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Doris Duke Charitable Foundation 2020 Request for Applications

Oct 18, 2019, 11:08 AM by Melodi Moore
Doris Duke 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Physician scientists lend vital expertise to biomedical research through their training as both clinicians and researchers. The Physician Scientist Fellowship (PSF) award aims to support research during final years of subspecialty fellowship and aid in the transition into an academic faculty appointment. The specific goals of the PSF program are to: 1) support physician scientists in subspecialty fellowship to conduct an outstanding clinical research project; 2) ensure research time protection to enable development of research skills; and 3) facilitate strong mentorship relations.

AWARD INFORMATION: The 2020 Physician Scientist Fellowship consists of $100,000 direct costs plus $10,000 (10 percent) indirect costs each year for two years. The award project period will begin on July 1, 2020. DDCF expects to fund about four proposals in 2020. The priority of the PSF award is to fund candidates with promise for strong research careers. DDCF does not have funding priorities based on disease area or research type.


To be eligible for this award, applicants must:

• Be in a fellowship program leading to certification in an American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)-approved clinical subspecialty. See a list of ABMS-approved subspecialties here.

• Have completed the majority of the clinical training portion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited fellowship by the award start date, July 1, 2020. Successful candidates will most likely have also completed some research and can use this award to enable two more years of research. If the structure of your subspecialty fellowship program positions the clinical training year(s) after your research year(s), a request must be submitted to ask for an exemption to this eligibility criterion

• Be no more than three years from the start of subspecialty clinical fellowship training at the deadline for an application.

• Not have an appointment as a full-time faculty member. Assistant professors may be eligible for the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award.

• Dedicate at least 50 percent effort to the PSF project.

• Be guaranteed a minimum overall research time protection of 80 percent of full-time professional effort by the applicant’s institution if an award is made. This protection ensures that the applicant develops skills and knowledge necessary for a career in biomedical research.

• Not be in a doctoral degree program at the time of the award. Applicants may be enrolled in a master’s degree program at the start of the award, July 1, 2020. A description of the purpose and goals of obtaining the master’s degree should be included in the proposal, if applicable (see the “Career Goals and Accomplishments” section on page 14). Time spent in a master’s program cannot infringe on the 80 percent research effort required for this award.

• Have received an MD, DO, or foreign equivalent degree from an accredited institution.

• Work at a US medical institution that is able to receive an award as an organization with 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Service status. Please consult with your institutional grants office.

  • Applicants DO NOT have to be US citizens.

The Foundation strongly encourage applications from women and those from groups that are underrepresented in medicine, including Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Applications Due:  January 7, 2020, 3 pm ET

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