This section describes various sources of available funding for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. We hope this information will help members of the department to identify and successfully compete for internal and external funding, and more importantly, help form new multidisciplinary collaborations within the Duke research community.

Click here for a list of external awards that have been granted to MGM departmental and programmatic students and post-doctoral fellows from 1999 to 2013.

  • Undergraduate Student Opportunities

MGM Summer Undergraduate Research Engagement (MGM SURE)

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology is pleased to announce a 10-week summer fellowship program for Duke undergraduates. This year, the program runs from June 1, 2015 – August 7, 2015.

Overall, the program aims to capture students who are interested in developing a research project in an MGM lab during their undergraduate years at Duke and completing their senior thesis based on this research. The program also aspires to prepare students to be scientific scholars immersed in sustained long-term pursuit of biomedical research. More …

Graduate Student Opportunities

Financial Support from the Graduate School
The contributions of graduate students are highly valued in the university, and Duke has a strong commitment to financially support the students it selects for graduate study. The Duke University Graduate School and its graduate programs offer a wide array of financial support. Funding is available from annually allocated awards funds, instruction, endowed fellowships, foundations and other private support, as well as federal research and training grants.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at  or visit their website.

Conference Travel Award from the Graduate School
The Graduate School provides up to $525 for domestic and $700 for international travel for advanced students who have passed all parts of the preliminary examination and are presenting a paper or poster at a national conference.

 For additional information, visit the website.

Chairman’s Travel Awards
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will award travel grants of up to $1000 each, to support graduate students associated with primary and secondary MGM faculty to attend national and international scientific meetings. These travel grants will be awarded to students that have successfully passed all parts of their preliminary exam on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts.

Send a cover letter, CV, proposed conference to be attended, and an abstract of the work via email to the DGSA. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least 45 days prior to the proposed conference. Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of receipt. Preference is given to fellows/students who have not received a Chairman’s Travel grant in the past two years, and the Selection Committee will strive to award only one travel grant per laboratory. A maximum of four travel grants in the amount of $1000 will be awarded per year.

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Mitchell Meritorious Research Travel Awards
The Duke University Center for Host-Microbial Interactions (CHoMI) will award travel grants, worth $1000 each, to support students or post-doctoral fellows to attend national and international scientific meetings. Travel grants will be awarded on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts.
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 Third Year Medical Students Opportunities

 Research Scholarships for Third Year Medical Students

Duke is unique among medical schools in that the third year experience involves a year of focused scholarship involving research, international travel, or public health aspects of medicine. This provides a unique and broad perspective on the role and possible impact of research in medicine, and as such can serve as a formative experience.  Because medicine and research are each very different pursuits, requiring different skills and approaches, graduates of the Duke medical school have an appreciation and understanding of the potential impact of research in the future trajectory of medicine, and as such, can serve as ambassadors between these two disciplines.

Beginning in 2010, there will be two $5,000 scholarships awarded to students conducting third year research in a laboratory affiliated with a primary or secondary faculty member in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. The MGM scholarships are named for past department chairs and for Thomas Mitchell, PhD, in recognition of his dedication to third year students.

These scholarships are restricted to students working in the field indicated by the name of the scholarship with a mentor (who has a primary or secondary appointment in MGM) on the approved list. Currently, it is expected that MD-PhD candidates and students receiving significant external scholarship funding, such as HHMI fellowships, will not be eligible for these scholarships.

Two of the four scholarships will be awarded in any given year, depending on the interests and availability of appropriate students. Applicants will be evaluated by a departmental committee. The four MGM scholarships are:

  • The Nevins Scholarship in Molecular Genomics
  • The Petes Scholarship in Genetics and Cancer Biology
  • The Keene Scholarship in RNA and Molecular Biology
  • The Mitchell Scholarship in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Additional information will be provided to the Office of Student Affairs, Advisory Deans, and Third Year Program Directors as these scholarship opportunities are finalized. Students should apply via the standard scholarship application available from the Office of Student Affairs, and the application deadline will be the same as for all other internal scholarships.

Questions about the Third Year Medical Student scholarships can be directed to Joanna Downer, at 681-8272 or

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

MGM Distinguished Fellows Travel Awards
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will award travel grants of $1000 each to support postdoctoral fellows associated with primary or secondary MGM faculty to attend national and international scientific meetings. These travel grants will be awarded on the basis of the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts. More …

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Biological Sciences
This page provides information on some fellowships for postdoctoral researchers in the biological sciences. To search for postdoctoral funding, see the Duke Database for funding opportunities.


Duke Database of Funding Opportunities

As a service for all researchers at Duke University and Duke University Medical Center, Duke’s Office of Research Support and Office of Research Administration provides information on funding sources for research and other scholarly projects.

This Funding Opportunities Database also contains extensive information on funding sources for Duke postdoctoral fellows and graduate/professional students.


NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts

The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Weekly updates of NIH funding opportunities are available through this site.


Duke Funding Alert Newsletter

 Duke Funding Alert is an online newsletter produced by the

Office of Research Support Funding Opportunities Team to bring you the latest funding news and information. Duke Funding Alert is published on the Duke Funding Opportunities website:


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact: Esther DeMarco, Grants and Contracts Manager at or 919-668-4454.