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Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowships

Screenshot from the Doris Duke Foundation Oct 10, 2012

Applications for Doris Duke International clinical research fellowships will be accepted starting November 2012.

Three fellowships per year will be awarded by the University of Minnesota for fellowships beginning in summer 2013.

About the Fellowships

The goal of the Doris Duke  international clinical research fellowship is to encourage medical students to pursue clinical research careers by exposing them to research opportunities in developing countries.  

Students participating in this program will take a year out from medical school to conduct clinical research abroad under the direction of a mentor working in global health and will complete related coursework.  

U.S. medical students selected for fellowships will receive:

•    a living stipend
•    health insurance
•    paid travel expenses
•    research funds

Why Apply For A Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship Through the UMN?

The University of Minnesota (UMN) project PI and the co-investigators at UMN and in Uganda and Kenya have extensive experience with international research projects for medical students.  

Our longstanding partnerships with Makerere University in Uganda and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and Maseno University in Kenya focus on critical, inter-related areas of health in low-income countries:

•    Infection
•    Nutrition
•    Neurodevelopment
•    Neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes

Our experience in this research and the opportunity for interdisciplinary training afforded by a UMN presence at these sites should offer students highly relevant training in international research.

The possibility of research in other important health issues in these countries also exists, e.g., for students with interest in e.g., in sickle cell disease, cancer, mental health and zoonotic disease.

We work to make sure the students have appropriate mentors in the research area, and support, including regulatory support, for their research in these areas, prior to agreeing to student involvement in such a project. 

Our international medical student research experience is intended to be meaningful for the student and useful for the research site. In collaboration with the international partner site, fellows will receive training in:

•    research and ethics
•    in-depth global health
•    practical on-site research methods

University of Minnesota Mentors

David Boulware
Paul Bohjanen
Anne Parker Frosch
Chandy John
Kirsten Nielsen
Timothy Schacker

Makerere University, Uganda Mentors

Robert Opoka
Richard Idro
Sarah Kiguli
Andrew Kambugu
David Meya
Moses Joloba

KEMRI and Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya Mentors

Wilson Odero
Ayub Ofulla
John Vulule
George Ayodo

Application Process

Application materials will be available through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website in November 2012.  Please check this page for a link and more information about applying as it becomes available.  Applications will be due January 15, 2013.  

For more information, contact Molly McCoy, Research Program Manager, at or 612-624-9749.