Pipeline Programs

OPSD PRIME Pipeline Programs

Preparing Research scholars In bioMEdical sciences

The mission of OPSD PRIME initiatives is to enhance innovation in biomedical science and promote health equity by developing a diverse cohort of successful biomedical research scientists. Initially, OPSD PRIME will target the post-baccalaureate and medical student career stages, building on the successes of other Duke diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, incorporating evidence-based approaches to enhance interest and opportunity in research careers among students interested in science and medicine.

Immediate opportunities are available for:

  • Current medical students to work in research labs in Hematology, Ophthalmology, and Radiation Oncology
  • Recent bachelor’s degree graduates to participate in a year-long post-baccalaureate program, supported by a grant from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

All OPSD PRIME Scholars will enjoy networking opportunities and a professional development series, OPSD PRIME Summer Academy, which provides a well-rounded review of the research enterprise and myriad opportunities in biomedical research.

Contact Gow Arepally, MD, PRIME Faculty Director: gowthami.arepally@duke.edu or Michelle Cooley, Senior Program Coordinator: michelle.cooley@duke.edu for more information.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Post-Baccalaureate Opportunity

Duke’s Office of Physician Scientist Development (OPSD) is currently recruiting one post-baccalaureate research scholar interested in pursuing doctoral training and a career as a laboratory-based scientist or physician-scientist.

Through funding from The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, OPSD is seeking to support one scholar preparing for successful entry into a rigorous doctoral research degree program. The one-year position will be available to begin in summer 2021.

Duke post-baccalaureate scholars will gain quantitative skills, participate in professional and career development activities, and develop a network of peers and near-peers participating in similar programs across the institution, while gaining valuable experience in a research setting and insights into graduate and medical school settings.

Students will train in an environment with state-of-the art facilities and receive structured training in research methodology and career development.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in previous academic endeavors, commit to full-time (40 hours/week) research for a minimum of 8 weeks (12 weeks maximum) and be a United States citizen or permanent resident. Prior research experience is not required for candidates committed to exploring opportunities for in-depth exposure to research-related training career options.

Candidates from underrepresented backgrounds (underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disabilities) are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please complete the following online application: BWF Post-Baccalaureate Opportunity (PRIME), which includes a request for applicant’s Curriculum Vitae and two reference letters.


  • Application open: April 14, 2021
  • Application closed: May 28, 2021
  • Application Reviews: May 28 - June 1, 2021
  • Selection Notification: June 1, 2021

Program dates: Flexible dates for one-year appointment, starting as early as June 14, 2021