CTSI Scholarship for Medical Students

The CTSI scholarship supports didactic and mentored training in clinical research through Duke's Clinical Research Training Program. Upon successful completion of all requirements, CTSI scholars will receive the "Academic Core in Clinical Research" certificate.

The CTSI scholarship will run from August 2020 to August 2021.
The application deadline is April 1, 2020.

Begin your application using the form here:  Internal Duke Scholarship Application Form 


CTSI Scholarship Benefits

  1. CRTP tuition will be paid in full.
  2. Opportunity to attend national meeting to present research.
  3. Research and study opportunities:
  • Work with experienced, world-class clinical researchers.
  • Conduct research of interest.
  • Establish contacts and network opportunities at university and national levels.

Required coursework for CTSI Scholars (to complete the program)

CTSI Scholars must complete a minimum of 14 credits in the Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP). The following courses are required of all CTSI 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 253: Responsible Conduct of Research. Prerequisite: CRP 242 - 2 credits

CTSI scholars may choose a minimum of 4 credits from the following elective courses:
Fall semester courses

  • CRP 257: Proteomics and Protein Biology in Medicine - 2 credits
  • CRP 264: Introduction to Immunology in Clinical Research - 2 credits
  • CRP 252: Principles of Clinical Pharmacology I. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of calculus - 2 credits

Spring semester courses

  • CRP 243: Introduction to Medical Genetics - 2 credits
  • CRP 245: Statistical Analysis. Prerequisite CRP 241 - 4 credits
  • CRP 249: Health Services Research.  Prerequisites:
  • CRP 242 & CRP245 - 2 credits
  • CRP 258: Principles of Clinical Pharmacology II. Prerequisite: CRP 252 – 2 credits

Your classmates will include other CTSA and CTSI scholars as well as fellows and junior faculty. You can read more about the CRTP at crtp.duke.edu. 

For further information please contact Stephanie Molner.


How to apply

Internal Scholarship Application 3rd Year Class 2019-2020.  All descriptions are located in Canvas, the Third Year website and in the application.


  • Review MyResearchProposal Application Instructions for 3rd Year
  • Use your Duke email
  • Review each scholarship description including:

o    Mentor requirements, i.e., mentor must be in the basic science department

o    Whether funds can be used for a 2nd third year 

o    How many months of research are required


  • Look over Internal Scholarship Application 3rd Year Class 2019-2020  document on Canvas and have all your documents IN PDF FORMAT ready to attach BEFORE you apply.
  • Access the application for the Internal Scholarship Application 3rd Year Class 2019-2020. 
  • Access the system and provide the access code MEDSTUDENT.

Whom do I contact?

  1. Secure mentor(s) and create a clinical or translational research project.
  2. Complete the Internal Duke Scholarship Application form and submit by the application due date. In addition to this application applicants must provide the following additional items:
    • 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.
    • A brief description clarifying the applicant’s role on the study.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions  

Is there a list of mentors from which I must choose?
You may choose any mentor as long as he/she is approved by the Third Year Committee. As both the CTSA and CTSI 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, applicants 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 CTSI Scholarships are awarded each year?
The number of CTSI scholarships awarded will be based on the number of quality applicants received.  

Is there a stipend for the CTSI scholarship?
No. The CTSI scholarship does cover CRTP tuition. The CRTP course offerings are not available to medical students who are not part of the CTSA/CTSI scholarships. Upon successful completion of the CRTP requirements, CTSI scholars will receive the "Academic Core in Clinical Research" certificate.   

What makes a student a good candidate for the CTSI Scholarship?
A student who is a good candidate for the CTSI scholarship 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/CTSI scholars?
Please contact Stephanie Molner 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 CTSI scholarship is a 12 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. If there are further questions about this issue before you apply, please contact Dr. Edelman.

Can I do a clinical rotation while on scholarship?
Clinical rotations are not permitted during the classroom semesters for CRTP.

If I receive the CTSI 1 year scholarship, is it possible for me to do a second year if I decide to at a later date?

Will there be any group CTSA/CTSI scholar meetings throughout the year?
Yes. Throughout the scholarship year, CTSA and CTSI 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 the program coordinator Stephanie Molner

I want to pursue the Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Research (MHSc).  Do I need to apply to the Duke Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) now?

No.  You will apply to the CRTP if you are awarded the CTSA or CTSI scholarship.  The program administrator will provide specific directions regarding the CRTP application to those individuals awarded the scholarship.