Duke-Margolis Scholars Program in Health Policy and Management

Duke-Margolis Scholars Program in Health Policy and Management

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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.


Click the link below to find out about the program and meet the 2021-22 Margolis Scholars. 

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Learn more about the Margolis Scholars Program in our informational video!




There are 4 program components for our Scholars program. They are knowledge building, community building & networking, skills enhancement & training, and professional development.

Scholar Funds

Margolis Scholars may use up to $6,000 per year toward the following activities, as approved by their faculty director:

Research Funding Support

Scholars will have access to a variety of resources to support their research, such as data sets, equipment, participant incentives, software, and more.

Professional Development

Scholars may use funds to support professional development opportunities such as conferences, training, workshops, and professional association memberships.

Summer Internship Stipend

Scholars may use up to $5,000 of their annual funds as a stipend for a well-aligned summer internship that is unpaid or to supplement a low-paying summer internship.

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Application Materials

  • Online Application linked below
  • Most recent transcript (Duke or previous institution)
  • Resume/CV
  • Contact information for a professional/personal reference 

"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."

Minahil Shahid Margolis Scholar

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Meet Our Scholars

Learn about our current and past Scholars

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Application Timelines and Key Program Dates


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Medical Students TBA TBA TBA


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* Medical Students please apply via the Duke University School of Medicine portal found here

Key Program Dates 

The Scholars program begins in August 2022. 

Please note that all Scholars programming is every Friday from 12-1:30, please place these times in your schedule for Fall and Spring. Program participation during these times is mandatory. 

Program Team

Corinna Sorenson

Corinna Sorenson, PhD

Director of Graduate Education Initiatives and the Margolis Scholars Program
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Margolis Core Faculty
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Melynn Glusman headshot

Melynn Glusman, JD

Program Coordinator