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.
2016-2017 Doris Duke Fellows (l to r) Faith Rialem, Andres Mallipudi and Cody Cichowitz
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.
- 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: 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, MD
- 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
Faculty mentor: Matthew P. Rubach, MD
- 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: Catherine A. Staton, MD MScGH
- Improving mental health and functional outcomes for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients in Moshi, Tanzania
- Knowledge and attitudes of at risk alcohol use amongst injury patients seen at KCMC
- Developing an intervention for alcohol amongst injury patients at KCMC
Faculty mentor: Melissa Watt, MD
- Implementation science research to improve service delivery of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV
- Mixed-methods research to understand factors impacting women’s HIV care engagement in the postpartum period
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 by the application deadline. Failure to submit both documents will remove a candidate from consideration for the award.
Application Deadlines (2016-2017)
- Application & Letters of Support due: January, 2017
- Interviews begin: Feb, 2017
- Offers begin: March, 2017
- Decisions due: March, 2017