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 features classroom training during the fall before the fellows travel to the research location for 8-9 months to 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 International Clinical Research Fellowship provides medical students with the unique opportunity conduct clinical research at an international site under the mentorship of Duke faculty.
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.
- 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, and
- travel support to a relevant research conference.
Research locations and Potential Projects
Research for the Doris Duke ICRF program at Duke University will center around four locations: Eldoret, Kenya, Moshi, Tanzania, Peru and India.
Faculty mentor: Truls Ostbye
Potential projects: The project would begin with a broad health assessment and could lead to further study of the following topic areas examining the physical and psychosocial health of community members.
- Health of elderly in rural villages in Maharashtra
- Health problems among caregivers for elderly in rural Maharashtra
- Health problems among foreign domestic workers and their families
- Violence against hospital workers
Faculty mentor: Gerald Bloomfield
- Study of the genetics of atrial Fibrillation in an African population
- A case-control study of the genetic associations with atrial fibrillation
- Household air pollution and its effects on cardiac structure and function
- An intervention study among women who predominantly use traditional cookstoves
- The prevalence of markers of atherosclerosis among adult patients with congestive cardiac failure
- A case-control study of the contemporary causes of heart failure in Kenya
Faculty mentor: Wendy O’Meara
- Investigation into fever-causing agents that can be diagnosed, treated, or prevented at peripheral health facilities and the potential impact of improved access to health services on the burden and spread of these diseases
Faculty mentor: William Pan
- Impact of chronic low-exposure to heavy metals (such as mercury) on absorption of micronutrients (in collaboration with Duke faculty member Heileen Hsu-Kim)
- Develop cross-cultural vulnerability and resilience rapid surveys and indices to measure the potential impact of climate variation and land cover change on human health (in collaboration with universities in Ecuador and Brazil)
- Measuring the emergence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes in rural areas of the Amazon
- Building an early-warning system for malaria
- Explore testing viability for leishmania (collecting and identifying sandflies, working with local health centers, reporting risk factors for infection)
Faculty mentor: John Bartlett
- Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV infection and its complications, especially in resource-limited settings
- The impact and social ecology of bacterial zoonoses in northern Tanzania
Developing research capacity in Africa for studies on HIV-associated malignancies
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)
Both the common application and the supplemental application must be submitted before 11:59pm on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Failure to submit both documents will remove a candidate from consideration for the award.