Planning your Scholarly Experience

The Scholarly Experience year is quite different from years one and two. It will require advanced preparation and planning. All requirements and forms are completed via DocuSign as the program necessitates signatures from Mentor, Study Program Director and Advisory Dean.

Preparing for your Scholarly Experience

Review materials in your Learning Management System

  • 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.
  • Every student planning their third year should consult with a Duke Study Program Director for two reasons: the programs are competitive and the student may not receive their first choice. Study Program Directors can help you prepare for backup plans. The Duke Study Program Director is responsible for monitoring student's progress during the research training year. It is recommended students meet with their Study Program Director prior to getting their signature for registration. 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.

Adverse Events Reporting System


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.

  • Six weeks is allowed for dedicated Step study time and is included in the research year.
  • Any additional time will require formal approval by the mentor, study program director, third year office, advisory dean and will extend my research end date by time taken, and will require a formal study plan.

Review Available Scholarships

Dual Degree Program Applications

Most of these applications are due in November and December so check the deadlines specific to your program.