Duke-Margolis Scholars Program in Health Policy and Management

Duke-Margolis Scholars Program in Health Policy and Management

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

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 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

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 and Timelines


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

Graduate/Professional Students: Students entering the first year of their respective graduate school program are eligible to apply 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.

  • Online Application - Accepting Undergraduate Applications NOW!
  • Resume/CV
  • Most recent transcripts
  • Contact information for a professional/personal reference

Undergraduate process begins in March of each academic year, while Graduate students will begin the application starting in June. Selected scholars will start in the fall semester.


Undergraduates: Applications are open and are due on April 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Graduates: Applications will be open in May


Undergraduates: April

Graduates: June


August 2020

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Contact Us

For more information about the Margolis Scholars program, the application process, and/or other ways students can get involved with Duke-Margolis, please contact: 

Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, MSc, Margolis Undergraduate Scholar Director at janet.bettger@duke.edu


Corinna Sorenson, PhD, MHSA, MPH, Margolis Graduate Scholar Director at corinna.sorenson@duke.edu