Graduate Education Funding


The UA College of Pharmacy offers financial support in the form of graduate appointments, research assistantships, and research fellowships. This includes:

  • All graduate appointments in the COP Graduate Programs are research assistantships
  • Full funding of a competitive research assistantship. Students are eligible for .50 research assistantships beginning in year one
    • PhD students with a research assistantship are required to be enrolled in 13 units each semester
  • In-state and out-of-state tuition waivers
  • Health insurance
  • COP research fellowships

For a complete overview of the costs and fees for attending a graduate program at the University of Arizona, please visit the Graduate College

**Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes (HPO) Program

MS (Thesis and Non-Thesis degree) students are self-pay.  No funding is available from the Program.

PhD students: HPO offers assistantships to its PhD students through a competitive process.  

Research Fellowships

Fellowships are established to provide financial support to outstanding full-time graduate students. The award is based on academic achievement and financial need.

Established in 2013, the vision of donors Ivo Abraham and Karen MacDonald is to give students the opportunity to widen their horizons and push themselves beyond their comfort zones, experiences that are essential to conducting research that will change the world. The award is intended to encourage graduate students pursuing a doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences to conduct research or receive research training in a country in which English is not the primary language. The cash award of $5,000 may be awarded to one, or split among multiple recipients, at the discretion of the selection committee. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • 2019-2020: Mavis Obeng-Kusi
  • 2017-2018: Cody Schmidlin
  • 2016-2017: Montserrat Rojo de la Vega Guinea
  • 2015-2016: Mahdi Gharaibeh, Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy and Outcomes
  • 2014-2015: Andrew Ambrose, Drug Discovery and Development

Dr. George Thornhill Caldwell and Dr. Mary Estill Caldwell worked together as scientists and marriage partners and devoted nearly a century of teaching and research to the University of Arizona. In honor of their dedication to the development of future scholars, the Caldwell Health Sciences Research Fellowships were established and offer research awards to deserving students at the UA Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.
This fellowship was established in 1995 in memory of Mary Caldwell, who worked at UA for 55 years, first as a biology and bacteriology professor and then as a researcher. Awards of up to $3,000 each are given to graduate students conducting original research.
  • 2021-2022:
    • Sarrah Hannon, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Aryatara Shakya, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Marissa Trujillo, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2020-2021:
    • Erin Jennings, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Peng Ji, Drug Discovery & Development
    • Siennah Miller, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2019-2020: 
    • Yanmei Hu, Drug Discovery & Development
    • Christopher Zerio, Drug Discovery & Development
    • Kayla Frost, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Abdulaali R. Almutairi, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2017-2018: Maria Fernanda Acosta, Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokinetics
  • 2016-2017: Michael Kerins, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2015-2016: Nicholas McConnell, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2014-2015: Guillermo Martinez-Ariza, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2013-2014: Jessica Sapiro, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2012-2013:
    • Brendan Frett, Drug Discovery & Development
    • Christine Kaiser, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2011-2012:
    • Owen Kinsky, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Shuxi Qiao, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Tongde Wu, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2010-2011:
    • Courtney Wheatley, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Ingrid Druwe, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Chris Kuhlman, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Nick Mastrandrea, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Established in 2002, this award was created in memory of Hugh E Laird II, a 1962 alumnus and former COP professor of pharmacology and toxicology. The award is given to second year or more advanced PhD graduate students.
  • 2021-2022: Mavis Obeng-Kusi, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
  • 2019-2020: Jared Sivinski, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2017-2018: Wafaa Alabsi, Pharmaceutics & Pharmacokineitcs
  • 2015-2016: Bryan Harder, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2013-2014: Christine Kaiser, Drug Discovery & Development

This is a perpetual endowment established in 1990 by Mrs. Joey Nell Leonard in memory of her father, Joseph B. Ryan, a prominent Phoenix pharmacist who operated a number of drug stores in Arizona. This fund is awarded to UA College of Pharmacy alumni who are interested in the MS/PhD program. Candidate must have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and genuine academic promise.
  • 2021-2022:
    • Srujitha Marupuru, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
  • 2020-2021:
    • Briana Choi: Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
    • Yanmei Hu: Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2019-2020: 
    • Srujitha Marupuru, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
    • Siennah Miller, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Kristan Cleveland, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Harman Dhatt, Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes
    • Raymond Hau, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2017-2018: David (Rhys) Axon, Pharmaceutical Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2016-2017: Alejandra Aguilar Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes
  • 2015-2016: Patrick Campbell, Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes
  • 2014-2015: Patrick Campbell, Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes
  • 2013-2014: Lea Mollon, Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes
  • 2012-2013: Aliyah Sheth, Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics

This $1,000 fellowship was established in 2010 by Bill and Betty, friends of The College. Bill has been a registered pharmacist for more than 60 years and holds one of the oldest pharmacy licenses awarded by the State of Arizona, and Betty worked at The UA for 34 years. The award is given to a full-time Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes graduate student with a 3.5 GPA. If there is no such student in the Health and Pharmaceutical Outcomes graduate program track, the award may be given to any full-time graduate student with a 3.5 GPA in another graduate program track.
  • 2021-2022:
    • Ibrahim Alfayoumi, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
    • Ziyad Almatruk, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
  • 2020-2021:
    • Srujitha Marupuru, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
    • Mavis Obeng-Kusi, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
  • 2019-2020: 
    • Neda Al Rawashdh, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
    • Shannon Vaffis, Health & Pharmaceutical Outcomes
  • 2017-2018:
    • Xu Zhou, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Mira Patel, Economics Policy & Outcomes
    • Mok Oh, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2016-2017: David Rhys Axon, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2015-2016: Chanadda Chinthammit, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2014-2015: Vishnu Kumarasamy, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2013-2014: Jill Augustine, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2012-2013: Amanda Harrington, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2011-2012: Prasadini Perera, Economics Policy & Outcomes
  • 2010-2011: Adrienne Gilligan, Economics Policy & Outcomes

The Yuma Friends of Arizona Health Sciences Fellowship is intended to provide seed grant funds to promising young clinical and basic investigators to encourage and stimulate quality research in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health, as well as the many subdisciplines within these colleges. The translation of advances in laboratory research into advances in patient care has long been a hallmark of the University of Arizona Health Sciences, and it is believed that these awards will help nurture young scientists who will someday alter the course of health care in America.
This is a $3,000 fellowship awarded to a PharmD or graduate student who is in his or her first two calendar years of graduate study and who is a full-time student enrolled at the University of Arizona in the colleges on the UAHS campus. Selection criteria include the significance and originality of the proposed study and the validity of the hypothesis and the feasibility of the methods and experiments to be used.
  • 2015-2016: Michael Kerins, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2014-2015: Nicholas McConnell, Drug Discovery & Development
  • 2013-2014: Alyssa Hinchman, PharmD
  • 2012-2013: Anika Dzierlenga, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • 2011-2012: Eric Wong, PharmD 2013
  • 2010-2011: Patrick Allison, Pharmacology & Toxicology

Established in 2019 by former graduate students in a tribute to I. Glenn Sipes' unwavering mentorship, research, and professional organizational leadership. This award will be used to encourage graduate students to advance their research by participating in scientific meetings by reducing the burdon of costs associated with travel.
  • 2021-2022:
    • Raymond Hau, Pharmacology & Toxicology
    • Erin Jennings, Pharmacology & Toxicology


Additional Financial Support

Graduate students can find more funding opportunities through the University of Arizona:

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for funding from external agencies, including: