MRC Scholarship Opportunities

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National Awards

Scholarships for Third Year Research in Basic Science Departments

Scholarships are available for students conducting their third year research in a laboratory associated with a Duke University School of Medicine Basic Science Department (defined as the Departments of Neurobiology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, and Immunology). Depending on the funding source, these scholarships may be restricted to laboratories of primary faculty in the department or open to laboratories of both primary and secondary faculty. Currently it is expected that MD-PhD candidates and students receiving significant external scholarship funding, such as HHMI fellowships, will not be eligible for these small scholarships.

Basic Science Department Scholarships questions should be directed to Joanna Downer, at 919-681-8272 or

Duke Global Health Institute Scholarships

The Third-Year Global Health Study Program takes advantage of the Duke School of Medicine's unique curriculum to allow medical students to take their entire third year for research activities. Additional internal scholarships are available; however, they require a different application.  For more information, contact the Global Health Student Projects Coordinator, Brian Seavey, at

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award Scholarship

The Duke CTSA Scholarship program offers clinical and translational research experience and training for Pre-Doctoral Students in Medicine. The scholarship is for those students who desire an intensive 2 year clinical research experience.  CTSA Scholars will graduate from Duke University with a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHSc) upon successful completion of all Duke CRTP degree requirements.  The Duke CTSA Scholarship is a two year scholarship, so scholars will graduate from medical school a year late. Scholars receive an annual stipend of approximately $22,000, and the scholarship also pays for the CRTP Masters’ tuition in full.  There are also funds for travel to scientific conferences.  Scholars choose an approved third-year mentor at Duke and work with that mentor for two years on one or more publication-quality projects.  Scholars also participate in a Professional Development Curriculum that offers the opportunity to present their work as well as learn about topics necessary for career development such as writing, networking, etc. 

Applications are through the Duke internal scholarship process for third year and are due April 1.  Successful applicants will be notified on or about May 1. Federal grant guidelines require that scholars be citizens or permanent residents of the USA.  It is a goal of the scholarship to provide underrepresented minorities the opportunity for career development in clinical research. 

For further information contact Dr. David Edelman (, Dr. Kevin Thomas ( or Ann Paschall (