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Duke National Clinician Scholars Program

Photo of the inaugural cohort of Duke National Clinical Scholars Program participants


The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, healthcare systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the United States and around the world. The overarching goal of the Duke NCSP is to train inter-professional clinician scholars in data-driven inquiry, policy-impactful and rigorous investigation, sensitive community-based participatory research, and transformation of health care practice.

Four central pillars undergird the program:

  • Diverse and experienced program leadership;
  • A deep bench of dedicated and successful mentors;
  • A comprehensive didactic research and professional development training program; and
  • A broad range of mentored research and policy training opportunities, including direct engagement with community partners and community organizations.

The program lasts 2 years and occurs annually.

ELIGIBILITY. This program is for…

  • Fellows 

The program encourages applications from individuals who identify as belonging to any of the following groups:

  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or of Spanish origin
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • Native Alaskan or Native American

URM status is considered but is not a requirement for admission into the program.

For questions, contact ncsp@duke.edu


This program was established in 2019 and is housed within the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This program is supported by a commitment from Duke University.

For questions about funding and other forms of support for this program, contact: