Physician Scientist Fellowship

Funding Agency:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Doris Duke 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. The goal is to aid in the transition into a research faculty appointment.

Physician scientists play a unique role in scientific discovery and advancement and must undergo extensive training towards successful careers in biomedical research. The Medical Research Program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) created the Physician Scientist Fellowship to provide subspecialty fellows with the opportunity to conduct additional years of research to enhance their skills and knowledge as a clinician investigator.


Deadline: Jan. 7, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

We 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.

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. 

• 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 (see page 4).

• 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 see the information on page 3 and consult with your institutional grants office.



Amount Description

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.

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Minorities encouraged
Women and minorities encouraged


Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

January 7, 2020