CTSA Scholarship for Predoctoral Students (TL1)

The Duke CTSA Scholarship program offers clinical and translational research experience and training for Pre-Doctoral Students in Medicine. The scholarship’s provision of research training enhances programs designed to expose students to clinical and translational research earlier in their careers.

Scholarship Details

The Duke CTSA Scholarship program is for those students who desire an intensive clinical research experience.  CTSA Scholars will graduate from Duke University with a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHSc) upon successful completion of all Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) degree requirements.  The Duke CTSA Scholarship is a two year scholarship, so scholars will graduate from medical school a year late. The scholarship will run from August 2017 - August 2019.

Duke CTSA Scholarship Benefits Summary

  1. Scholarship stipend: The stipend is paid in monthly installments over the course of the scholarship.  Previous stipends have been $22,032 per year of study.
  2. CRTP tuition will be paid in full.
  3. Additional funds are applied towards health insurance costs and travel expenses to scientific meetings. Note: funding amounts are subject to NIH-specified spending limits.
  4. Research and study opportunities:
  • Work with experienced, world-class clinical researchers.
  • Conduct research of interest; however, research done for the CTSA scholarship must be clinical and/or translational in nature.
  • Establish contacts and network opportunities at University and national levels.

CTSA Coursework

Scholars will take classes offered through the CRTP.  CTSA scholars must complete 24 credits of graded course work and a research project for which 12 units of credit are given.  
The following courses are required of all CTSA scholars:

Fall Semester:

CRP 241: Introduction to Statistical Methods - 4 credits
CRP 242: Principles of Clinical Research.  Corequisite: CRP 241 - 4 credits

Spring Semester:

CRP 245: Statistical Analysis. Prerequisite CRP 241 - 4 credits
CRP 253: Responsible Conduct of Research. Prerequisite: CRP 242  - 2 credits
CRP 254: Research Management

Spring Semester, second year:

CRP 247: Clinical Research Seminar

Available elective courses include all other courses on the CRTP website.
Your classmates will include other CTSA scholars as well as fellows and junior faculty.  Read more about the CRTP.


Stipend and other support

The scholarship provides a stipend for each full year of study. Previous stipends have been $22,032. The stipend will be paid in installments over 12 months and can be used for personal expenses as well as for Duke University tuition.

Additional funds are applied towards CRTP tuition and fees, insurance costs, and travel expenses to scientific meetings. Please note that funding amounts are subject to NIH-specified spending limits.


Application Process

  1. Secure mentor(s) and create a clinical or translational research project.
  2. Submit the Internal Duke Scholarship Application Form no later than April 1. In addition to the Scholarship form, you must provide name, position/title, and email address of three (3) individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests. CTSA applicants may also provide up to two (2) additional pages of information to the proposed research program question in the application.
  3. Applicant interviews will be conducted in April.
  4. Successful applicants will be notified in early May.


Eligibility Requirements

  • A doctoral student in good standing from the School of Medicine
  • Participants must not complete their doctoral degrees prior to completing the CTSA Scholarship period
  • A U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or non-citizen national of the United States (e.g. American Samoan); individuals on temporary visas are not eligible


CTSA Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

May I receive a Duke CTSA Scholarship if I am awarded another scholarship?

Is there a list of mentors from which I must choose?
No.  You may choose any mentor as long as he/she is approved by the Third Year Committee.  As both the CTSA and DTMI scholarships are clinical research scholarships, your mentor should be active in clinical or translational research.  

Do I need letters of reference for the application?        
Reference letters are not required for the Scholarship application.  However, you must provide name, position/title, and email address of three (3) individuals other than your primary mentor who are knowledgeable about your accomplishments and/or research interests.

Does my Mentor need to submit a letter of support? 
A formal letter of support is not required. The Scholarship application includes a page that your mentor(s) must complete.  Your mentor should provide strong evidence outlining his/her willingness to work with you on your research project.

How many Duke CTSA Scholarships are awarded each year? 
For the Duke CTSA scholarship, we anticipate awarding 2-3 scholarships annually.

What makes a student a good candidate for the CTSA Scholarship?
A student who is a good candidate for the CTSA scholarships is interested in clinical research, has a clinical or translational research project, and is considering making clinical research a part of his/her career.  

Can I talk to other students who have been CTSA  scholars?
Please contact Ann Hunter-Paschall if you would like to talk with previous scholars about their experience on scholarship.  She will provide you with a list of prior scholars.
Can I do a 9 month or 10 month scholarship?
No.  The length of the scholarships is not flexible.  The CTSA Scholarship is a 24 month scholarship. 

Can I take time off to study for the boards while on scholarship?
Boards may be taken at any time during the scholarship.  However, CRTP does not, as a program, allow time out of class for studying for the boards.   Different classes have different attendance policies, and study time may be available depending on the discretion of the teachers of the particular classes in which scholars enroll.   Dr. Edelman will work with individual scholars and teachers to create as much protected time for board study as is feasible.  CTSA scholars should give strong consideration to taking the boards in the summer between the two years of coursework.  If there are further questions about this issue before you apply, please contact Dr. David Edelman.
Can I do a clinical rotation while on scholarship?
Clinical rotations are not permitted during the classroom semesters for CRTP.

Will there be any group CTSA/DTMI scholar meetings throughout the year?
Yes.  Throughout the scholarship year, CTSA and DTMI scholars will periodically meet as a group to discuss their research and educational experiences.  These meetings will be facilitated by Dr. Edelman.  Scholars will also meet individually with Dr. Edelman to discuss their progress.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the scholarship?
You may contact the Program Director, David Edelman, or Stephanie Molner, CTSI KL2 and TL1 Administrative Coordinator.


This program is sponsored, in part, by the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Award, NIH Award number UL1TR001117.