2019 Duke University 167th Commencement, Sunday May 12th, 9am at Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium

Eligibility Criteria

Have a record of superior academic achievement (e.g., grade point average, honors, or other designation), have received a bachelors degree by June 2024 AND meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Come from a background that is underrepresented in graduate study in your discipline
  • Have demonstrated a sustained commitment to diversity through work experience, volunteer engagement, or leadership of student or community organizations. A commitment to diversity may include efforts to reduce health, social, educational or economic disparities by race, ethnicity or gender
  • Have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances
  • Be a first-generation U.S. citizen or first generation in your family to graduate from a four-year college



To apply, please complete the questions here (DIRECTFellowship) and upload the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Most recent official or unofficial college transcript
  • Diversity statement – this one-page document should provide a description of how your past efforts and current interests will contribute to a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at Duke
  • Letter of interest – this one-page document should describe your interest in cancer research and how further training and mentoring can help you achieve your career goals in this area
  • Name and email address of one reference


Deadline for application is March 1, 2024.  Please have these documents available as they must be uploaded at the time of the application. The DIRECTFellowship link will be live on January 16, 2024, for new applications. Anticipated start date is July 15, 2024.


Stipend and Benefits

DIRECT provides a full-time, 12-month experiential learning program in cancer research. Fellows will be employed at Duke University as Research Interns and receive a monthly stipend with full medical benefits