Study Away

Students who have successfully completed all courses in the first two years and have maintained a high level of academic performance may study at another institution for a maximum of 36 credits if prior approval is obtained from the Third Year Committee. During the fall and winter of the second year, students interested in this option can obtain Study Away information, including a spreadsheet with the past few years of locations, mentors and project titles, on Canvas, the third year management system.

All students, even those studying away from Duke, must select a study program affiliation. You will find a complete Study Program listing here. Potential sponsors suggested by the Study Program Director and faculty at Duke should be contacted to identify projects that can be undertaken. If possible, it is beneficial to visit the Study Away location. The director of that study program provides guidance as to what resources and environment to look for in a Study Away site, and monitors the extramural experience. The application deadline is early March or early April for those waiting on scholarship notification.

Singapore - Duke NUS

Third Year students may choose to do a 10-month scholarly experience doing mentored clinical or basic science research in Singapore, a country on the cutting edge of biomedical and health services. Opportunities for outreach in neighboring Asian countries are also possible. This research will take up 80%+ of the Scholars’ time. Singapore Scholars are expected to provide mentoring to Duke-NUS students (6-8 hours per week). This may involve tutoring 1st or 2nd year students, serving on various curriculum committees (1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd), facilitating small group or one-on-one discussions about 1st and 2nd year students’ experiences with the curriculum, and/or sharing their experience of 3rd year research.

As a Singapore Scholar, you will receive SGD20,000 (roughly $14,380) tuition support, two Duke-Singapore coach round trips airline tickets during the year, living expenses of SGD3,200/month (roughly $2,300). In addition, temporary living expenses to assist the move to Singapore will be reimbursed up to SGD75 per day (roughly $54) for up to two weeks. These amounts are stated as Singapore dollars; see for conversion. Support will be for the 10 months of their research project.

Contact information for areas of research and mentors will be available at this site in the coming months. For additional information please contact Sulochana Naidoo. Applicants need to submit a study away application as well as an internal scholarship form. Interested students will be required to write a brief (1-2 page) essay on "How, if at all, will being in Singapore enhance my research?" 

The deadline to apply is February 1. Applicants will be notified in early March.