How to Apply


Applications for 2020 are now closed. The next application cycle will open in the fall of 2020. Please check back to apply for the 2021 cohort.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for this fellowship, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a medical degree (MD/DO) or physician assistant certificate (PA-C)
  • MDs/DOs must be board certified or board eligible in family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics
  • Be employed in a primary care practice as a primary care physician/physician assistant for at least two years. Note: Residency does not count toward this requirement.
  • Fellows must work in North Carolina during the fellowship, and must be able to attend in-person components of the fellowship on Duke's campus. Note: This fellowship is ideally suited for Duke University/Duke University Health System employees, however Duke employment is not a requirement.

About the Application

Applicants must submit a CV, letter of support from practice (download a template), a personal essay, and a project proposal.

The personal essay must be no more than 500 words and include the following information:

  • Reasons you want to be a fellow, including a discussion of your major strengths and qualifications for the program.
  • How the fellowship experience will affect your overall career goals and direction.

Applicants must submit a project proposal (500-1,000 words) that describes the transformation project you would like to complete during the fellowship term. Your proposed project should focus on a topic that is relevant to your work and the work of your practice. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the project topic with your practice prior to applying. Projects related to opioids, obesity, and behavioral health are encouraged, but not required. (NOTE: The goal of this proposal is to give reviewers a general sense of a project initiative that is important to the applicant and what the applicant hopes to accomplish. However, we recognize that project plans may require some level of modification over time, and the fellowship will be flexible to allow for those changes.)

The project proposal must include the following:

  • Introduction, goal, and vision: Provide an overview of your chosen transformation topic, an explanation of why it is important, and details about the project location (e.g., your work site). What is your goal for this project? What is your vision for the future and how will this project move you closer to your vision?
  • Practice transformation: Please describe how transformed you believe your practice is now. What do you hope to do through this fellowship to move toward more practice transformation? For reference, see What is Primary Care Transformation?

NOTE: Upon acceptance into the program, you and your employer must sign a Duke MOU agreement for you to participate in this fellowship to solidify your agreement with the fellowship requirements.

Contact Us

Please contact Courtney Simpson,, with any questions.