Call for Applications – Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists Program at WUSM

Letters of Intent and Applications Due: April 1st

The Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists (DDFRCS) Program assists with the needs of junior or mid-career faculty facing extraprofessional demands. The DDFRCS also provides broad-based education to raise awareness, and implement new interventions, resources and mentoring to support junior faculty facing extraprofessional challenges.


  • One-year grants of $30,000 – $50,000 (with the possibility of a second year) to fund a wide variety of assistance including salary for technical or administrative support*. Up to 25% salary support to be used to reduce clinical obligations
  • Two mentors appointed by the program for career development advice and sponsorship
  • Annual meetings with current scholars, alumni and senior faculty to foster relationships and ongoing networking opportunities
  • Bi-annual programs focused on career development training


  • WU Physician Scientists (MD, DO, or MD/PhD degree) at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level (within 10 years of Assistant Professor appointment)
  • PI on a NIH, other federal agency or foundation-sponsored grant for a research project or career development
  • Able to provide a compelling rationale for why funds are needed to maintain scientific productivity in the face of extraprofessional personal demands

Application and additional information may be found at: 

For questions, please email