Doris Duke Charitable Foundation - International Clinical Research Fellowships

The Office of Student Research at Yale University School of Medicine has been awarded a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship for medical students conducting research at selected international sites in low or middle income countries. Up to 3 one-year fellowships will be awarded to medical students each year to study topics that significantly impact morbidity and mortality and are relevant to the international site including communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, trauma, and maternal and child health. Students will be paired with two mentors, one at Yale and the second at the international institution.  

The fellowship year will begin in July, with formal courses at Yale, followed by at least 8 months of research conducted at the international site.

Students must complete an application via the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website and also submit additional materials that are requested below. A link with information on mentors at Yale and the international site and projects are also available below.

Application Information  

Interested students should complete the Doris Duke online common application. The Doris Duke online common application formal deadline is by 11:59PM EST,TBD.Items 1-6 are to be submitted on line when you submit the Doris Duke online common application. Item number 7 should be sent to our office via email to donna.carranzo@yale.edu.

1. Completion of the online common application form.

2. A letter of support from the Dean's office of of the medical school in which you are currently matriculated.

3. Two letters of support from faculty who can comment on your academic performance and potential for clinical research.

4. A personal statement.

5. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae. 

6. A copy of your medical school transcript (unofficial) 

7. Names of 2-3 potential faculty research mentors and sites from the link below. Please send this information to Donna Carranzo at donna.carranzo@yale.edu (See Mentor Selection section below for further information) 

Detailed instructions are provided for each of the six items listed above required by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in the online application.

Detailed instructions are provided below for each of the six components listed above required by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Read the FAQs on the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation website before starting to prepare your  application for helpful guidance on questions about the program, application process and  eligibility, as  well as for students who are considering applying to schools  at which they are not matriculated.     

1. Online Application Form 

Complete all sections of the online application form, which requests the following information:

Your contact information

Education history

Areas of clinical research you are interested in during fellowship year

School(s) to which you are applying

Description of prior medical and/or research experience in an international setting, if applicable

2. Letter from the Dean 

Request the letter of support from your Dean on the online application form well in advance of the deadline.  Your Dean will receive an e-mail from ddcfcrf@aibs.org and will be asked to submit their recommendations through the online DDCF Application system by 11:59PM EST,TBD.

3. Letter of Support

Request the letter of support from your references on the online application form well in advance of the deadline.  Your references will receive an e-mail from ddcfcr@aibs.org and will be asked to submit their recommendations through the online DDCF Application system by 11:59PM EST,TBD.

4. Personal Statement

A personal statement containing a description of a) your reasons for undertaking global clinical research; b) your plans for future professional or graduate education as well as your long-term career plans; and c) a brief description of your research interests. (Limit to 1 page, 10 pt. font) (PDF)

5. Curriculum Vitae

You will need to upload a copy of your CV (PDF) to submit your application. (Limit to 2 pages, 12pt. font)

6. Medical School Transcript

Request your medical school transcript well in advance of the deadline.  You will need to upload a copy (PDF) to submit your online application. This can be an unofficial copy.  

Eligilibity & Selection Criteria

Students in good standing, enrolled at any accredited U.S. medical school or accredited U.S. osteopathic school are eligible to apply. A completed application, medical school transcript, Dean's letter, personal statement,  two recommendation letters and names of 2-3 potential faculty research mentors and sites from the link below will be required for consideration. 

Interviews will be conducted in February after all applications are received.

Mentor Selection & Projects - Abbreviated list of sites

Financial Information

A stipend of $29,000 annually will be provided to all Fellows. Applicants from other medical schools will not be charged tuition and should consult with their home school for information regarding tuition and fees. Funds are available to offset health insurance, travel and research expenses.

Ms. Donna Carranzo
Associate Director
Office of Student Research
Email: donna.carranzo@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 785-6633
Fax: (203) 785-6936