General FAQs

Financial Support

Is there financial support for travel during the program?

Yes. 2 scholars will attend one meeting in year 2, 5 scholars in years 3 and 4, and 2 scholars in year 5.

Program Specifics

How much time is devoted to training activities?

All scholars will devote at least 75% of their time to training activities, including their mentored research project.

When do I begin working with my mentor?

All scholars will begin working with their mentors at the inception of year 1 and devote a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week to their mentored research while pursuing didactic instruction.

How many mentors will be involved in the program and what are their areas of expertise?

There will be 38 mentors with expertise in mixed methods/evaluation, pragmatic clinical trials, health services research/outcomes, and health policy. The mentors will be skilled community engagement, health disparities, measurement, epidemiology, and health economics.

Who makes up the Advisory Committee?

The Advisory Committee consists of 6 Dissemination and Implementation and/or health services research experts who have ample mentoring experience.

Can K12 scholars have mentors both within Population Health Sciences and from other School of Medicine departments?


Does the K12 provide project funds in addition to salary support? If so, how much? What can scholars use the funds for?

Yes. The K12 provides $30,000 per scholar per year, in four different categories:

1) research expenses (e.g., supplies, equipment, and technical personnel, including those incurred via your mentor’s lab/research
2) tuition/fees for required professional development courses/activities
3) travel to scientific meetings or training
4) statistical services, including personnel and computer time

Does the K12 provide only 75% of a scholar’s salary?

The K12 provides a minimum of 75% salary support, since a scholar is required to spend a minimum of that amount of time on his or her proposed project or research (75% of full-time professional effort). The 75% is a minimum – the grant can potentially fund 100% of a scholar’s salary (commensurate with education/experience level) and, if it doesn’t, the remainder will be made up. The 75% is not a maximum.

What will K12 scholars officially be hired as?

K12 scholars will be hired into a position commensurate with their relevant skills, education and experience. Possible position titles (e.g., Assistant Professor, Research Instructor) will vary based on the individual.

What are the program expectations?

Scholars at the fellowship-level must acquire the knowledge and investigative skills to perform research and build a body of work significant enough to demonstrate competence as an investigator. Upon the program’s completion, scholars are expected to obtain a young/new investigator award or established investigator award from the NIH or other funding agency. There is also an expectation to acquire enhanced expertise and further experience as junior faculty members and mentored researchers.

How will my progress be evaluated?

Each scholar will meet the program director and executive committee on a semiannual basis. The scholar will meet with the program director and mentors to review progress made during the prior 6 months. This evaluation will be based upon a narrative self-evaluation by the scholar, the scholar’s oral presentation at the research symposium, an updated curriculum vitae, and copies of abstracts and publications.

How does this program differ from others at Duke?

There is no other program that trains faculty in dissemination and implementation to speed the adoption of findings into clinical care.


Can the program be tailored to my needs?

Yes. Each scholar’s program can be tailored to the scholar’s background and needs through review and discussion with the scholar’s mentors and approval of the executive committee.

What will the first year in the program look like?

With the research mentors scholars will:

  • Plan their mentored research experience
  • Review relevant literature
  • Prepare the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other required regulatory documentation (e.g., CRU, FDA documents)
  • Prepare study documents (e.g., case report forms, database structures)
  • Write at least one manuscript for publication focusing on the scholar’s research area (such as a retrospective analysis of an existing data set or a review of the state of the art in the scholar’s clinical research focus area).
  • Attend all regular research planning/progress meetings of the lead mentor’s

Can scholars take electives from other programs?

Yes. Scholars can take electives through:

  • The Duke-Margolis Center in collaboration with the Sanford School of Public Policy, the School of Medicine, and the Department of Population Health Sciences provides health policycourse offerings and research opportunities, as well as the exploration of collaborative policy-focused postdoctoral fellowships.
  • The Duke School of Medicine Community Health Elective to help understand the concept and practice of community-based and population-based health care.
  • The Community Engagement Practicum for Master of Biomedical Sciences Program engages students in a variety of population health improvement activities and a longitudinal population health improvement project.

Does the program provide any research internships?

There are required and optional clinical research internships through the Department of Population Health Sciences that provide scholars with exposure to a broad array of methods and procedures involved in dissemination and implementation research. Internships will run concurrently with didactic coursework during the first program year. There is a required 3-month joint internship between the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Duke Clinical Research Institute provides an optional internship where scholars gain hands-on experience in the coordination of one or ~60 ongoing multicenter trials.

Are there community engagement opportunities?

All scholars can opt to “rotate” through various community-engagement experiences, such as co-developing studies with community-based organizations, presenting works in progress to community advisory councils and multi stakeholder panels, taking community immersion tours, and enlisting in self-led community educational opportunities.


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