Open To

Ph.D. students who are in a program in the biological and biomedical sciences, in their third year or beyond, and not receiving other full-time summer funding. See the Eligibility section for details.

The Summer Research Fellowship will pay a full summer stipend for the period from June 1 to August 31, plus summer tuition and health fee.


  • Applicants are not eligible for this fellowship if they receive other full-time summer funding, whether compensatory or non-compensatory. Dean's Graduate Fellows, NSF GRFP fellows on tenure, research and full-time teaching assistants are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must be in their third academic year of study (third summer) or beyond during the fellowship term.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in one of the below Ph.D. programs that does not already participate in the Summer Research Fellowship program:
    • Biochemistry
    • Biostatistics
    • Cell & Molecular Biology
    • Cell Biology
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
    • Developmental & Stem Cell Biology
    • Genetics & Genomics
    • Immunology
    • Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health
    • Medical Physics
    • Medical Scientist Training
    • Molecular Cancer Biology
    • Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
    • Neurobiology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Population Health Sciences

To Apply


  • Approval from your department (see step 1 below)
  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A copy of your current Duke transcript or DukeHub report (PDF)
  • Two letters of recommendation from your DGS and faculty advisor. If your DGS and faculty advisor are the same individual only one letter of recommendation is required.
  • A brief description (in PDF format) of research, interests, and why it would be particularly important to be free of training obligations. This should be no more than 3 pages, using 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing, and Arial 12-point font. OPTIONAL: You may also include an additional 1-page bibliography.


  1. Get approval to apply from your department. Before you can submit your applications for this award to The Graduate School, you must first get approval from your director of graduate studies (DGS). Programs differ in how they choose their nominees. Check with your DGS.
  2. Once you have received approval from your DGS, go to The Graduate School’s fellowship application system to submit your application. | Application instructions (PDF)

Application Period

The application cycle opens in early October and closes in November, exact dates are found on the main fellowship page. Award recipients will be notified in spring semester.