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.

Award Details

Note: The application deadline for the 2015 competition has passed. The following information is provided for reference only.

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. 

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 2015 and end in the summer of 2016. DDCF expects to make awards to ten mentor/mentee teams in 2015.

View the Request for Applications and instructions here.

Key Dates

Applications Due     January 13, 2015, 3 p.m. EST
Notice of Award     March 13, 2015
Decisions Due     March 20, 2015
Grant Start Date     June 1, 2015
Research Year for Student     July 2015 - June 2016

Eligibility Criteria

For a full explanation of the eligibility requirements, view the Request for Applications here

Student Mentees

  • 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 
  • Distinguished Clinical Scientist Awardees since 1999
  • Innovations in Clinical Research Awardees since 2009

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 2014 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 ten mentor/mentee teams for funding. 

View the 2014 grantees here.