Call for Applications: Barr-Spach Medicine and Engineering Scholarship

Trent Semans Center (left) and Pratt School of Engineering (right)

The Barr-Spach Medicine and Engineering Scholarship was endowed to honor the work of Dr. Roger C. Barr, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor in Pediatrics, and Dr. Madison Stockton Spach, MD, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Chief Emeritus of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology. Students and/or Residents supported by this endowment will be designated Barr-Spach Medicine-Engineering Fellows.

The scholarship—administered through Duke MEDx—will support the recipients as they complete master’s degrees from Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. This competitive scholarship provides support toward tuition and fees, and is awarded annually to third-year Duke medical students and/or residents, who have been accepted into the MD-MEng dual degree program.

Recipients of the scholarship are expected to actively engage with the MEDx community, including, but not limited to, attendance to MEDx meetings at least quarterly, working with MEDx leadership on specific projects such as articles for the website, newsletter, or content for social media. Scholarship recipients are considered ambassadors for this program (administered through MEDx), which may include activities such as introducing the program to interested medical students. Hear from the recent scholarship receipents.

Discover the various Masters of Engineering disciplines available

The deadline to apply for the 2022 - 2023 scholarship is March 15, 2022

Please reach out to Donna Crenshaw, PhD, Executive Director of MEDx, to express interest in the scholarship in advance of submitting a formal application.  

If you are a Duke medical student:

Applications for the Internal Third Year Scholarships are processed through MyResearchProposal online application software. For application details and requirements, click here

If you are a Duke resident: 

Complete the short essay questions required for the Master’s application in lieu of a personal statement, and submit, along with your current CV and letter of support from your mentor, to complete your application. 

Submit to Donna Crenshaw ( and DukeMEDx ( by the 2022 application deadline.