Internal Scholarships

UPDATED 01/22/20

Duke-Singapore Student Scholar Fellowship (EARLY DUE DATE) February 2, 2020

Two Duke-Singapore Student Fellow Scholarships are available to Duke students. Duke-Singapore Student Scholars are expected to spend 10 months 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 also expected to provide mentoring to Duke-NUS (DNUS) students (6-8 hours per week). This may involve tutoring first or second year students, serving on various curriculum committees (1st, 2nd and/or 3rd year), facilitating small group or one-on-one discussions about first and second year students’ experiences with the curriculum, and sharing their experience of third year research. Duke-Singapore Student Scholars will receive:

SGD20,000 tuition support which will be paid directly to Duke University

Two round trip economy (coach) class airline tickets from Duke University/home city to Singapore (one for initial arrival in Singapore and one for home/holiday trip). The maximum amount will be set annually, based on prevailing lowest airfares at the time of the award. If the tickets are not purchased directly by Duke University or Duke-NUS Medical School, students will need to submit original receipts for reimbursement.

Monthly stipend of S$3,200 (subject to change) for the required period of the 3rd Year research, or up to 10 months, whichever is shorter.

Any mandatory NUS-related charges including but not limited to the following:

            Student Services Fee    S$ 52.27 per semester

            Health Services Fee      S$ 62.85 per semester

            Mandatory NUS-related charges are subject to revision. Please refer to "Miscellaneous Student

             Fees” for current information.

Temporary living expenses to assist the move to Singapore will be reimbursed up to SGD80 per day for up to two weeks. (These amounts are stated as Singapore dollars; see http://www.x-rates.com/ for conversion.) Support will be for the 10 months of their research project.

The scholarship will not be re-awarded to existing recipients of the scholarship, in the event that they extend their period of research beyond 10 months.

For additional information, please email Sulochana Naidoo, Ph.D. sulochana.naidoo@duke.edu. Applicants should also complete the Internal Scholarship Form (bottom of this page) and write a brief (1-2 page) essay on "How, if at all, will being in Singapore enhance my research?"

The deadline is February 1, 2020, and applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.”

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE DUE APRIL 1, 2020

New portal for submitting applications will be announced January 15, 2020. Please do not send applications to programs, but feel free to contact them with questions.

Duke Physician Scientist Institutional Award (BWF) Research Fellowship for Medical Students

The Duke Physician Scientist Institutional Award (BWF) Research Fellowship for Medical Students is designed to encourage rising third year medical students to undertake a basic/bench research project at Duke University, with preference given to those who plan to commit to doing a second third year.  There will be one $10,000 award given for the first year, and a $25,000 award for the second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance in the first year. MS2 applicants for the $10,000 award must apply submit by the application due date. In addition to this application, applicants must provide the name, position/title, and email address of three individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests. This program is made possible through a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF).

For more information contact: 

The Office for Physician Scientist Development (opsd@dm.duke.edu)

Rasheed Gbadegesin (rasheed.gbadegesin@duke.edu)

Poindexter Award

The Poindexter Scholars in Basic Sciences Program is designed to encourage rising third year medical students to participate in research projects under the guidance of basic science faculty members in the School of Medicine. This program is focused on basic science research, and priority will be given to those who identify laboratories in basic science departments, though applicants doing basic research in Clinical departments are also encouraged to apply. There will be one $10,000 award given for the first year, and a $25,000 award for the second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance in the first year. MS2 applicants for the award must complete the Duke Internal Scholarship Application form and submit by the application due date.  This program is made possible through the generosity of Dr. John Poindexter, an alumnus of the School of Medicine. For more information please visit Internal Scholarships Website or contact: The Office for Physician Scientist Development (opsd@dm.duke.edu)

Margolis Scholars in Medicine

The Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center will fund up to two (2) Scholars enrolled in the Duke School of Medicine each academic year, with selected students receiving a one-year award of $15,000. Eligible candidates will be rising 3rd year students interested in conducting their Year 3 Scholarly Research project on a topic at the intersection of health policy and clinical practice; Scholars will be mentored under the direction of a Duke-Margolis core faculty member. The selected Scholars will be part of a university-wide Margolis Scholars program involving graduate students interested in health policy and management from departments across Duke. The program is designed to prepare students with an interdisciplinary background and relevant practical and research experience to improve health and health care. For more information, or for a list of eligible mentors, please email Corinna Sorenson, PhD corinna.sorenson@duke.edu

