Third Year Internal Scholarships

The following is a list of internal scholarships available to Duke Third Year Medical Students.  For general questions, please contact Heather Lloyd with the Third Year Office.  For scholarship specific questions, please contact the assigned coordinator.

Application Process and Requirements

Application Process

Applications for the Internal Third Year Scholarships are processed through MyResearchProposal online application software.

  • To apply visit, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account).
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review the guide here.
  • Enter Access Code “MEDSTUDENT” and follow the instructions.

Applicants will enter general project information via the web-based form or via pdf upload as indicated.

General Application Requirements

The following are general requirements for all applications.  Please note, some applications may require additional information:

Applicant's Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Personal Statement (Half page limit)

Explain your goals and objectives for your career development, to include:

  • How this research project fits into your plans
  • How you identified your mentor
Student Proposal (2 Page limit unless otherwise noted)

Describe your proposed research, including:

  • Project title
  • Background
  • Hypotheses
  • Proposed methods
Mentor Information
  • Mentor's NIH Biosketch
  • Mentor's Letter of Support


Basic Science Research Track Scholarship for MHS Degree

Please see application requirements below.  Applications should be emailed directly to Cyndi Duke

The Duke Office of Physician-Scientist Development (OPSD) and the Duke Burroughs Wellcome Fund Physician-Scientist Institutional Award (BWF-PSIA) are pleased to announce a request for applications for funding to offset tuition for enrollment in the Basic Science Research Track (BSRT) for the Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) in Clinical Research Program.

These need-based scholarships provide up to $30,000 (up to $15,000 per year for 2 years) to cover program tuition.  This RFA is open to physician-scientists preparing to enroll in the BSRT program, including medical students intending to pursue a second 3rd year experience; fellows working in basic science laboratories; early career-stage faculty and potential K award applicants.

Proposals should include:

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Research Summary (1- 2 pages)
  • Statement of need including a description of the impact the BSRT degree program is expected to have on the applicant’s ability to move their research forward
  • An overview of the applicant’s research and career plans
  • Letter of support from Mentor (for students and trainees) or Division Chief/Department Chair (for faculty) (1 page)

Donald B. Hackel Fellowship in Cardiovascular Pathology

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

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 additional information, please contact Shannon J McCall, M.D.

Dr. Bernard J. Carroll Research Scholarship in Psychiatry

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

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 contact Third Year Behavioral Neuroscience Program Director Christine Marx, M.D. and copy Shelley Holmer, M.D.

Duke CTSA Scholarship

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

Additional Application Requirements:

  • 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.

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.  For additional information, please contact Stephanie Molner or visit

Duke Global Health Institute

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Site Based Mentor Letter of Support (if applicant's site-based mentor is different from their Duke Mentor
  • Detailed Budget (Click here for form)

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 additional information, please contact Lysa MacKeen

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

Application Deadline:  April 15, 2021(NOTE DUE DATE)

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 additional information, please contact Suresh Balu or Mark Sendak

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

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

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.  $10,000 will be awarded as a scholarship for students in their first third year.  $25,000 will be awarded as a scholarship for medical students in their second third year.  This program is made possible through a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF). For additional information, please contact Cyndi Duke

Duke-Singapore Student Scholar Fellowship

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2021 (NOTE DUE DATE)

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Write a brief (1-2 page) essay on "How, if at all, will being in Singapore enhance my research?"

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 SGD3,200 (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$ 63.11 per semester

            Health Services Fee      S$ 68.35 per semester

            Mandatory NUS-related charges are subject to revision. Please check here 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 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 contact Sulochana Naidoo, Ph.D.

The award is subject to prevailing travel advisories in view of COVID-19

Eugene A. Stead Student Research Scholarships

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

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. This endowment was established in 1988 to support a student in basic cardiovascular research. 

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.  The research stipend for the Stead Scholarship is typically $35,000. A brief proposal for your research topic is followed by interviews by invitation. For additional information, please contact Rhonda Bartley


Eva J. Salber Award

Applications must be directly emailed to Nikeya Goodson

Application Deadline:  Please contact Nikeya Goodson

The Eva J. Salber Award is awarded to a third-year medical student(s) to investigate and improve the health of a defined, disadvantaged population group. The award is named for Eva J. Salber, MD, an early pioneer in Duke's efforts to partner with Durham County on community health projects. It provides financial support of $5,000 for students working to address an unmet need in the community. Up to 50% of the awards may be used to defray tuition expenses and expenses incurred while carrying out the project.

