Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship

The Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship identifies and develops promising student researchers who intend to pursue careers in patient-oriented research, but who may not pursue formal graduate education (i.e., may not pursue Ph.D. training).

This program concluded in June 2014 and will no longer be offered.


At least two students will be matched this year with senior mentors and primary research mentors (junior mentors) to work on specific patient-oriented research projects. Formal coursework is offered through the Education, Training, and Career Development program in the UT Southwestern Department of Clinical Sciences. Graduate certification of proficiency in clinical research is available through the Department of Clinical Sciences.


Activities are numerous, and consist of formal didactic coursework, a variety of formal lectures, and symposia available via the Department of Clinical Sciences. Students are expected to take one course each semester during their fellowship. In addition, the students participate in twice-monthly lunch symposia in which the fellows present their work to their peers and to their mentors. These meetings alternate with research conferences that are held in conjunction with fellows and faculty enrolled in the didactic programs in the Department of Clinical Sciences, including participants in the NIH-funded CTSA Clinical Scholars program.


For 2013-2014, a stipend of $28,000 and health insurance will be provided for the duration of a one-year fellowship. Funds will also be provided for research work, additional clinical research training, and travel to clinical research meetings.

Eligibility Requirements

Students should have completed two or more years of medical school at UT Southwestern Medical School prior to beginning their fellowship year. Formal written consent of the Medical School Dean is required.

Selection Criteria

A completed application, official medical school transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required for consideration. The selection committee will take into account a record of academic excellence, the applicant's personal statement, and the quality of the letters of support. While prior research experience is desirable, it is not required.

Application Forms

The application process is handled centrally through UT Southwestern Medical School.