The Lilly Graduate Research Advanced Degrees (LGRAD) program is designed to create a pathway for Lilly employees to obtain an advanced degree in one of the existing graduate programs at IU School of Medicine.
Fostering a collaborative relationship between the university and a leading research company, the LGRAD program establishes the means for Eli Lilly & Co. employees to obtain a PhD in one of the existing graduate programs at IU School of Medicine while maintaining their employee status. This collaborative relationship results in tangible benefits for both research enterprises.
Students are expected to participate in the full spectrum of graduate activities, including qualifying exams and dissertation defense, which should not conflict with Lilly’s commercial interests. The dissertation should be publishable and hypothesis-driven yet not part of normal duties as a Lilly employee. The makeup of the dissertation committee following admission to candidacy is standard; however, one member of the committee will be a Lilly employee mentor.