Third Year Global Health Study Program

The Third Year Global Health Study Program, administered by the School of Medicine in collaboration with the Duke Global Health Institute, helps Duke medical students identify, coordinate, and find funding for research projects focused on reducing health disparities in low- and middle-income countries.

A Year of Global Health Research

The Global Health Study Program connects medical students with mentors from a variety of disciplines who are currently involved in global health research, at Duke and abroad. The program provides orientation to issues such as responsible conduct of research, cross-cultural competency, and travel safety, as well as guidance on identifying and applying for external global health research opportunities and funding.

FundingPast ProjectsMSc-GH Dual Degree

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For more information on the Third Year at the Duke University School of Medicine, visit the School of Medicine website. For more information on the Third Year Global Health Study Program, contact

Funding Deadlines and Opportunities

Deadline Scholarship Location Stipend
Dec 1 Fogarty Global Health Fellowships Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka $20,000
Mar 2 DGHI Third Year Medical Student Research Grants Various $15,000
Apr 1 Eugene Stead Student Research Scholarship Various $25,000


Third Year Medical Student Grants

To encourage and support the participation of Duke medical students in global health research, the Duke Global Health Institute offers grants  for rising third year students interested in conducting research overseas. Amount: up to $15,000

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Additional Funding Opportunities

For additional funding opportunities, visit the School of Medicine’s third-year site.


Past Projects

Research projects can involve laboratory or clinical research in a variety of settings, from hospitals to community-based clinics or service organizations. Opportunities for medical students to conduct global health research are strongest in locations where Duke has well-established research partnerships, such as Moshi, Tanzania, Eldoret, Kenya and Galle Sri Lanka.

“Working through the development of a project for third year has forced me to truly think about my career goals. Through this process, I have realized that I want global health research to be a significant part of my life.” Andrew Bouley
Third Year Global Health Study Program



Master of Science in Global Health

Medical students may complete the Master of Science in Global Health, combining on-campus coursework and field research over a two-year period. Each year, funding may be available for tuition relief from the School of Medicine and the Graduate School for students wishing to earn the MSc-GH. Applicants to the program will be automatically considered for this funding when an application for the MSc-GH is submitted to the Graduate School.