Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship

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. 

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Laura Bey
Assistant Director of Undergraduate and Medical School Programs


Will be announced Fall 2015

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship provides medical students with the unique opportunity to 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.


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, 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

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jerry_in_clinic-resizedcropped.jpgFaculty mentor: Gerald Bloomfield
Potential projects:

  • 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: William Pan
Potential projects:

  • 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)

View more work in Peru


Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC)Faculty mentor: Matthew P. Rubach, MD
Potential projects: 

  • Epidemiologic risk factor analyses for zoonotic causes of severe febrile illness in northern Tanzania.
  • Assessments of non-biological, socio-behavioral risk factors  for poor outcomes (e.g., delays in seeking care, delays within health systems) among patients presenting to hospital with severe infectious syndromes. 
  • Capacity-building for clinical laboratory systems and services in northern Tanzania

Faculty mentor: John Bartlett
Potential projects:

  • Pathogenesis and treatment of HIV infection and its complications, especially in resource-limited settings
  • Developing research capacity in Africa for studies on HIV-associated malignancies

View more work in Tanzania


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 by the application deadline. Failure to submit both documents will remove a candidate from consideration for the award.

Doris Duke Common Application DGHI Supplemental Application

Application Deadlines (2016-2017)

Will be announced Fall 2015


  • Application deadline: January 13, 2015 by 11:59pm EST
  • Interviews begin: Feb 1, 2015
  • Offer date: March 13, 2015
  • Decision deadline: March 20, 2015 by 1:00pm EST