Doctoral Scholars

Bring a global health perspective to your field

For current Duke doctoral students with a deep interest in global health, the Global Health Doctoral Scholars program offers the opportunity for dynamic intellectual exchange, faculty mentorship and rigorous dissertation research on a global health challenge. In collaboration with a faculty mentor, you will explore the social, economic and cultural context of global health while conducting innovative research impacting health equity and expanding your professional skills and opportunities.

As a Global Health Doctoral Scholar, you will receive 50% of your academic-year stipend for one year and may receive funding for a second year upon successful application for continuation. You will work closely with a DGHI faculty mentor or a mentoring team. Our world-class faculty provide research guidance and professional development opportunities designed to advance your career in global health.

Global Health Doctoral Scholar Wins Second CUGH Award

Mercy Asiedu, a fifth-year PhD candidate in biomedical engineering, received the CUGH/Wasserheit Young Leader Award at the 10th annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Conference in Chicago this past weekend.

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Mercy Giving Remarks after Award
Mercy Asiedu gives remarks after receiving her award.

Program Highlights

  • In addition to faculty mentorship and dissertation research, year-round opportunities for engagement include participation in lunch seminars, leading professional development workshops and participating in panel discussions.
  • One-time grants of up to $12,500 are available for Scholars to undertake dissertation research.

Meet Some of Our Faculty Mentors

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Students are encouraged to apply in their second year of PhD study or beyond. Funding begins in August of the following academic year and the appointment is for a minimum of nine months (September to May).

We're here to help you understand your options, answer your questions and explore what's right for you. Please contact us if you would like to meet.

Questions? Contact:

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions and Special Projects