Eugene A. Stead Student Research Scholarships

Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at DUMC from 1947-1967. The Stead Scholarships, funded by donations from grateful patients and former colleagues, are the oldest of the Duke intramural medical student research scholarships. The Stead Committee typically awards 3-5 scholarships annually with a focus on third-year students who are working with mentors with a primary appointment in the Department of Medicine, or with basic science mentors. There are also Stead/Global Health scholarships for students interested in Global Health, which are offered jointly with the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. The research stipend for the Stead Scholarship is typically $35,000. The application deadline is April 1. A brief proposal for your research topic is followed by interviews by invitation. For further information, you can contact Chris Woods, M.D. chris.woods@duke.edu, at (919) 668-7174

Dr. Bernard J. Carroll Research Scholarship in Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a research scholarship for one (1) MS3 student who is conducting research under the direction of a full-time faculty member whose primary appointment is within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Scholars will be awarded a $15,000 scholarship for a 10-month research experience. Students will be encouraged to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. For more information, please email Third Year Behavioral Neuroscience Program Director Christine Marx, M.D. christine.marx@duke.edu and copy Dr. Shelley Holmer, M.D. shelley.holmer@duke.edu

The Duke CTSA Scholarship

This is a two-year scholarship funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). CTSA scholars will complete two years of mentored clinical research and complete a Master’s program.  Programs available to TL1 scholars include the following:

Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (through the Duke Clinical Research Training Program)
Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (Duke MIDS)
Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (MEng)

The Duke CTSA TL1 scholarship provides full tuition for scholars to complete a Master’s program, a stipend for each full year of study, and additional funds that may be applied towards insurance costs, research expenses, and travel expenses to scientific meetings. CTSA scholars will graduate from Duke Medical School a year late. Applicants must complete the Internal Duke Scholarship Application form and submit by the application due date.

In addition to this application, applicants must provide the following additional items:

Name, position/title, and email address of three (3) individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests.
A brief description clarifying the applicant’s role on the study. 
A paragraph indicating to which Master’s program the applicant would apply and why. Applicants may also provide up to two (2) additional pages of information to the proposed research program question in the application. Applicant interviews will be conducted in April.  For further information contact stephanie.molner@duke.edu or https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/TL1

The Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Scholarship

This is a scholarship funded by a Pfizer Foundation grant.  CTSI scholars will complete one (1) year of mentored clinical research and the core Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) coursework curriculum. Upon successful completion of all requirements, CTSI scholars will receive the "Academic Core in Clinical Research" certificate. The scholarship provides CRTP tuition.

Applicants must complete the Internal Duke Scholarship Application form and submit by the application due date.

In addition to this application, applicants must provide the following additional items:

Name, position/title, and email address of three (3) individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests.
A brief description clarifying the applicant’s role on the study. 

Applicants may also provide up to two (2) additional pages of information to the proposed research program question in the application.

For further information, please contact stephanie.molner@duke.edu or go to https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/translational-training-workforce-development/c....

Gynecologic Cancer Research Fellowship

The Gynecologic Cancer Research Fellowship is offered to third-year Duke University Medical Students annually. This award is intended to support students who choose to spend their third year involved in some aspect of gynecologic cancer research under the supervision of a Duke Gynecologic Cancer Program faculty member. This includes research in ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer.  The Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $10,000. This includes $5,000 directly to the student, $2,500 for research expenses and $2,500 for travel to meetings to present their research. If you have questions, please email Dr. Andrew Berchuck, M.D., Director, Duke University Gynecologic Oncology Program.  The application deadline is April 1.

The Donald B. Hackel Fellowship in Cardiovascular Pathology

This fellowship provides for research in vascular biology under the direction of a full time faculty member whose primary appointment is in the Department of Pathology. This ten month fellowship includes a financial stipend. For further information please contact Shannon J McCall, M.D. shannon.mccall@duke.edu

R. Randall Bollinger Surgical Scholarship

The Department of Surgery offers research scholarships for MS3 students conducting research within the department and are mentored by Department of Surgery faculty. Research should be focused on general/thoracic surgery. Applicants are reviewed competitively. Funding is variable but has ranged $3,000 - $10,000 per year in the recent past. Ideally, students will be expected to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals and to present their research at regional or national scientific meetings. For more information, please email Peggy Moore, peggy.r.moore@duke.edu

Duke Global Health Institute

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 Third Year Study Program Coordinator or Third Year Global Health.

The following scholarship has a LATER DUE DATE: April 15, 2020

Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) Clinical Research and Innovation Scholarship

The DIHI is a platform and resource for Duke University/Duke Health faculty, staff and students to advance transformative innovations in health and healthcare delivery. The DIHI clinical research and innovation scholarship will support a student to join an innovation pilot project team for the duration of third year.  The student will be expected to pose an original research question that pertains to the project, and must attend and lead team meetings. Awards are up to $25,000 but vary year to year. For detailed information, please contact Suresh Balu suresh.balu@duke.edu or Mark Sendak mark.sendak@duke.edu. Application deadline is April 15