Department Fellowships

D. Bernard Amos Fellowship Endowment

D. Bernard Amos

Dr. D. Bernard Amos was James B. Duke Professor of Immunology and head of the Division of Immunology at Duke University from 1962 to 1992. He was a world-famous immunogeneticist whose work revealed the human histocompatibility system and paved the way for human organ transplantation. An endowment established in his name supports the following awards and fellowships offered by the Department of Immunology.

D. Bernard Amos Research Award

The D. Bernard Amos Research Award honors those graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have made exceptional progress in the past academic year. Program faculty evaluate trainee posters describing their recent work, and two predoctoral and two postdoctoral trainees are selected for $300 first place and $200 second place awards. In conjunction with this poster competition, trainees invite and host a distinguished speaker for the Bernard Amos Research Lecture.

D. Bernard Amos Graduate Fellowship Award

The D. Bernard Amos Graduate Fellowship Award recognizes and rewards those graduate students who are successful in obtaining fellowship support for graduate training from sources outside of Duke. This award takes the form of an annual $3000 supplement for each full year of external fellowship support up to a maximum of three years. All Immunology graduate students are eligible for the program. To qualify, a student must be the recipient of an external fellowship that provides at least one full year of funding equivalent to or greater than an NIH F31 fellowship. Only fellowships awarded in a competitive manner and that recognize academic achievements and/or a meritorious research proposal will qualify a student for consideration. Students should notify the DGSA upon receipt of a potentially qualifying external award notice.

D. Bernard Amos Diversity Fellowship Award

The D. Bernard Amos Graduate Diversity Fellowship Award supports outstanding first year Immunology graduate students from historically under-represented backgrounds. The award takes the form of a one-time $5000 supplement. Eligibility extends to admitted students who are US citizens or Permanent Residents and who belong to historically under-represented racial and ethnic groups (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander) or are the first in their families to graduate from a four-year university. Applicants selected for this award will be notified upon their admission to the PhD program. The award will be offered on an either-or basis with the Duke University Dean’s Graduate Fellowship.