Eligibility Requirements

What is an exceptional care giving burden?

What is exceptional is a frequent question. As an example, the birth of a child or adoption is not viewed as exceptional. The following examples are considered exceptional care giving burdens:

  • Preterm birth and complicated newborn course
  • Lengthy out-of-state residential rehabilitation for a child
  • Prolonged hospitalization of a child or spouse
  • Primary responsibility for hospice care for a parent

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply you must be:

  • Facing extraordinary care giving pressures and
  • Faculty at the rank of instructor or above and
  • Not use animals or primary tissues derived from animals in your research and 
  • Have a career development award such as a K that protects at least 75% of your time for research/training

Your Scientific Concierge will tailor your assistance to your eligibility and individual needs.


For questions about the program, or to apply, please email Helen Bird, Program Manager, or call 615 322 4785.


The Partnership in Actively Retaining Talented Early-career Researchers, or Doris Duke Partners, is made possible by funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.