Education and Training Opportunities

Duke offers educational and training opportunities for all levels of students. Explore opportunities for undergraduate students, grauduate students and postdoctoral fellows, fellowships, and view potential internship opportunities. 

Undergraduate Opportunities

Summer Scholars Program in Genome Sciences and Medicine for Underrepresented Minority Underclassmen

The Summer Scholars Program provides opportunities for students to learn first-hand what it is like to conduct biomedical research. They gain fundamental laboratory skills, enhance critical thinking and reading skills, conduct literature reviews, and learn to present research findings. The experiences they gain, such as how to design a research project, how to carry out necessary experiments to achieve project goals and test hypotheses, what appropriate lab etiquette entails, and how to effectively present work to peers, will be applicable to any biomedical research setting. 


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Bass connections: Enabling Precision Health and Medicine (WearDuke)

The 2020-2021 Enabling Precision Health & Medicine Bass Connections Team is analyzing data from the 2019-2020 pilot WearDuke study, assisting with recruitment efforts for the 2020-2021 year, and completing a review of the use of mHealth technologies in children and young adults for wellness.


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Bass Connections: Equity and Efficiency of using wearables Data for COVID-19

CAGPM has partnered with the Big Ideas Lab and Bass Connections to form the Equity and Efficiency of Using Wearables Data for COVID-19 Monitoring Bass Connections team. CovIdentify’s overarching objective is to implement existing digital biomarkers and establish new digital biomarkers to develop, validate and translate CovIdentify as a continuous screening tool. This project team is helping to improve and expand the CovIdentify study by designing a new database system suitable for large-scale data analysis and recruiting members from underserved populations to participate in the study. 

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Bass Connections: Smart Toilet: A disruptive technology to improve health and wellness

The Duke “Smart Toilet,” will enable the hands-free collection and packaging of human excreta to test and monitor wellness and disease. The Smart Toilet is a novel platform with the potential to transform healthcare as it will generate individualized biological data that can be used for early disease detection, surveillance for infectious disease and continuous personalized health and wellness monitoring through apps and digital health wearable devices.


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The Snyderman Scholars in Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine Program

This program provides Duke undergraduate students an opportunity to participate in a faculty-mentored research project in applied genomics and precision medicine. 


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GCB Independent Study


GCB faculty regularly host undergraduate researchers for independent study projects. Explore the GCB faculty pages to learn more about areas of interest and contact faculty members directly.


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Graduate Opportunities

Biomedical Graduate Education

The School of Medicine's Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE) offers 17 different graduate programs. The OBGE website lists all of the programs and descriptions of each. Applications to all biomedical Ph.D. programs (except the Medical Scientist Training Program) are submitted through the Graduate School at Duke.

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Biomedical Engineering

The Pratt School of Engineering's Biomedical Engineering department offers a Ph.D. track and Master's degree tracks. The BME program is ranked among the best biomedical engineering programs in the world.

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Postdoctoral Opportunities 

T32 Postdoctoral Training in Genomic Medicine Research

The Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine offers a two-year post-doctoral training program in genomic medicine. This unique program provides training in a fast-growing field marked by the advent of new technologies, increased use of clinical genomic medicine, and large-scale federally- and privately-funded research efforts.

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Genetic Counselor Training Program in Genomic Medicine Research

This program is intended to provide genetic counselors an opportunity to work with mentors one-on-one or more projects to gain research-specific expertise and knowledge. Mentors are available in a range of medical specialties.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions in DMPI

Postdoctoral positions are available at the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute on an as needed basis. Position descriptions vary based on faculty research and needs.

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Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program

The objective of the program is to foster the development of physicians who are both excellent clinicians and investigators in the arena of medical genetics and genomics. The Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency program is open to MD applicants who have completed a minimum of one year of residency in an ACGME-accredited program (usually pediatrics or internal medicine, although other disciplines may also be acceptable).

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Medical Genetics

The Medical Genetics and Genomics residency program includes specialties in medical biochemical genetics, clinical biochemical genetics, and laboratory genetics and genomics. The goal of the Medical Biochemical Genetics program is to provide specialized training in the field of inborn errors of metabolism, for MDs who have completed a residency in medical genetics and genomics. The goal of the Clinical Biochemical Genetics and Laboratory Genetics and Genomics programs is to train MDs, or scientists with a PhD in genetics or a related field, to become clinical laboratory directors.

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CTSA TL1 Post-Doctoral Training Program

The Duke CTSA TL1 postdoctoral program is a 2-year training program aiming to provide 2 years of funded time to support the research training of outstanding junior scientists. We welcome applications from all eligible potential postdoctoral fellows in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, but we have particular interest in applicants who are interested in broadening their previous training to include a new category of research methodology (e.g., bench science trainees looking to gain training in translational or clinical research, or vice versa). We also have particular interest in applicants looking to obtain training in data science methodology. The Duke CTSA TL1 will typically be for two years, will provide tailored professional development support, an NIH-scale postdoctoral stipend, as well as federally-designated training-related expenses.

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Fellowships

Data Science Fellowship Program

The Duke AI Health Data Science Fellowship Program is a 2-year training program in data science with direct application for healthcare. Designed for early-career data scientists with strong backgrounds in quantitative discipline, the program is part of a multidisciplinary, campus-spanning initiative that applies machine learning and quantitative sciences to rich sources of healthcare and administrative data, using the insights gained to improve healthcare delivery, quality of care, and the health of individuals and communities.

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CTSA TL1 Physician Research Fellowship

The Duke CTSA TL1 physician fellowship is a 2-year training program aiming to provide 2 years of funded time to support the research training of physician-scientists. All eligible physician trainees may apply, but we have particular interest in applicants who are interested in broadening their previous training to include a new category of research methodology (e.g., applicants with a bench science background looking to gain training in translational or clinical research, or vice versa). We also have particular interest in applicants looking to obtain training in data science methodology. The Duke CTSA TL1 will typically be for two years, will provide tailored professional development support, an NIH-scale postgraduate stipend, as well as federally-designated training-related expenses.

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Internships

Duke Quantitative Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS

Duke Quantitative Summer Internships in HIV/AIDS are paid internships during Summer 2021 to conduct research in HIV/AIDS for graduate students in quantitative disciplines. Areas of research may include data analysis, visualization, machine learning, computer simulation, mathematical modeling, or device engineering. Interns are jointly mentored by an HIV research scientist and a quantitative faculty member (who could be your current research advisor if appropriate). Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience in a collaborative setting, increased knowledge in HIV/AIDS research, and will strengthen oral and written communication skills. Interns will also have the opportunity to present their work at national and international HIV/AIDS conferences.

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