Global Health Institute Offers Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship


Deadline: January 10, 2017

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation provides an opportunity for up to three US medical students to complete a yearlong international clinical research project in one of four locations: India, Kenya, Peru or Tanzania. The fellowship begins in July and includes a detailed orientation before the fellows travel to the research location for a minimum of 8 months. There they will work on their project with mentorship from Duke Global Health Institute faculty and those from our partner universities, non-governmental organizations, and community practice settings.

The goal of the fellowship is to produce future leaders in global health clinical research.


The Doris Duke ICRF fellowship is open to US-based medical students with at least two years of medical school training who are planning to conduct clinical research in a low- or middle-income country. Three students will be selected each year.

Interviews with select applicants will be conducted during the month of February.


Fellows receive:

  • a stipend of $29,000
  • health insurance (if applicable)
  • didactic training in research methods
  • travel expenses to the annual Doris Duke Foundation meeting
  • round-trip travel to the research site
  • round-trip travel to the mid-year fellowship meeting with other program participants
  • travel support to a relevant research conference

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the Doris Duke common application and DGHI supplemental application. The common application (obtained and submitted through the Doris Duke website) requires the following:

  • A personal statement containing a description of a) your reasons for undertaking global clinical research; b) your plans for future professional or graduate education as well as your long-term career plans; and c) a brief description of your research interests
  • Letter of support from the Dean’s office of the medical school in which you are currently matriculated
  • Two letters of support from faculty who can comment on your academic performance and potential for clinical research
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript (unofficial copies are accepted)

Students must also submit the DGHI supplemental application by email to Lysa MacKeen.

Both the common application and the supplemental application must be submitted by the application deadline. Failure to submit both documents will remove a candidate from consideration for the award.