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.
Past and present recipients of medical research grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) are invited to identify a medical student to mentor for one year and to then apply as a team. Alternatively, medical students may identify a qualifying DDCF researcher and apply together. In either case, the DDCF researcher must be the applicant.
A list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by interested medical students is available upon request. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with “2014 CRM” as the subject line. In your email, please specify that you are writing to request the list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by students.
No phone calls please.
Each mentor will be 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 will receive $64,800 over one year, inclusive of a $29,000 stipend for the student. The student’s year out will start in the summer of 2014 and end in the summer of 2015. DDCF expects to make awards to ten mentor/mentee teams in 2014.
View the Request for Applications and instructions here.
|| January 14, 2014, 3 p.m. EST
|Notice of Award
|| March 14, 2014
|| March 21, 2014
|Grant Start Date
|| June 1, 2014
|Research Year for Student
|| July 2014 - June 2015
For a full explanation of the eligibility requirements, view the Request for Applications here.
- Students must be in good standing at any U.S.-based medical school working on an M.D. or D.O.
- Students do not have to be U.S. citizens but must be pursuing their M.D. studies in the United States.
- Students do not have to be matriculated at the mentor’s affiliated medical school, but the student must be willing to relocate to the affiliated institution for the research year.
- Students in a combined M.D./Ph.D. program are not eligible.
Mentors must be DDCF researchers funded through the following programs:
- Clinical Scientist Development Awardees since 1998 (revised 12/6/13)
- Distinguished Clinical Scientist Awardees since 1999
- Innovations in Clinical Research Awardees since 2009
The mentor and student mentee should work together to develop a single application to submit using the DDCF online application site. The mentor must access the online application site using their email address. The online application form and confidential letters of support must be submitted by January 14, 2014.
Note that the mentor will need the tax ID of the institution where he/she holds an academic appointment in order to access the application website.
Access the application site here.
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
If your question is not answered after reading the FAQs, email email@example.com with “2014 CRM” as the subject line. Please, no phone calls.
Rationale & History
Scientific mentoring is a personal, one-on-one relationship between a more experienced scientist and a scientist-in-the-making. 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 first Clinical Research Mentorship competition in 2013, Doris Duke investigators identified a promising medical student and submitted a proposal together as a team. A panel of experts reviewed proposals and recommended ten mentor/mentee teams for funding.
View the 2013 grantees here.