The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) offered through UNC is designed to encourage medical students to pursue clinical research careers by exposing them to exciting research opportunities in developing countries. Students who are matriculated at any U.S.-based medical school are eligible for the DDICRF. UNC offers ICRF opportunities in Malawi, Zambia, and China.
Students who participate in the ICRF program will take a year off from medical school to conduct international clinical research under the direction of a mentor working in global health. Each fellow will work with a mentor to formulate a specific research project, write up the protocol, and follow the protocol through the relevant approval processes. The student will then take primary responsibility for initiating and conducting the study.
Doris Duke fellows placed at UNC Project-Malawi may work in the following areas: sexually transmitted infections, HIV treatment, ART for PMTCT, HIV and TB diagnostics, maternal health, obstetric fistula, contraception and family planning, trauma/burns, and cancer.
Information about potential projects and application instructions and deadlines are here.
Questions about the about the ICRF at UNC should be directed to program coordinator Kirsten Leysieffer.