Medical Research

CRM Frequently Asked Questions

Jump to FAQs about: Eligibility, For Student MenteesTiming of Research Year and Miscellaneous (including health insurance and contact information).


Who is eligible to apply?

The Clinical Research Mentorship is intended for past and current Doris Duke-supported researchers who will mentor a medical student for one year. Mentors must be Doris Duke researchers funded through one of the following programs:

  • Clinical Scientist Development Awards from 1998 to 2016
  • Distinguished Clinical Scientist Awards since 1999
  • Innovations in Clinical Research Awards since 2009

Can the applicant be the medical student?

No. While the mentor and student mentee should work together to submit an application, the applicant must be the DDCF-supported researcher. 

Are dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. students eligible to apply as a mentee with a DDCF-supported researcher?

No. Applicants in M.D./Ph.D. programs are not eligible for the CRM.

At what year should students participate in this program?

It is recommended that students be in the third year of medical school.

Are fourth-year students eligible to apply?

Fourth-year students are eligible to participate in CRM. However, accepted fourth-year students must defer graduation before participation. It is very important that you check with your school of matriculation to see whether you may defer your graduation.

Does the student mentee need to have matriculated at the mentor researcher’s institution?

No. The student does not have to be matriculated at the mentor’s institution. However, the student must be willing to move to the mentor’s institution for the duration of the research year.

How does DDCF define “clinical research”?

Clinical research is the scientific investigation of the etiology, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of human disease using human subjects, human populations or materials of human origin. Included in the definition are studies that use tissues or pathogens linked to a patient.

In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, the Medical Research Program does not fund research that uses animals. 

For Student Mentees

What should I consider if I am a student applying outside of my matriculated institution?

Changes in matriculation status may affect a student’s eligibility for health and malpractice insurance, loan repayment and other programs. Before applying, students should check with their medical school to ensure they retain a student’s standing for future financial aid if a research year is taken.

Students should also check with their medical school about fees as some institutions require students to pay certain fees and/or continuation fees to keep their place within their medical school class.

Timing of Research Year

How long is the Clinical Research Mentorship?

Mentor and student mentee teams must complete one year (12 months) of research together. 

When does the Clinical Research Mentorship start and end?

In general, the CRM period begins no earlier than July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year, although other 12-month periods are acceptable if there are extenuating circumstances. 

The grant itself will start one month prior to the start of the student’s research year (June 1) and end five months after the end of the research year (November 30) to cover startup costs and incidental expenses that may be incurred after the end of the student’s research year, such as publication or meeting costs.


Is health insurance provided?

All CRM student mentees must be provided with individual health insurance.

How many CRM grants are usually made?

Historically, DDCF has awarded up to 10 grants to mentor/student mentee teams per year.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

If your question is not answered after reviewing 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.