In 2008, Victor Dzau, then Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of Duke University Health System, in collaboration with the School of Medicine Science Council, funded a new fellowship program, the Chancellor’s Scholars Program, to assist in the recruiting of the best students into biomedical graduate programs in the School of Medicine. The fellowship is targeted toward international students, which represent a deep and talented pool that is relatively untapped, because of funding restrictions on NIH training grants. Since its inception, the program has supported 42 international students. Currently, about 30% of PhD students within the medical school are international and of these, 25% will have been recruited to Duke on Chancellor’s Scholars fellowships. Awardees come from China (23), Taiwan (4), Korea (4), India (4), Singapore (4), Bangladesh (1), Canada (1), Colombia (1), Ghana (1), Philippines (1), Netherlands (2), and Turkey (1). International students are supported for their first two years of graduate school, with a stipend, tuition remission, fees and health insurance. They also receive a one-time supplement of $5000 at the start of their first year. Each year applicants are nominated by their programs and vetted by a faculty committee.
A one-time supplement of $5000 is also given to top domestic students to supplement their institutional stipend from the Graduate School or from NIH training grants. About 15 domestic students are supported each year and are nominated by their programs.
In 2015, Eugene Washington, MD, MPH, MSc, was recruited to Duke as the Chancellor for Health Affairs and the President and CEO of Duke Health. Chancellor Washington has embraced the Chancellor’s Scholars program and with his support, the Chancellors’ Scholar program continues to grow. In the spirit of Chancellor Washington’s commitment to research excellence, an additional component has been added to the program. Beginning in 2018, awardees who have developed highly noteworthy research programs during their time at Duke will be further recognized by the Chancellor’s Scholar Awards for Research Excellence. This additional award will be an integral part of the Chancellor’s Scholar program going forward.
2016-2017 Domestic Chancellor’s Scholars
From left to right, row 1: Evalyn Breikss (Biostatistics & Bioinformatics); Ben Brewer (Biostatistics & Bioinformatics); Suzanne DeWitt (Pathology); James Jensen Jr. (Medical Physics)
From left to right, row 2: Omar Lopez (Molecular Cancer Biology); Abdull Massri (Developmental & Stem Cell Biology); Morgan Parker (Immunology); Leith Rankine (Medical Physics)
From left to right, row 3: Justin Raudabaugh (Medical Physics); Teilo Schaller (Pathology); Steven Shen (Pathology); Billy Tomaszewski (Immunology)
2016-2017 International Chancellor’s Scholars
From left to right: Aili Hao, China (Biochemistry); Dongye Lu, China (Neurobiology);
Yixin Ma, China (Medical Physics); Yulei Tao, China (Pathology)
2017-2018 Domestic Chancellor's Scholars
From left to right: Rylee Hackley (University Program in Genetics & Genomics); Mary Patrice Hamilton (Immunology); Abigail Hsiung (Cognitive Neuroscience); Benjamin Mayro (Molecular Cancer Biology)
2017-2018 International Chancellor's Scholars
From left to right, row 1: Ishak Irwan, Singapore (Cell & Molecular Biology); Alexandra Miggelbrink, Netherlands (Immunology)
From left to right, row 2: Chin Yee Tan, Singapore (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology); Wenxin Tong, China (Pharmacology & Cancer Biology); Tianhui Zhou, China (Biostatistics)
Revised 31 October 2017