Student Research Resources

Research Support at Vanderbilt


Office of Research - provides professional guidance, support services, core facilities and administrative expertise to all investigators

Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - Vanderbilt's virtual home for clinical and translational research which provides a number of support services from funding to recruitment to communication in order to reduce the barriers to research

Institutional Review Board - regulatory board responsible for reviewing and approving all studies involving human subjects

Animal Care and Use Program - comprised of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), a self-regulating entity whose primary function is to assist faculty, staff, and students in upholding Vanderbilt's determination of ethical and humane use of animals for research, teaching, and testing. The Office of Animal Welfare Assurance (OAWA) supports IACUC and the research community. The Division of Animal Care (DAC) is the service core of the Office of Research that provides procurement, husbandry, and healthcare for experimental animals, as well as scientific and technical support for Vanderbilt researchers.

The Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization - provides professional commercialization services to the Vanderbilt research community for research innovations

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announces the availability of the 2015-2016 Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (ICRF) for medical students. The program is open to medical students in good standing at any US-based medical school. Accepted students spend a year out from medical school to conduct mentored clinical research in developing countries coordinated through one of six hosting schools, of which UCSF is one. At UCSF, an annual stipend of $29,000 and up to $10,000 in research and travel funds is provided to each fellow.  In keeping with the wishes expressed in Doris Duke’s will, the Medical Research Program does not fund research that uses animals.

The application deadline is January 13, 2015. The start date of the fellowship is July 1, 2015.


Application Process

Medical students wishing to apply for an international fellowship must identify a UCSF faculty mentor and then complete A) the Doris Duke Common Application and B) the DDCF supplemental application for UCSF. These elements are described in detail below. More information available here.

Please note: No applicant interviews will be conducted.

A. Doris Duke Application Requirements:

See details and on the Doris Duke website here.

B. UCSF Supplemental Application Requirements:

The online supplemental application form is REQUIRED and must be received by the deadline.

  • Research Plan Title (should not exceed 255 characters, including spaces)
  • Research Plan Summary (should not exceed 250 words, or approximately 1/3 of a single spaced page)
  • Research Proposal (limited to 2,100 words or less or approximately three single-spaced pages. The plan should be divided into three sections: a) Research question, b) Background, and c) Study design) (You should work closely with your mentor on writing the research plan).
  • Research Plan Citations (should not exceed 700 words, or approximately one single-spaced page)
  • Mentor Endorsement. This portion of the supplemental application form must be completed by the proposed mentor(s) by the deadline. An application that does not include the mentor endorsement form will not be considered complete and will not be considered for funding.


DDCF International Clinical Research Fellowship Program

American Institute of Biological Sciences
Scientific Peer Advisory & Review Services

For information on how to apply, please visit the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship Web site.

For information about the UCSF DDCF ICRF program, please contact Kim Woodhouse (