Student fellowships and programs

USP is committed to investing in the next generation of scientists who are conducting cross-cutting research to advance science in new and exciting ways. USP offers a variety of student programs to help motivate, support, and shape future innovators to address public health challenges and advance cutting-edge science.


The USP Fellowship Program was developed to recognize graduate level students who are conducting research related to USP’s mission impact priorities. The program is designed to provide collaborative research opportunities to emerging leaders in science and innovation and help prepare students to take leadership positions in science.

Selection process

Fellowship opportunities are offered throughout the year, and each fellowship is expected to last 1-2 years to allow enough time for research, implementation, and development. Projects are determined by USP scientific leadership to ensure alignment with mission impact priorities, and USP staff have the flexibility to determine if they would like to recruit fixed-term postdoc Fellows to conduct research within USP, or collaborate with external academic institutions and their postdocs to conduct the research in their university setting.

General criteria for evaluating fellowship proposals are strategic relevance, scientific quality and research feasibility.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Alignment with USP’s mission and strategic goals
  • Innovative in concept or approach
  • Scientific rigor and testability of the hypothesis
  • Design of the deliverables to test the hypothesis and address research questions
  • Clarity of deliverables, goals and timeline
  • Realism and feasibility with respect to planned time, budget/resources, and intended results

Program experience

USP provides competitive first year seed funding to support the kickoff of fellowship projects. USP Fellows are matched with USP mentors who provide tools, guidance, and collaboration opportunities related to their research. USP mentors work closely with Fellows to monitor scientific progress, and Fellows are required to present a lecture to USP staff during or following the project.

Fellowship projects typically focus on the following topics:

  • Evolving approaches to standards
  • Performance of drug products and substances
  • Emerging modalities of medicines
  • New manufacturing and analytical technologies
  • Quality environment

There are no open calls for proposals at this time; however, if you’re interested in applying to be a USP Fellow, please email to learn more.

Meet the fellows

Julian Chesterman, Ph.D.

Excipient characterization

Dr. Chesterman examined Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) excipients to determine manufacturer-to-manufacturer and batch-to-batch variability, as well as evaluated advanced analytical techniques for excipient characterization. This research helped build a solid foundation for development of new quality standards and advanced technologies for PLGA excipients. Dr. Chesterman has a Ph.D. in Chemical/Biomedical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Mentors: Catherine Sheehan, Ph.D. (USP); Hong Wang, Ph.D. (USP); Peng Zhang, Ph.D. (USP)

Aline Martinez, MLS


Ms. Martinez is developing a USP taxonomy of over 2,300 subject terms and synonyms describing the pharmaceutical and compendial process. This taxonomy will be applied to a pilot expert-seeker tool that will facilitate the online search of experts at USP. Ms. Martinez has a Master’s in Library Science/Information Management from University of Maryland.

Mentors: Brandon Barrett, Pharm.D. (USP); Lindsey Clawson, MBA (USP)

Stephanie Archer-Hartmann, Ph.D.

Mass Spectrometry

Dr. Archer-Hartmann is developing characterization methods of monoclonal antibodies for mass spectrometry to be used as part of a protocol for new USP Reference Standards. Dr. Archer-Hartmann has a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from West Virginia University.

Mentors: Parastoo Azadi, Ph.D. (University of Georgia); Diane McCarthy, Ph.D. (USP)

Visiting Scientists Program

The USP Visiting Scientist Program is designed to advance the development of scientists committed to pharmacopeial work and foster international recognition and harmonization of USP standards. Scientists from the global regulatory/pharmacopeial community participate in the program to learn USP best practices in the development of public standards that help ensure the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines.

Selection process

Four 3-month long spots are offered per year through an open and competitive nomination process. USP scientific leadership, with input from regulatory affairs colleagues, selects projects for visiting scientists, conducts outreach, and solicits nominations. Participating Visiting Scientists are typically nominated by international drug regulatory bodies, pharmacopoeias, academic institutions, medicine control laboratories, and the private sector. Candidates are reviewed by USP staff against organizational objectives to determine the best qualified candidates.

Program experience

Visiting Scientists are sponsored by USP during their participation in the program. They are matched with USP mentors who provide tools, guidance, and collaboration opportunities related to their research.

Projects typically focus on topics such as monograph modernization, testing and validation procedures enhancement, or general chapters’ development.

For more information, please contact: Helen Kharab, Manager, International Engagement & Programs.