Master's Student Research Fellowship Program

The Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering provides fellowships to support the research of Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students in Biomedical Engineering.

"The fellowship gave me the opportunity to do interdisciplinary research while still contributing to my education at Duke.”

Jawad Hoballah
Fellowship recipient and BME Master of Science candidate
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To be considered for the program, students must submit a research plan and a letter of recommendation from the faculty advisor who would oversee the supported work.

Eligibility and application details follow below.

Applications are taken during the spring semester.

Fellowship Details


The program is for Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students.

All students who are pursuing the thesis option for the MS degree, or are engaged in at least a semester long independent study research project in the laboratory of a BME primary or secondary faculty member, are eligible. Students must be carrying out research in BME research labs to be eligible.


Students may request funding for one semester or two semesters.

  • For 1 semester projects: applicants may apply for Spring, Summer or Fall semesters
  • For 2 semester projects: applicants may apply for Spring and Summer semester, Spring and Fall semesters, or Summer and Fall semesters


The amount awarded will vary depending on the nature of the project, and will typically range between $250 and $1,000 per semester. The funds will be directly disbursed to the faculty member, and will be used to support the research of the awardee.

The maximum amount that can be requested for research over two semesters is $2,000.

How to Apply

Application Materials

  1. A two-page application that contains: (1) Title, (2) Objective and Specific Aims, (3) Significance, (4) Research Plan, and a brief (5) Justification and Description of the use of funds. Figures and Tables count toward the two-page limit, but references do not.
  2. A one-page curriculum vitae
  3. A short letter or e-mail from the faculty mentor, attesting that the student applicant is currently, or will be, performing research in the laboratory of the faculty member and that she or he supports the application. To be submitted separately by the faculty member.

Submission Process


  • All application materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT, April 1

Award date

  • Awards will be announced later in April

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