Medical Research

International Clinical Research Fellowship


The International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) program provided fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries.

Clinical research requires a unique blend of medical and research skills. The ICRF program was designed to support this blending of skills by giving medical students an outstanding clinical research experience in global health while they are in the midst of developing their medical proficiency. The long-term goal of this program was to develop the next generation of clinical investigators working in global health.   

Participating Institutions

ICRF was administered through six U.S. medical schools with established programs in global health research. Each school was responsible for overseeing the selection of applicants and providing the mentored research experience.

Current Status

After much deliberation and discussion about the strategic use of the foundation’s resources, the foundation has decided to suspend two programs for medical students: the Doris Duke Clinical International Research Fellowships and Clinical Research Mentorships. No new grants will be issued starting in 2019. The foundation will continue to support the 2018-2019 fellows.

Periodically, the Medical Research Program takes stock of its programs to better understand whether or not they are addressing unmet needs and aligning with our mission, which is to advance the prevention, treatment and cure of human disease. Throughout this process, the foundation seeks input from the field and through ongoing dialogue with its Scientific Advisory Council. A major goal of the Medical Research Program is to support the development of physician scientists. At this time, with our limited resources, the foundation is planning to develop programs for other stages along the physician-scientist career track where support is needed. As the foundation develops these new programs, we will update the website and issue requests for proposals. We suggest that interested parties check back for further information.

The foundation thanks all those who have participated and wishes them the very best in their careers. We particularly commend the dedicated medical students, mentors, and program directors who have made the year-out research experiences a valuable part of medical education.

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