Margolis Scholars Program in Health Policy and Management

About the Margolis Scholars Program

The Margolis Scholars program is a prestigious program for Duke University students that demonstrate strong interest in and commitment to a career in health policy and management, as well as leadership potential to improve health policy. Named in honor of Robert Margolis, M.D., the founder of Duke-Margolis and a pioneer of innovative integrated care delivery models, the Margolis Scholars program provides promising students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be the next generation of health care leaders.

Margolis Scholars is a competitive program open to students at undergraduate and graduate levels. Selected Scholars are engaged in the program for 1 to 2 years, depending on their program of study.

Program Fact Sheet

Program Components

The Margolis Scholars program has four key components: knowledge building, skills enhancement and training, professional development, and community building and networking. Activities offered across the four components include, but are not limited to:

Knowledge Building: participate in health policy coursework, attend bi-weekly Margolis Seminars, and engage in a multi-day intensive health policy workshop

Skills Enhancement & Training: participate in research, simulation and skills labs, and teaching assistantships, as well as plan policy events and participate in peer mentorship programming

Professional Development: receive 1:1 academic and professional advising/mentorship, attend professional conferences, receive internship/fellowship guidance and placement, and plan community service projects

Community Building & Networking: receive monthly policy newsletters, plan annual events, attend Margolis Retreat and other social/alumni events, and participate in unique opportunities to meet experts in the field

To learn more about the Margolis Scholars Program, check out our informational video.

Scholars Fund

Margolis Scholars will be eligible for up to $6,000/yr that may be applied towards the following activities:

Research Funding Support (access to data sets, participant incentives, equipment/software etc.)

Professional Development (attendance of conferences, trainings, workshops, professional association memberships etc.)

Supplement for summer internships (up to $4,000)

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements:

Undergraduates: Rising sophomores or juniors may apply. Applications are open to all Schools/Majors. 

Graduate/Professional Students: Students studying in the following Schools/programs are eligible to apply – Public Policy (MPP), Business (MBA), Law (JD), Nursing (DNP, PhD), Medicine (MD), Engineering (MS, MENG in BME), Population Health Sciences (MS), Environment (MEM), Global Health (MSc-GH), and Science and Society (MA). Students in dual degree programs within these respective Schools are also eligible to apply.

Eligible students apply to the Margolis Scholars program the summer before entering the first year of their respective graduate/professional school program with the following exceptions: Medical and PhD Nursing students should apply at the end of their second year and Law students should apply at the end of their first year.

Application Materials:
  • Online Application 
  • Resume/CV
  • Most recent transcripts
  • Contact information for a professional/personal reference

Undergraduate process begins in March of each academic year, while the Graduate/Professional application process begins as follows: Public Policy (January), Business (March), Medicine (April), with all other eligible graduate programs in May. Selected scholars will start in the fall semester.

Application Deadlines 2020

Undergraduates: Applications are now closed for 2019-2020. Application will reopen in April 2021.

Graduates: Applications for Public Policy, Business, and Medicine are now closed for 2019-2020. Applications for all other eligible graduate programs are now open and are due on June 5th by 11:59 PM EST. Select Interviews will occur mid- to late-June.

Decision Notification Dates

Undergraduates: April

Graduates: June

Program Start Date

August 2020

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