Apply Now to Graduate Margolis Scholars Program for Health Policy

Deadline: May 10, 2023

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy is officially accepting applications from incoming 2023-2024 Duke graduate and professional students for the Margolis Scholars Program.

Margolis Scholars is a prestigious, interdisciplinary program for Duke University students who demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to a career in health policy and management, as well as leadership potential to improve health, health equity, and the value of health care.

The program provides promising graduate and professional students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be the next generation of health care leaders. Selected Graduate Margolis Scholars are engaged in the program for two years and receive tailored education and training in health policy, and a personal fund to support health policy and professional development-related activities.

Interested applicants will need to fill out the online application, submit their most recent transcript and resume, and respond to short-answer questions. Learn more about the program from the Margolis Scholars fact sheet. Interested students can apply here.

The Margolis Scholars graduate student applications will be open until May 10, 2023. Interviews for selected candidates will take place May 30 – June 6. Selected candidates for the program will be notified by June 7, and the program will begin in August 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Melynn Glusman, Margolis Scholars Program Coordinator, at

Interested in Health Policy and Management? Apply to the Margolis Scholars Program

Margolis Scholars program components in four categories: knowledge building; skills enhancement and training; community building and networking; professional development.

Deadline: October 31, 2022 (undergraduates)

The Duke-Margolis Scholars Program in Health Policy and Management is a prestigious program for Duke University students that demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to a career in health policy and management, as well as leadership potential to improve health policy.

Named in honor of Robert Margolis, M.D., the founder of Duke-Margolis and a pioneer of innovative integrated care delivery models, the Margolis Scholars program provides promising students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be the next generation of health care leaders.

Margolis Scholars is a competitive program open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels. (See the application for medical and graduate student dates.) Selected scholars are engaged in the program for 1 to 2 years, depending on their program of study.

Click the link to find out more about the program and meet the 2022-2023 Margolis Scholars.

How to Apply

Please see the 2023-2024 Margolis Scholars application.

Mark McClellan Reappointed as Director of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy

Mark McClellan.Mark McClellan, the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, has been reappointed for a second five-year term as Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Provost Sally Kornbluth and Chancellor for Health Affairs Gene Washington announced this week.

The reappointment follows a faculty committee review chaired by Lesley Curtis, Professor and Chair of Population Health Sciences.

McClellan was initially appointed in 2016 to oversee the university-wide, interdisciplinary Margolis Center for Health Policy to further health policy scholarship, research and analysis and to prepare the next generation of health policy leaders.

“Under Mark’s leadership, the Margolis Center has brought health policy to the forefront at Duke, positioning the center and the university to respond to COVID-19 in real time, locally, nationally, and globally,” said Provost Kornbluth. “In a short amount of time, Mark’s steady and forward-thinking leadership put Duke-Margolis on the map as the state, national and global resource for health policy analysis and evidence-based solutions that make health care better, more affordable, and more equitable.”

In his first term directing Duke-Margolis, McClellan grew the Duke-Margolis leadership team, and together with them, built the center from seven faculty and 17 staff in 2016 to 76 core and affiliated faculty interdisciplinary members and 55 full-time staff today. In 2021, the center’s student cohort includes 39 Margolis Scholars and 40 summer interns across Duke schools and learner levels. This academic year, the center’s researchers and associated faculty published more than 20 white papers, 400+ peer-reviewed articles, engaged 20,000+ people in public events, and reached over 400 million people through media outreach. The center has a dynamic research portfolio with a currently active award value of approximately $18 million. Faculty engagement with Duke-Margolis has been integral to an additional $30 million in funds awarded through those faculty members’ home departments.

“The achievements of the Duke-Margolis Center in our early days are a direct reflection of the unique opportunities at Duke,” said McClellan. “First, core funding and confidence in us to try a new model for health policy research and education to advance better, more affordable, equitable care. Second, a truly university-wide approach, with support and engagement throughout Duke, thanks to the commitment of our university’s leadership to interdisciplinary and practical approaches to solving big problems. Third and critically, the instrumental work and commitment of the Center’s research, education, and operations teams, together with our extraordinary faculty and students, who have worked hard every day through the pandemic to make a difference to improve evidence and leadership for health policy and health reform.”

“Mark is highly distinguished for his record in public service and academic research and is an exceptional role model for the nation’s future health policy leaders here at Duke and around the country,” said Chancellor Washington. “Throughout this unprecedented public health emergency, Mark has provided Duke and the Duke University Health System with prescient, pragmatic counsel that has helped us navigate this crisis and serve our community. And his leadership provided our students with an invaluable, real-world example of health policy in action.”

McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These reforms include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Medicare and Medicaid payment reforms, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care. He also previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and senior director for health care policy at the White House, and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury.

Previously an associate professor of economics and medicine with tenure at Stanford University, McClellan has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics. Before coming to Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership.

