NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy

The next call for nominations will become available in March 2020. For any questions, call (202) 334-1506 or email

Interviews with Past Fellows

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) bring together the most eminent researchers, policy experts, and clinicians from across the country to work together to provide nonpartisan, scientific, and evidence-based advice to national, state, and local policymakers; academic leaders; health care administrators; and the public. The National Academies are uniquely qualified to offer an exceptional learning environment to selected early-career faculty and future leaders in medicine, pharmacy, and public health. Through an endowment from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy was established under the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Fellowships program.


The overall purpose of the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy is to enable talented, early-career health science scholars to participate actively in health- and medicine-related work of the National Academies and to further their careers as future leaders in the field. The program especially welcomes nominations of under-represented minority candidates.


Current Fellow

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD

2018-2020 Pharmacy Fellow

Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD is a nationally-recognized pharmacist and pharmacoepidemiologist currently on faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Systems, Outcomes and Policy at the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy (UIC). Dr. Qato’s research focuses on access and safe use of medications in vulnerable populations, particularly older adults and minorities in the United States and abroad. She utilizes population-based methods to better understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the use, underuse and unsafe use of medications, how these patterns may influence health outcomes and health disparities, and what can be done from a community and policy perspective to address these growing public health problems.

Past Fellow

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

Jonathan H. Watanabe, PharmD, PhD

2016-2018 Pharmacy Fellow

Program Description

The NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy will be awarded for a two-year period. During this time, the fellow is expected to continue to work at his/her primary academic post, while being assigned to a health- and medicine-related board of the National Academies. The boards are:

  • Children, Youth, and Families
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Services
  • Health Sciences Policy
  • Population Health and Public Health Practice

The fellowship requires a 10 to 20 percent commitment of time for two years, and includes attendance at a one-week orientation to health policy, the Fall NAM Annual Meeting and the meetings of the assigned board. Additionally, the fellow will participate actively in the work of an appropriate expert study committee or roundtable, including contributing to its reports or other products.

This experience will introduce the NAM Fellow in Pharmacy to a variety of experts and perspectives, including legislators, government officials, industry leaders, executives of voluntary health organizations, scientists, and other health professionals. Each fellow will be assigned to an NAM member who will serve as a senior mentor during the two years of the fellowship.

A flexible research stipend of $25,000 will be awarded to each NAM Fellow in Pharmacy. The stipend will be administered through the appropriate department in the fellow’s home institution. Stipends are not intended for use as salary offset.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees for the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy must meet the following requirements:

  • Nomination by one of the following:
    1. A member of the NAM,
    2. The board of directors of AACP, or
    3. The board of regents of ACCP
  • Completion of a Pharm.D. and/or Ph.D. from a relevant field of study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences
  • Non-tenured member of an academic faculty
  • Able to dedicate 10 to 20 percent of time to the fellowship for two years
  • Within the first five-to-ten years after completion of postgraduate work
  • Sponsorship by academic department head
  • Endorsement by the dean
  • U.S. citizen or permanent residency status at the time of the nomination

The NAM especially welcomes under-represented minority candidates.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to those with a demonstrated interest in and focus on advancing pharmacy practice and scholarship. In addition, the committee will consider:

  • Professional accomplishments including research and publications
  • Potential for leadership in health policy
  • Quality of letters of recommendation
  • Expertise in an area of relevance to the NAM

Nomination Packet

A complete nomination packet must be submitted electronically through the online nomination system at  and will include the following documents:

  • Nomination letter from a member of the NAM, the board of directors of AACP, or the board of regents of ACCP
  • Letters of recommendation and endorsement from:
    1. Department chair
    2. Academic dean
    3. Letter from other individual(s) familiar with the nominee’s work
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A brief one-page bio

Nomination packets must be submitted by 5:00pm ET on June 1. 


Fellowships will be awarded in even years.

  • March 1 | Call for nominations
  • June 1 | Nomination packets due
  • Mid-July | Awardee notified
  • October | Fellow Orientation Week at the NAM & Introduction to NAM membership at the NAM Annual Meeting

Program Administration

Nomination packets and inquiries about the NAM Fellowship in Pharmacy should be directed to:

Yasmeen Long, MA
Senior Program Officer
Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs
National Academy of Medicine
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 334-1506

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