Eligibility & Requirements


Amgen Scholars U.S. Program applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents;
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in accredited four-year colleges or universities in the United States, Puerto Rico or other U.S. territories; and
  • Sophomores (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors or non-graduating seniors (who are returning in the fall to continue undergraduate studies).

U.S. Program applicants must also have:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above; and
  • An interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.- Ph.D.

*Previous research experience is not a requirement for participation in the program.


  • Participate fully for 10 weeks in the Amgen Scholars Program. Amgen Scholars must be present for the entirety of the program. Because Amgen Scholars will be involved in full-time research that may require evening/weekend commitments, scholars may not take courses or work during the duration of the program.
  • Live in on-campus housing with fellow Duke Amgen Scholars.
  • Participate fully in the laboratory culture of the research group, including lab meetings or other gatherings.
  • Attend all required seminars, workshops, weekly activities, and social events.
  • Attend the Amgen Scholars National Symposium in July at UCLA.
  • Present summer research project at final poster session.
  • Complete pre- and post-program surveys.
  • Visiting students are required to have health insurance. Participants will be asked to complete the Duke Health Insurance Verification Form prior to the first day of the program.
  • Successful completion of Duke Laboratory Safety Program (online training modules) - more info will provided once admitted to program.

Duke University Community Commitment

Because diversity is essential to fulfilling the university’s mission, Duke is committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community.  Every student, faculty, and staff member —whatever their race, gender, age, ethnicity, cultural heritage or nationality; religious or political beliefs; sexual orientation or gender identity; or socioeconomic, veteran or ability status—has the right to inclusion, respect, agency and voice in the Duke community.  Further, all members of the University community have a responsibility to uphold these values and actively foster full participation in university life.