Medical Research

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.

The 2018-19 Clinical Research Mentorship competition is now closed. New proposals are no longer being accepted.

Award Details

Past and present principal investigators on 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 principal investigator and they apply together. In either case, the DDCF principal investigator must be the applicant. 

No phone calls please. We are better able to address questions submitted via email and will respond within two business days.

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 $70,400 over one year, inclusive of a $30,000 stipend for the student. The student’s year out will start in the summer of 2018 and end in the summer of 2019. DDCF expects to make awards to 10 mentor/mentee teams in 2018.

Key Dates

Notice of Offer By 5 p.m. ET, March 16, 2018
Decisions Due March 23, 2018 (1 p.m. ET)
Grant Start Date June 1, 2018
Research Year for Student July 2018-June 2017

Eligibility Criteria


  • Students must be in good standing at any accredited, 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 and/or U.S. territories (including Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • 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 Awards from 1998 to 2016
  • Distinguished Clinical Scientist Awards since 1999
  • Innovations in Clinical Research Awards since 2009

Application Process

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 9, 2018 (3 p.m. ET).

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 with “2018 CRM” as the subject line. No phone calls please. We are better able to address questions submitted via email and will respond within two business days.

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.

View the 2017 grantees here.