National Clinician Scholars Program

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) aims to offer unparalleled training for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and health care. The goal of the program is to cultivate health equity, eliminate health disparities, invent new models of care, and achieve higher quality health care at lower cost by training nurse and physician researchers who work as leaders and collaborators embedded in communities, healthcare systems, government, foundations, and think tanks in the United States and around the world.

The overarching goal of the Duke NCSP is to train inter-professional clinician scholars in data-driven inquiry, policy-impactful and rigorous investigation, sensitive community-based participatory research, and transformation of health care practice. Four central pillars undergird the program:

  • diverse and experienced program leadership;

  • a deep bench of dedicated and successful mentors;

  • a comprehensive didactic research and professional development training program;

  • and a broad range of mentored research and policy training opportunities, including direct engagement with community partners and community organizations.

Specifically, the Duke NCSP focuses on community-based research, health services research, health policy, and implementation science across a broad range of disciplines.  Scholars will build expertise in these disciplines because they are critical both to improving health care access, equity, quality, and outcomes and to identifying and implementing effective health care policies. We also offer a master’s degree option in Duke’s Clinical Research Training Program, which will serve as the core degree program for our clinician scholars with an interest in pursuing a formal degree. 

Deadline: July 15, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Physicians and doctoral trained nurses are eligible to apply. Prior relevant research experience is preferred, but not required.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

July 15, 2024