Duke-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 a 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.
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Scholars Health Policy Education and Training Stipends
Professional Development Stipend
Scholars will receive a stipend of $2,500 per year (disseminated in the fall) to be used for educational, research, and professional development activities related to health policy.
Supplemental Experience Stipend
Scholars may request to receive a stipend of up to $3,500 per year to be used for unpaid or under-paid internships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
A summer internship in which a Scholar will gain valuable and relevant health policy experience, and the organization is otherwise unable to provide compensation or a sufficient level of compensation. These internships might commonly be with 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, or local, state, or federal government agencies.
A research assistantship with Margolis Core Faculty or staff on a health policy-focused research project.
A teaching assistantship for a Margolis-affiliated health policy course. Each semester the Margolis Scholars program team will send out information on any relevant TA opportunities.
"From access to cutting-edge research, to engagement with the faculty, to the guidance of my mentor, the Center really creates a wonderful energy around health policy."
Application Timelines and Key Program Dates
|Student Classification||Application Opens||Application Closes||Interviews||Decision Notifications|
|Undergraduate Students||OCTOBER 2023|
|Medical Students||January 1||March 10||March 27-31||
|MBA Students||Ongoing by invitation only|
|Graduate Students||April 10||May 10||May 30-June 2||June 7|
Key Program Dates
The Scholars program begins in August 2023.
- Most recent transcript (Duke or previous institution)
- Contact information for a professional/personal reference
- Responses to several short-answer prompts
Faculty Director of the Margolis Scholars Program
Margolis Core Faculty
J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management Sanford School of Public Policy
Program Coordinator -Summer Experience, Margolis Scholars
Policy Fellow for Institutional Research, Analytics, and Program Development
Faculty Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
Senior Advisor and Founding Director, Margolis Scholars Program
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences and Public Policy
Margolis Core Faculty
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member