Medical Research

Clinical Research Mentorship

Purpose

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 now open. See Award Details section below for more information.

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 mrp@ddcf.org 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.

Note that only one application per year per mentor will be accepted for the Clinical Research Mentorship program. Mentors cannot oversee research for two students nor can mentees conduct research under two separate mentors.

Key Dates

Applications Due: January 24, 2017, 3 p.m. EST
Notice of Offer: March 17, 2017
Decisions Due:  March 24, 2017, 1 p.m. EST
Grant Start Date:  June 1, 2017
Research Year for Student:  July 2017 - June 2018

We recommend that all new applications be accessed and started before December 16, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST due to an internal systems upgrade scheduled to commence on December 19, 2016. At that time, only applications that were started can continue to be worked on and submitted for review. Any application initiated on and after December 19, 2016 will not be saved. Please continue to check our website periodically during this time. Updates to the application process will be posted when available.

Eligibility Criteria

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

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
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

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 24, 2017 (3 p.m. EST).

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

Questions?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reading the FAQs, email mrp@ddcf.org 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.