Pharmacy Academic and Leadership Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) Pharmacy Academic and Leadership (PAL) Fellowship program is a two-year fellowship designed to mentor postgraduates for a career in academic pharmacy. 

The fellowship aims to recruit and train aspiring academicians to further broaden and diversify pharmacy faculty across the academy. We especially encourage applications from those who identify with historically underrepresented groups.

The PAL Fellowship is designed for both entry-level pharmacists without postgraduate training and for pharmacists who have completed postgraduate training and/or who have experience in pharmacy practice. 

Direct Path to UB SPPS Clinical Faculty Position

Following successful completion of the program, fellows will have the opportunity to apply for direct transition to a clinical faculty position at the UB SPPS. 

Program Objectives

  1. Develop teaching skills through immersion in didactic, experiential, and interprofessional education, and curricular development.
  2. Develop research/scholarship skills through active engagement in research, grantsmanship, and presentation/publication of scholarly works.
  3. Develop leadership skills thorough formal training and engagement in school/departmental committees and professional organizations.
  4. Advance clinical practice skills through completion of clinical pharmacy experiences in area(s) of interest.

Core Domains

The Fellowship is composed of four core domains. The relative time spent in each domain will be tailored to the goals and experiences of each Fellow.

Each Fellow will be assigned a mentoring team. To achieve competence in each domain, the Fellow will engage in:

Allocation of Effort Based on Experience
Entry-Level Pharmacist approximate effort distribution :

  1.  Teaching: 10% year 1 and 40% year 2
  2.  Research/Scholarship: 20%
  3.  Service/Leadership: 5-10%
  4.  Clinical Practice: 60-65% year 1 and 30-35% year 2

Postgraduate Training/Pharmacy Experience approximate effort distribution:

  1.  Teaching: 40%
  2.  Research/Scholarship: 20%
  3.  Service/Leadership: 5-10%
  4.  Clinical Practice: 30-35%

Clinical Practice Rotations

Entry-level pharmacists will complete five 6-week or longitudinal rotations in year 1 and three 6-week or longitudinal rotations in year 2.

Pharmacists with postgraduate training and/or 3-5 years of direct patient care or relevant pharmacy experience will complete three 6-week or longitudinal rotations annually.

Rotations can entail a variety of experiences or have an emphasis in a single practice area. Rotations include:

  • Ambulatory care
  • Ambulatory care, longitudinal
  • Cardiology
  • Community pharmacy
  • Critical care
  • Drug information
  • Emergency medicine
  • Geriatrics/palliative care
  • Infectious diseases
  • Internal/General Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Transitions of care

Additional Information


  • Required: Graduation from an ACPE-accredited college/school of pharmacy: The fellow must have been awarded a PharmD within the past five years from the appointment. Candidates with a PharmD degree must be licensed, or eligible for licensure in NY State.
  • Preferred: Completion of a postgraduate-year-1 ASHP-accredited postgraduate pharmacy residency or a pharmacy-related postgraduate fellowship; Completion of a postgraduate-year-2 ASHP-accredited postgraduate pharmacy residency.

Program Duration
24 months (approximately July 1 – June 30)            

Number of Positions
Four (4)

Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary; benefits package that includes health insurance, vacation/sick leave, and paid holidays; travel stipend to attend professional meetings; access to an online library; and tuition reimbursement for enrollment in the Master’s in Education program offered through the UB Medical Education and Educational Research Institute, if applicable. 

Application Process

All applicants must submit the following materials by January 5, 2024:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • Transcript
  • References: Names and contact information for three references

Program Director

William Prescott.

William Allan Prescott, Jr., PharmD

Chair and Clinical Professor

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Pharmacy Practice

Phone: 716-645-4780