Clinical Research Mentorship

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Clinical Research Mentorship


The Clinical Research Mentorship program provides previously funded Doris Duke investigators the opportunity to foster the next generation of clinical researchers by mentoring a medical student for one year.

Rationale & History

Scientific mentoring is a personal, one-on-one relationship between a more experienced scientist and a scientist-in-the-making. Launched in 2012, the Clinical Research Mentorship program supports the establishment of a relationship between a medical student and a talented and successful DDCF-funded clinical investigator and role model. Students will become involved in a research project that has already met the high standards of peer review, while DDCF investigators will be given the opportunity to teach and train the next generation of researchers. Their work will not only boost their mentoring skills, but also benefit from the student’s energy and ideas.

For the 2015 Clinical Research Mentorship competition, Doris Duke investigators identified a promising medical student and submitted a proposal together as a team. A panel of experts reviewed proposals and recommended eleven mentor/mentee teams for funding. 

View the 2015 grantees here.

Award Details

New grants are not being offered at this time.

Past and present recipients of medical research grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) identify a medical student to mentor for one year and then apply as a team. Alternatively, medical students identify a qualifying DDCF researcher and apply together. In either case, the DDCF researcher must be the applicant. 

Each mentor is required to provide a 12-month, full-time clinical research experience for the student mentee. Each mentee must be willing to take 12 months out from medical school, typically after the third year of school. Teams receive $64,800 over one year, inclusive of a $29,000 stipend for the student.