through various employee resource groups and activity clubs available to all fellows.

The combination of these experiences and opportunities enable Visiting Scientist Fellows to grow both professionally and personally during their time at Lilly. Future fellows can expect similar experiences and opportunities from a company that has made life better with the same focus and culture for over 140 years.

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