Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship (CRF) Program for Medical Students

Investigator: Joel Palefsky, MD
Sponsor: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Location(s): Kenya; Uganda; Tanzania; India


The International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) program provides fellowships for U.S.-based medical students to take a year out from school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries.

Clinical research requires a unique blend of medical and research skills. The ICRF program was designed to support this blending of skills by giving medical students an outstanding clinical research experience in global health while they are in the midst of developing their medical proficiency. The long-term goal of this program is to develop the next generation of clinical investigators working in global health.  

Participating Institutions

ICRF is administered through six U.S. medical schools with established programs in global health research. Each school is responsible for overseeing the selection of applicants and providing the mentored research experience. Each institution offers three fellowships per year. 

  • Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Global Health Institute
  • Harvard Medical School
  • University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
  • Yale University School of Medicine

Fellowship Details

Students participating in the ICRF program will take a year out from medical school to conduct clinical research abroad under the direction of a mentor working in global health, as well as complete related coursework. Fellows receive a stipend, health insurance and financial support to attend a year-end meeting as well as supplementary funds for research and training.