Dean's Clinical Research Fellowship - DCRF
The DCRF is a fully-funded fellowship programme offered to AKU's medical graduates looking to strengthen their clinical research portfolios. This one-year fellowship position focuses on providing valuable exposure to various aspects of clinical research in specific areas of interest, involving both practical research as well as focused teaching sessions and workshops.
DCRF's first cycle ran from 2020-2021; it was regarded as a great success, with 21 graduating fellows having worked on over 150 projects while applying for grants worth more than USD 10 million. Some notable and high impact projects were developed by the first batch of fellows such as the establishment of Pakistan's National COVID Tele-ICU and the CANSINO Covid Vaccine trial. Following their success, the second DCRF cycle (2021-2022) is hosting 26 enrolled fellows.
Each fellow is matched with an individual from, or a group of, AKU Medical College faculty with strong clinical research backgrounds and various ongoing projects. The fellows actively work on these projects and report directly to the faculty they are matched with, while also helping to liaise between faculty, residents, medical students, and AKU’s other invaluable resources i.e. research office, ERC, library, biostatistics teams, digital health resources, technology innovation support centre, patent office, funding resources, etc. Each fellow is provided with office space within CITRIC which includes access to meeting rooms, access to university and hospital resources, and substantial opportunities to interact with specialists from multiple disciplines; all of which are essential to quality clinical research processes. Faculty are responsible for ensuring that their respective fellows are mentored effectively, gain reasonable exposure to a spectrum of clinical research, and are able to attain a reasonable number of publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
Faculty: Apply if you would like to mentor and work with a fellow for one year. Faculty applying as part of a research group will be given preference.
Graduating Students and Fresh Alumni: Kindly await a call for applications circulated to all students. Students who are already working with a faculty or group may continue their work once enrolled in DCRF.
Kindly contact Dr Shahzad Shamim, Director DCRF, and Dr Asad Ali, Associate Dean Research, with any feedback or queries.