External Scholarships

Criteria for approving 3rd year Duke medical student scholarship research at institutions outside Duke University Medical Center - All standards required for students performing research in Duke University Medical Center laboratories/research environments should be met (including, but not limited to the following):

  • Students may only work with research mentors approved by the 3rd year curriculum committee (approval based on publication record, experience in mentoring, and demonstration of funding for project).
  • Procedures and criteria for conduct of research, grading, preparation of thesis, time lines for completion are identical to those at Duke University Medical Center.
  • Research project and mentor must be identified as part of an existing research study track.

In addition, all outside laboratories must also agree to the following:

  • A description of the research program and criteria expected of the student should be provided to both the Third Year Committee and the Scholarship Committee for formal approval prior to announcing the opportunity.
  • Description of the program and selection criteria should be distributed to all potential recipients by the Duke Student Research Scholarship Committee (so all students have an equal chance at opportunity) and selection criteria determined in advance.
  • The Duke third year research study track director will be the official liaison between the outside mentor and the third year committee, providing oversight responsibility (just as at Duke).
  • Outside mentors are limited to one student/mentor each year.
  • Outside institutions shall not place restrictions on publication of student’s research.
  • Outside institutions shall not require the student to sign a confidentiality agreement pertaining to any aspect of the student's research project. All other confidentiality agreements must be evaluated and approved by the duke office of technology transfer before being signed by the student; any such agreements must be processed and signed before the student begins their 3rd year research.
  • Students may not be employed by an outside institution; only scholarships previously approved by the Third Year Committee and Scholarship Committee are allowed.
  • Outside institutions must be willing to recognize Duke’s portion of ownership of any patent emerging from the student’s research.

American Society of Hematology – Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

The Society's Physician-Scientist Career Development Award is an opportunity for medical students to gain experience in hematology research and to learn more about the specialty by immersing themselves in a yearlong laboratory, translational, or clinical investigation under the mentorship of an ASH member. The total amount of the award is $42,000. The award is comprised of $32,000 to support the trainee, a $4,000 research allowance for supplies, $4,000 for insurance and educational expenses (including one course), and $2,000 for meeting attendance. The award is for a one-year period, generally July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Applications are due by January 15, 2018. Award notification is in March, 2018.  For more information go to http://www.hematology.org/Awards/Medical-Student/400.aspx 

Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowships in Global Health

Duke is one of six institutions to receive an international research grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. (The others are Harvard, UCSF, the University of Minnesota, UNC and Yale.)  The Doris Duke Fellowship at Duke will support clinical research at two sites: Moshi, Tanzania and Eldoret, Kenya. The 2018 application deadline is January 10. For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Clements at globalhealthduke.edu/doris-duke or go to the Doris Duke website at http://www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/medical-research/goals-and-strategies/encourage-and-develop-clinical-research-careers/clinical-research-mentorship/?id=1618

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Fellows Program

Hughes fellows may work in any laboratory of their choice (excluding the NIH) including those within their own medical school. Selection of a mentor is key to the application process. The application, which includes a research plan and a letter from the mentor, must be submitted by January 11, 2018. Students receive an annual salary of $32,000. In addition, students will receive a $5,500 allowance for research or education-related expenses that directly benefit the fellow, and a $5,500 fellow's allowance to defray health insurance and tuition costs. For additional information and application, please go to the website: http://www.hhmi.org/grants/individuals/medfellows.html.

Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS)

“Fellowships in Environmental Medicine” are available. Applications are due BEFORE January 31, 2018. To apply, review Principal Investigators and their research areas using the link to all NIH intramural programs – http://irp.nih.gov/our-research/our programs.  Choose a preceptor and contact that person regarding their project opportunities and their interest in accepting a third year medical student.  If they are willing, between the two a plausible research project must be created, with a reasonable chance of completion in 12 months.  Research should have an “environmental medicine” theme. For more information go to http://www.niehs.nih.gov/careers/research/med-students/index.cfm

National Institute of Health (NIH) Medical Scholars Program

This program offers research experiences with intramural investigators from across NIH in basic science laboratories, and in clinical and translational research conducted at the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to patient-oriented research. The deadline for complete applications is January 12, 2018. Student support will include a $36,000 stipend, and resources for education enrichment, such as travel to scientific meetings. For more information on the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program, please visit the NIH Clinical Center’s Office of Clinical Research Training and Medical Education website at www.cc.nih.gov/training/mrsp or contact mrsp@mail.nih.gov.

The Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

The Global Health Fellowship Program is a one-year clinical research training program for pre- and post-doctoral candidates, sponsored by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of the program is to support a one-year mentored research fellowship for clinical investigators studying diseases and conditions in developing countries. Several training sites are available through the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Consortium. *Apply through the Consortia Programs--deadline 11/1/2017.* For more information, please see http://www.vecd.org or contact Cecelia Pezdek  of the Hubert Yeargan Center for Global Health at Duke. 

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation

The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research laboratory. Applications are encouraged from all interested medical students, whether or not they have prior research experience. Applicants enrolled in an MD/PhD program are not eligible for a Sarnoff Fellowship. Fellowship awardees receive an annual stipend of $32,000, in addition to an allowance for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory, moving expenses, health insurance, computer and laboratory supplies, and travel to scientific meetings. Any questions contact Dr. Neil Freedman. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.sarnofffoundation.org. Application deadline is January 10, 2018.