Gynecologic Cancer Research Fellowship

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

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. For additional information, please contact Andrew Berchuck, M.D..     

Margolis Scholars in Medicine

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

Additional Application Requirements:

  • Margolis Scholars Interest Statement (300 words or less)
    • What interests you about the Margolis Scholars program, and how would the program benefit you during your Duke program of study and with regards to your immediate and long-term career goals?
  • Health Policy Training Ideas (200 words or less)
    • As a Scholar, you will have access to funds to support additional training in health policy to complement your degree program. What kind of activities would you want to pursue (in research or professional development, for example), and how might you use these funds? (If accepted, it's OK to change your mind; you will not be held to the initial idea(s) you include here).
  •  Health Policy Event Idea (200 words or less)
    • If you were in charge of organizing a Margolis Center symposium or community service event related to a current health policy topic that interests you, what topic would you choose, why would you choose it, and how might you thoughtfully design a one-day event?
  •  Personal Uniqueness Statement (150 words or less)
    • The Margolis Scholars are a vibrant and interdisciplinary community. What will you bring to this group? In contrast to questions that ask you to describe your skills, accomplishments, and future goals, we are asking you here to discuss your personal uniqueness.
  •  OPTIONAL - Barriers Discussion (150 words or less)
    • We believe that students of diverse backgrounds will positively contribute to the intellectual, social, and cultural enrichment of the Margolis Center. This section is optional, but it provides you with the opportunity to discuss how you may have navigated any economic, social, cultural, educational, or other barriers, and what you have learned from those experiences.
  •  OPTIONAL - Anything Else (150 words or less)
    • We recognize your responses to the questions we have asked on this application may not capture everything important about you as it relates to your suitability for the Margolis Scholars program. This section is optional, but you may use it to tell us anything else you would like us to know about you.

The Duke-Margolis Health Policy Center offers a one-year scholarship to MS3 medical students that demonstrate a strong interest and leadership potential in health policy and a commitment to conducting their Scholarly Research Project on a topic at the intersection of health policy and clinical practice. Selected students will become Margolis Scholars in Medicine and part of the university-wide, interdisciplinary Margolis Scholars program. Margolis Scholars is a prestigious program designed to prepare promising students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to improve health and the value of health care and become the next generation of health care leaders in practice and research. The program was named in honor of Robert Margolis, M.D., the founder of Duke-Margolis, a pioneer of innovative integrated care delivery models, and a Duke SOM alum.

As part of the program, Margolis Scholars in Medicine will be mentored under the direction of a Duke-Margolis-affiliated faculty member (for their 3rd year project) and engage in Margolis Scholars program activities, such as health policy coursework, Scholars Skills Labs, Margolis seminars, peer mentorship network, and journal club. Scholars will also become part of the broader Duke-Margolis Center community of faculty, research staff, and external experts working on the cutting edge of health policy and health care transformation.   

Margolis Scholars in Medicine will receive a financial award of $12,500 and will also be eligible for a fund of up to $6,000 to support professional development activities related to health policy and/or research support (e.g., access to data sets, participant incentives).

For more information, or for a list of eligible mentors, please contact Corinna Sorenson, PhD and visit the Margolis Scholars webpage.


Michael R. Nathan Memorial Fund Award

Applications must be directly emailed to Nikeya Goodson

Application Deadline:  Please contact Nikeya Goodson

Funding is $5,000 and awarded to a deserving third-year medical student who undertakes a project in community health, occupational health, or international health. A portion of the award (up to 50 percent) can be used to offset tuition expenses and the rest will be used for travel and project expenses. The award is made annually on a competitive basis. Projects carried on under the award will be supervised by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Poindexter Award

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

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. $10,000 will be awarded as a scholarship for students in their first third year.  $25,000 will be awarded as a scholarship for medical students in their second third year.  This program is made possible through the generosity of Dr. John Poindexter, an alumnus of the School of Medicine.  For more information, contact Cyndi Duke

R. Randall Bollinger Surgical Scholarship

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021

This scholarship fund was established to honor the legacy of Dr. Ralph Randal Bollinger, a surgical leader whose love of science and surgery has made a significant contribution to medical research and teaching at Duke University.

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 additional information, please contact Ben Thomas