McClellan is the founding chair and a Senior Advisor of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, serves on the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review Advisory Board, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). He chairs the NAM’s Leadership Council for Value and Science-Driven Health Care, co-chairs the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also a Senior Advisor on the faculty of the University of Texas Dell Medical School and is an independent director on the boards of Johnson & Johnson, Cigna, Alignment Healthcare, and PrognomIQ.

About Duke-Margolis

Duke-Margolis leverages Duke’s expertise in medicine, nursing, law, public policy, business, engineering, and other fields to address critical health policy challenges and deliver practical, innovative solutions that will improve health, health equity, and the value of health care for all. Duke-Margolis was established in 2016 with a $16.5 million gift from Duke School of Medicine alumnus Robert J. Margolis and his wife Lisa, through the Robert and Lisa Margolis Family Foundation. An academic research center and a policy laboratory, Duke-Margolis is an interdisciplinary initiative nationally and internationally recognized for its research, analysis, and educational initiatives to improve health and health policy. Its offices are located in Durham, NC, and Washington, DC.

By Patricia Shea Green

Work With Health Policy Leaders as a Margolis Summer Intern

Margolis Summer Internship Progrm.

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Internship Program Overview

Effectively improving health and the value of health care requires multidisciplinary teams and capabilities. To meet this aim, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy uniquely brings together teams of health care and policy experts and organizations to assess key policy and practice challenges and identify and implement impactful solutions. As future policy-leaders and -aware professionals, students are integral team members. The Center offers students (undergraduate and graduate) opportunities to contribute to a variety of projects aimed at improving health and the value of health care through research and the development of innovative, practical, and evidence-based policy solutions through a collaborative and mentored summer internship experience.

Goals of the Internship Experience

  • Learn through challenging and meaningful activities
  • Link academic learning to policy and practice
  • Gain professional experience within the field of health policy
  • Build positive relationships with faculty and staff
  • Identify, clarify, and/or confirm direction as it relates to their academic studies and future career path
  • Develop strong networking/mentoring relationships
  • Strengthen our Margolis student community

Program Details


Durham, NC or *Washington, D.C. or *Virtual

*Participants must attend in-person Orientation in Durham on May 18-19, 2022.

Projects / Learning Outcomes

The intern will support the team’s efforts to conduct rigorous analyses and communicate their findings. Individual tasks will be project-specific, but will include assignments such as literature reviews, data analyses and visualizations, and writing/editing a broad variety of work products, including project reports, policy briefs, blog posts, and article submissions for peer review.

Compensation & Hours

Paid, dependent on education level. Approximately 40 hours per week.

Approximate Program Length

10 weeks, May 18- July 29, 2022


Apply now for our Margolis Summer Internship Program! Follow the link to our application portal: Apply Now

Applicant Information

Qualifications & Eligibility

Our internship program is available to all Duke University and non-Duke University students. Current students at the undergraduate, graduate, professional, Ph.D. level, and recent graduates (less than 3 months) are also eligible.

All applicants must be able to or willing to physically reside in Durham, NC, or Washington DC for the 10-week summer program.

Each mentor and their projects require a unique skill set. Applicants should demonstrate the skills and qualifications outlined in the individual job descriptions that they apply for.

Application Materials

  • Resume/CV, Unofficial Transcript(s) and Academic Writing Sample (one related to health and health policy preferred, additionally, preferably no co-authored samples)
  • Please combine documents into one PDF in the order above

Dates to Know

Application Available: December 2, 2021

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Decision Notification Date: March 15, 2022

Internship Dates: May 18, 2022 – July 29, 2022

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For Rhodes Scholars, Duke’s Interdisciplinary Institutes and Initiatives Played Vital Role

Kadakia, Kantor, Wang.

On November 17, Duke University seniors Kushal Kadakia, Ariel Kantor, and Claire Wang were selected for prestigious 2019 Rhodes Scholarships. These three students and the 29 other recipients were chosen from among 880 applicants from colleges and universities across the United States.

Clearly, they are stellar young scholars and individuals. What else do they have in common? Throughout their undergraduate education, they have deeply engaged with the intellectual communities of Duke’s university-wide interdisciplinary institutes and initiatives.

Kushal Kadakia

Committed to pursuing research and policy to make healthcare more accessible, Kadakia is majoring in Public Policy and Biology, with a minor in Global Health administered by the Duke Global Health Institute.

Kadakia.A Truman Scholar and Faculty Scholar, he has served as chair of the Honor Council, vice president of Student Government, and a voting member of the Board of Trustees.

As a first-year student, Kadakia took part in the FOCUS Genetics and Genomics cluster and got involved with Duke’s Bass Connections program, in which faculty and students collaborate on interdisciplinary research into complex societal challenges. Kadakia’s first Bass Connections project team, Innovation & Technology Policy Lab, led to a follow-on grant. He won the Duke Libraries Holsti Prize for his related paper, “Rethinking R&D: Partnerships as Drivers for Global Health Innovation.”

