Planning your Scholarly Experience

Your Scholarly Experience year is quite different from years one and two. It will require advanced preparation and planning. Many requirements necessitates signatures from Mentor, Study Program Director and Advisory Dean before submission so plan appropriately. Additionally, please note the curriculum may change slightly over time, so please check with your Advisory Deans for latest updates.


Review "Before Third Year" course information on Canvas

  • Determine whether you will be a 10, 11, or 12 month student.  Most scholarships have defined terms, so check dates against your application.
  • Investigate preferred type of project: lab-based, patient-oriented, epidemiology or medical humanities.
  • Determine an area of general interest and contact mentors in the field.  You can find all the Duke-approved mentors HERE.
  • You must select a Study Program with which to be affiliated, whether at Duke or away.
  • Contact the Study Program Director of your chosen Study Program. They are really great about helping you through the process. They may also know mentors in their programs who conduct the same type of research in which you are interested, or they may know others in Study Away locations where Duke has collaborated in the past.

Step 1 Study Time

We would like to protect study time to maximize Board scores, which have become increasingly important in residency applications. That being noted, study time is not guaranteed; most mentors, however, are amenable to allow time to study.

  • If you want to take a four-week study period we encourage you to take advantage of the dedicated time provided before beginning your research year. If you opt not to take this four-week study time, you may take the four weeks at any time within the dedicated research period (this decision is up to the mentor's discretion, meaning that the mentor and student agree that this studying does not disrupt the research experience). It must also be approved by the Study Program Director and Advisory Dean. This option is not guaranteed and must be discussed with the mentor ahead of time. If you feel that more than four weeks of study is necessary during the dedicated research experience, then the extension of study time must be independently approved by your mentor, Study Program Director and Advisory Dean, and WILL EXTEND the end date of the scholarly experience correspondingly.

Review available scholarships:

  • Complete external scholarship applications. Some of these applications are due as early as November, so please check with your Advisory Dean for specific information.
  • Complete internal scholarships applications. Most are due April 1st but there are a few exceptions. Please check with the Student Affairs office for additional information.

Complete Dual Degree Program Applications:

Most of these applications are due in November and December so check the deadlines specific to your program.
Once all of your information is in place, you will be given instructions on where to upload. Otherwise you can send it to Sherry Burton or Heather Lloyd in the Office of Curricular Affairs, Seeley Mudd Building. The form will be reviewed for accuracy and an approval number will be assigned to complete the registration process on-line, just as you have done for previous semesters. For questions, contact the Third Year Office.  

Registration Form available on Canvas