With five fellowship positions annually, Duke University’s Nephrology program offers you one of the most highly sought-after career opportunities in medicine. Expect to accomplish great things here in a truly fellow-driven learning environment among a diverse group of faculty and trainees.

Work-life balance is important to us. Our call is covered by a night float system that has been in place for 5 years. During your training you will be supported by mentors, program directors, and faculty. Our goal is to provide personalized training. Your individual success our first priority.

What makes the Duke Fellowship different?

  • Large Academic Referral Hospital
  • Night Float
  • Integrated VA Experience
  • Fellow Driven Program Improvements
  • 1st Year Outpatient Clinical Immersion
  • Internal Moonlighting for Upper Level Fellows
  • Glomerulonephritis Clinic
  • POCUS Curriculum
  • Onconephrology Clinic
  • Flexible Research Scholar Pathways
  • Well-Developed Clinical Concentrations
  • Faculty Engaged in Education
  • Longitudinal Transplant Exposure
  • Individualized Career Development
  • Longitudinal Experience in Home-suitable Dialysis
  • Interventional Nephrology Exposure
  • Cultural, social and recreational activities of Durham, NC and Research Triangle area
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Best Midsize City

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Best Places to Live

“Best Places To Live” by U.S. News & World Report

Durham, North Carolina is a wonderful place to live, learn and train, and is commonly recognized for its availability of jobs, relatively low cost of living, affordable housing, safe streets, mild climate, culture and recreation. Learn more about Durham.

Find out why Durham is North Carolina’s hippest city or visit Duke University's comprehensive website on living in Durham.

Explore our outstanding career path options. Check out our social media, Twitter: @DukeKidney, YouTube: Duke Kidney, Instagram: dukekidney. Come visit campus and see our clinical and research facilities firsthand. Then, consider making Duke your Nephrology match. You’ll emerge more than prepared to lead your field and enjoy career excellence, a lifetime of achievement, and make a difference in patients’ lives, every day.

Choose among three Scholar Pathways, which can be tailored to your objectives and goals:

clinical concentration

Clinical Concentration Pathway

(2 years)

Capitalize on specific Duke Nephrology expertise in kidney transplantation, geriatric and palliative care, or home-suitable dialysis (peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis)

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clinical investigator

Clinical Investigator Pathway

(3-4 years)

Receive advanced training in biostatistics, study design and epidemiology and have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Health Science degree.

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biomedical science

Biomedical Science Investigator Pathway

(3-4 years)

Choose a laboratory and mentor during your first year after consultation with the division chief, and receive additional mentorship from the Robert J. Lefkowitz Society as you focus on basic and translational research.

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Educating tomorrow's leaders for more than 50 years

Over 215

Fellow Graduates


Division Chiefs

53% Graduates

in Academic Positions in the Past 10 Years

47% Graduates

Hold Private Practice Jobs

Here's what your years will look like. To see years one through three of your fellowship and rotational schedules, click here.


A rich history of research and clinical excellence.

The faculty of Duke Nephrology embodies the entire field of Nephrology. We have led the way from our first living donor transplant, to the ascertainment of genetic causes of kidney disease, to the mechanisms of hypertension pathogenesis.

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A half a century of Duke Nephrology highlights:


full-time faculty members


kidney transplants performed annually


Patients on Home Dialysis Modalities


patients on chronic dialysis cared for

Career development awards

Over the last 15 years, Duke Nephrology fellows have been recognized for their outstanding research. View their awards and achievements here.

About the NC KUH TRIO NIH U2C/TL1 training grant


The Duke Nephrology fellowship program maintains an active NIH training grant. This is called the North Carolina Kidney, Urology, and Hematology Training, Research, Innovation, and Outreach Program (NC KUH TRIO Program). This is an NIH Funded Training Grant (U2C/TL1) Spanning Duke, UNC, Wake Forest. Provides support, networking, resources for trainees interested in careers dedicated to research.

This provides intensive training to Nephrology fellows in areas that relate to normal kidney physiology as well as the pathogenesis of kidney diseases and hypertension in both biomedical and clinical research.

Completion of this program permits trainees to pursue careers as academicians conducting high quality research in clinical, translational and basic aspects of nephrology and hypertension.

Our faculty’s wide range of interests and disciplines includes:




Bone and mineral metabolism


CKD and cardiovascular disease


Diabetic nephropathy


Genetic kidney disease


Hypertension pathogenesis


Immunology and glomerulonephritis



For physician scientists, the program is structured around two to three years of intensive laboratory experience working closely with a high-quality preceptor. For trainees with M.D. degrees, the program provides one year of clinical training followed by at least two years of research training. Supplementing your research experience will be formal course work, research seminars and journal clubs. Upon completion of your fellowship, you will rank among the top physicians in Nephrology in the nation.

Diversity in all we do.

Duke Nephrology Team

Duke Nephrology is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion within our faculty, staff, students and scientific agenda. Our diverse views, opinions and backgrounds are what unite us in the fight against kidney diseases and hypertension. We strive to be inclusive of all dimensions of diversity, including, but not limited to, age, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion. Please see the link for additional information about the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.