Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship Program

The University of Minnesota (UMN) Doris Duke ICRF Director and Co-Director at UMN with the collaboration of faculty leaders from our international partner sites have extensive experience training medical students to become successful global health researchers.

The University of Minnesota has numerous longstanding partnerships that support global health research, teaching, and training at sites around the world that provide outstanding mentored research opportunities to Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellows. Use the map below to explore research sites and mentors.

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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 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

Doris Duke Fellowship Benefits

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship is a 12-month faculty-mentored fellowship which provides medical students with:

  • A $29,000 living stipend,
  • Health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Round-trip airfare to an international training site
  • Up to $5,000 toward research expenses

Fellows are also enrolled in the University of Minnesota's online (and optional in-person) Global Health course that prepares them to sit for the biannual American Society of Travel Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) examination that leads to a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health. Trainees are expected to commit 8-9 months of work in-country, with the remaining months devoted to either pre-departure preparation, or post-fellowship study testing, analysis, and manuscript writing or poster presentation.

How to Apply

The application period for the 2018 - 2019 competition is now open. Complete application materials are available at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation IRCF website.

In addition to completing the International Clinical Research Fellowship application through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, all applicants to the University of Minnesota's ICRF program must include a statement that:

  1. Identifies a potential mentor or mentors with whom they would like to work
  2. The project or projects that best fit their research interests
  3. The research site where they would like to work.

This statement is not binding, and ICRF fellows' interests often evolve over time; however, this is useful in evaluating whether an individual applicant is a good match for the program's mentors and research opportunities. This supplemental information should be submitted in a single page Word or PDF document via email to Molly McCoy. The deadline for submission of this supplemental statement is January 9, 2018 at 3pm EST.