As a member of the Bass Connections North Carolina Medicaid Reform Advisory Team, he provided recommendations to state legislators. “Collectively, Bass Connections has been the centerpiece of my Duke experience – providing a common thread to weave together my scientific training and my policy interests into an impact-oriented research experience that is now the foundation for my future career,” he said.

Taking this work further, Kadakia served as an intern on the policy team of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to work on Medicaid transformation, and he collaborated with Professor of Law Barak Richman and three other undergraduates to develop county-level case studies detailing the challenges in North Carolina healthcare. The group submitted its findings to the Department of Health and Human Services as the state seeks to improve rural access to healthcare and other Medicaid reform.

“I am still humbled, and a bit incredulous, at how much policy knowledge and intellectual authority Kushal exhibits – and how much respect he commands – before even completing his bachelor’s degree,” Richman said.

Kadakia was selected for the Huang Fellows Program at the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, in which students learn how to integrate ethics, policy, and social implications into their scientific research.

He served as a 2018 summer intern at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, working on projects studying the translation of international health innovations to the U.S. context. He has also been a research assistant for various Duke-Margolis projects, including Accountable Care Policy Gaps and Implications of Global Experiences with Accountable Care.

For his Public Policy honors thesis, Kadakia is exploring how an accountable care healthcare framework could repurpose international innovations to improve the U.S. healthcare system.

Rhodes Scholarships cover all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford. Kadakia will work toward the M.Phil. in Evidence-based Social Intervention and Policy as part of his preparation for a career in medicine and public service.

Ariel Kantor

Kantor created an interdisciplinary major through Program II around biotechnology, policy and bioengineering.

Kantor.He was a 2016 GCB Summer Scholar at the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (GCB). Mentored by Charles Gersbach, he pursued a research project to develop and characterize Cas9-fusion systems and examine their ability to control gene expression. He has continued working with Gersbach to develop new applications for CRISPR to facilitate epigenome editing.

Kantor has also worked with Susanne Haga, faculty member at GCB and the Duke Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine. His senior thesis examines developing technology-based therapies for orphan diseases. His work with Haga resulted in a publication analyzing the number and types of pharmacogenetic tests offered by clinical testing laboratories in the U.S.

Concerned about human rights and violence prevention, Kantor worked with the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute on programming to facilitate dialogue around religion, violence, and human rights.

He will pursue a doctorate in Molecular Biology at Oxford in preparation for a career in gene engineering and translational medicine.

Claire Wang

The recipient of Truman and Udall scholarships, Wang is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and minoring in Economics and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies.

Wang.Active in the university’s vibrant culture of engaged scholarship in energy and the environment, Wang is currently taking a course on the transformation of the U.S. electric power sector, taught by Brian Murray, Director of the Duke University Energy InitiativeKate Konschnik, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy SolutionsJim Rogers, former CEO and chair of Duke Energy, and Norman Bay, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“It would be an understatement to say that Claire is dedicated to environmental concerns,” said Timothy Johnson, associate professor at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment and faculty network member of the Energy Initiative. She “is approaching issues at the intersection of energy and the environment out of a larger concern for social well-being.”

Wang played a leadership role in the Duke Climate Coalition, one of the energy-related student organizations that comprise the Energy Initiative’s Student Advisory Committee. She has also been involved with student campaigns such as Duke Seize the Grid and Duke Renewable Energy Action.

At Oxford, Wang will pursue master’s degrees in Environmental Change and Management as well as Global Governance and Diplomacy, toward a career in environmental advocacy.

Read related articles on the Duke Today and Duke Chronicle websites.

Image at top: Kadakia at an event for legislators in Raleigh organized by the Bass Connections NC Medicaid Reform Advisory Team, courtesy of Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy; Kantor as a GCB summer intern, courtesy of Duke Center for Genomics and Computational Biology; Wang, courtesy of Nicholas School of the Environment. Photos below courtesy of Duke Today.

November 21, 2018

Interdisciplinary Research Teams to Present Results at Bass Connections Showcase

Join the Office of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council for a special year-end showcase event and reception on Thursday, April 20, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Come learn more about Bass Connections and find out what these research teams of faculty, grad students, undergrads and community partners have accomplished this year.


Reception and poster session begin


Students from five project teams will present lightning talks:


Bass Connections leaders will recognize this year’s student award recipients:


Reception and poster session continue


Free parking is available in the Blue Zone accessed from the Towerview Road traffic circle. Please contact us if you require other parking arrangements.


Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (GCB), Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE), Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Duke Initiative for Science & Society, Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Energy Initiative, Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), Kenan Institute for Ethics, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)