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.


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 2018 grantees here.

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. 

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. 


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reading the FAQs, email with “Clinical Research Mentorship” 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.

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