Knight Scholar Program



The intent of the program is to develop scholarship, service, and leadership in motivated Pharm.D. candidates through a diversified block of advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE) in a health-system environment. The student will complete four advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE), including hospital practice, at one health system during cycles 1-5.


Upon completion of the program, the KNIGHT Scholar will have gained:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to function as an active member of the healthcare team.
  • A network of preceptors, practitioners, and P4 students who can support his/her student and professional career.
  • Innovative experiences that will prepare him/her for success in a postgraduate training program.


  • One (1) clinical or practice-based research project suitable for presentation, at ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting and Rutgers Pharmacy Research Day, to be completed by the end of the final APPE of the program block
  • One (1) service project to be completed in collaboration with the other site KNIGHT Scholars.
  • Maintain a portfolio containing all rotation activities, responsibilities, assignments, and interventions.
  • Adherence to all policies and procedures as outlined in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Clerkship Program and the each institution’s specific Policy & Procedure manual


  • Professional Development Days
    • One per cycle, Topics may include:
      • Research 101
      • Obtaining post-graduate training positions
      • Interviewing skills/etiquette
      • CV workshop


KNIGHT Scholars will be evaluated as per the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy Experiential Program guidelines.  A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of all KNIGHT Scholar APPEs and completion of all requirements. Successful completion of an APPE is considered a grade of B or above.


Currently there are 9 participating sites accommodating 21 students:


The deadline to submit application materials for the 2023-2024 academic year is Monday, October 24th.
Interviews for the 2023-2024 academic year will be held on Friday, November 4th.

Email the following documents to

  • Letter of Intent (Please include top 3 KNIGHT Scholar Sites ranked)
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Current Transcripts (unofficial)

After applications are received, interviews will be held at the School of Pharmacy. After ranking, students will be paired with participating sites through a match-like process.









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