With the goal of aiding in the transition to a research faculty appointment, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Physician Scientist Fellowship program provides grants to physician-scientists at the subspecialty fellowship level who are seeking to conduct additional years of research beyond their subspecialty requirement.
To that end, the program awards $100,000 per year, plus $10,000 (10 percent) for indirect costs for two years, to outstanding individuals eager to pursue a clinical research career in biomedicine and whose projects address a highly significant research question that can lead to career advancement. DDCF does not have funding priorities for this fellowship based on disease area or research type. (In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke's will, experiments that use animals or tissues derived from animals, including cell lines, will not be supported by the program.)
The foundation strongly encourages applications from women and individuals from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, women, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ+, as well as those having overcome limitations in access to science afforded by privilege.
To be eligible, applicants must have an MD, MD/PhD, DO, or foreign equivalent; be in a fellowship program leading to certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-approved clinical subspecialty as of the award start date, July 1, 2021; be no more than four years from the start of subspecialty clinical fellowship training at the deadline; and work at a U.S. medical institution that is tax exempt as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants need not be a U.S. citizen.
See the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.