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 2017-18 Clinical Research Mentorship program is closed. New applications for the award 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 apply together. In either case, the DDCF principal investigator must be the applicant. 

A list of DDCF researchers willing to be contacted by interested medical students is available upon request. Send requests to with “2017 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 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 2017 and end in the summer of 2018. DDCF expects to make awards to ten mentor/mentee teams in 2017.

Key Dates

Applications Due: January 24, 2017
Notice of Offer: March 17, 2017
Decisions Due:  March 24, 2017
Grant Start Date:  June 1, 2017
Research Year for Student:  July 2017 - June 2018


Eligibility Criteria

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 1998-2015
  • Distinguished Clinical Scientist Awardees since 1999
  • Innovations in Clinical Research Awardees since 2009


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reading the FAQs, email with “2017 CRM” as the subject line. No phone calls please.

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 2016 grantees here.