Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship 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 Tanzania or Kenya. The fellowship begins in July and features didactic 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 and collaborating institution faculty. Each fellow will collaborate with a student or trainee selected by the local institution as a peer mentor, and receive additional support to engage in professional development activities with their faculty mentor.

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

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Laura Bey
Assistant Director of Undergraduate and Medical School Programs

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.


January 13, 2015


This 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 Tanzania for a mid-fellowship training, and round trip travel to a relevant research conference.

Research locations

Research for the Doris Duke ICRF program at Duke University will center around four locations: Eldoret, Kenya, Moshi, Tanzania, Peru and India.


Moi University and the CVPD Center of Excellence

Faculty / Potential Research Projects:

Wendy O’Meara, Ph.D.

  • 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

Gerald Bloomfield, M.D., M.P.H.

  • The prevalence of markers of atherosclerosis among adult patients with congestive cardiac (heart) failure

View more work in Kenya

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)–Duke Collaboration

Faculty / Potential Research Projects:

John Bartlett, M.D.

  • 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

Elizabeth Reddy, M.D.

  • Innovative measures for the uptake of HIV testing

View more work in Tanzania


Faculty / Potential Research Projects:

Dr. Bill Pan

  • Impact of chronic low-exposure to heavy metals (mercury) on absorption of micronutrients (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

View more work in Peru


Janaseva Foundation

Faculty / Potential Research Projects:

Dr. Truls Oestbye, MD, MPH, MBA, PhD, FFPH (UK)

Dr. Vinod Shah

  • Health of Elderly in Rural Villages in Maharashtra, India

View more work in India


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:

  1. 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
  2. Letter of support from the Dean’s office of the medical school in which you are currently matriculated
  3. Two letters of support from faculty who can comment on your academic performance and potential for clinical research
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Medical school transcript (unofficial copies are accepted)

Students must also submit the DGHI supplemental application by email to Laura Bey.

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.

Doris Duke Common Application DGHI Supplemental Application