DNGL Fellowship


DNGL fellows have completed at least two years of postdoctoral training and do not currently hold an independent faculty position. 

Fellows are actively working on research in an area that is broadly applicable to biomedical research.


A virtual mentoring curriculum will begin shortly after candidate notification and will continue for several months (roughly 1×1 hour meeting every 2 weeks).

From June 6-8th, 2023, fellows will visit Duke. During that time, they will present a research talk in a symposium, meet with Duke faculty, and receive mentoring on the academic job search process.



We are now accepting applications for the 2023 DNGL cohort. The application will be open from Friday, February 10-Friday, March 24, 2023. Please visit the link here to apply. 

Selected candidates will be notified no later than Friday, April 7, 2023. 


Candidates are selected on:

  1. excellence in scientific research
  2. the likelihood that they will contribute to enhancing efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion amongst the Duke faculty and more broadly in the biomedical research community
  3. research interest synergy with current faculty at Duke, who can act as a mentor to the fellow.

The fellow will network with a cohort of other fellows, will establish a mentored relationship with Duke faculty who may become future collaborators, will get to know the Duke environment, will gain visibility for future Duke faculty searches, and will gain valuable mentoring insight into the academic job market.

No. We select fellows from distinct areas of the broad area of STEM research, each with distinct departments/centers at Duke that they best align with. Also, the fellows are not competing for a job during the visit to Duke, but are there to showcase their research and have networking opportunities and career skills training.

No. This is intended to be an early exposure program and we understand that publication often happens at the latter stages of a postdoctoral fellowship. We encourage reference letter writers to indicate when an expected publication may occur. We also encourage the use of preprint manuscripts in support of an application.


Yes. Anyone with a minimum of two years of postdoctoral fellowship experience who are not yet independent investigators may apply.