Fellow Research Academy

fellow research academy

The Duke DOM Fellow Research Academy (FRA) is a longitudinal support program tailored for aspiring researchers. 

The FRA comprises three interrelated components:

  1. Longitudinal grant development workshop: Fellows will learn to develop their own grants through large and small group work. Those ready to begin preparing career development award proposals can also participate in a fellow-focused grant incubator program led by the DOM Research Development Council team.

  2. Career development workshop: Fellows will engage in large and small group work led by DOM researchers.  Sessions will address high-yield topics custom-designed to support career development for aspiring researchers.

  3. Networking within DOM: Fellows will participate in networking events and individualized counseling with the DOM Research Development Council, which will build relationships across DOM and enhance prospects for long-term research success.

The FRA complements each research fellow’s existing mentor team by providing tailored training and a sense of community with other research fellows across DOM. Participants will engage in ~2 hours of organized FRA activities monthly. Fellows are encouraged to participate in the FRA throughout their designated research years; there is no limit on participation duration.

The FRA seeks to engage fellows from historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups. NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research are among the grant mechanisms FRA participants are encouraged to explore.

Information regarding registration for the 2024-25 FRA cohort will be provided in August 2024.

For additional details or questions, email Saini Pillai, MBA and the DOM Research Development Council.


Fellow testimonials

“As a result of this experience, I was able to meet colleagues in other divisions who share similar clinical and research interests. The strength of the FRA lies in the didactics and mentorship and networking opportunities it affords. I am truly grateful that this program was started prior to completing my fellowship program.” – Anika Lucas, former Duke Nephrology Fellow

“It's been great for the Department of Medicine to invest in fellows who are interested in research [through the FRA], because that's really important to the field of medicine as a whole…for folks coming to Duke, it’s important to understand that the Department is really looking to invest in people with research interests.” – Aaron Vose, former Duke Pulmonary Fellow

“It's easy to feel isolated in your own little research bubble…so hearing from other people [as part of the FRA] that are going through the same things has been a really good source of support.” – Isaac Smith, former Duke Rheumatology Fellow

"I can’t tell you how important the FRA was to [my K08] score, in particular, the one-on-one coaching...[my FRA participation] 100% laid the foundation for me to write this thing. I have to thank the FRA team for creating such a wonderful, useful and effective program." - Josh Parsons, former Duke Infectious Disease Fellow


FRA in the news!

This Week In Medicine - 4/25/2022