The Duke Department of Neurology is seeking candidates for its Headache Fellowship program. Candidates should be board-eligible or certified physicians who are interested in headache and head pain. This one-year fellowship program is accredited by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Our headache fellowship program offers a breadth of education not seen in many other headache fellowship programs. Fellows will work closely with clinical faculty from throughout the Duke School of Medicine, including the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, and Psychiatry. Fellows will also gain exposure to a variety of patients coming to the Department of Neurology. 

The Duke Neurology Department recognizes that diversity and inclusion are necessary components of its mission of world-class patient care, education, and research. Our program is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community where all members thrive in a welcoming and engaging environment. Read more about our diversity and inclusion efforts across the Department here.

How to Apply

Applicants for the Duke Headache Fellowship should have completed a residency in their primary specialty and be eligible for that board examination. The Duke Headache fellowship will consider applicants from Neurology, Internal medicine, Family Practice, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), and Psychiatry. Applicants should review the employment requirements for all Duke graduate medical education trainees at this page. Applicants who do not qualify for employment cannot be ranked. 

Applications for the 2024-2025 year are now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2025-2026 year on March 1, 2024. Our program has transitioned to a match system with the National Resident Medicine Program. Please use the Duke Application form (linked below) to apply for our fellowship program and register for the NRMP match by reviewing the NRMP website.

Please note the timeline below:

Interview offers will be made on/after March 1, 2024.

In accordance with Duke Guidelines. All interviews will be virtual and held in the spring.

Match day: August 7, 2024

Please submit all application materials including the Duke application form, CV, USMLE and/or COMLEX transcript, personal statement and all letters of recommendation to:

Program Coordinator Chris Berry at

For more information, contact Fellowship Director Sweta Sengupta, MD, at, or Program Coordinator Chris Berry at

For more information about match information, visit the NRMP website.

Current Fellow

Headache Fellow

Past Fellows

Headache Fellow
Headache Fellow 2021-2022
2020-2021 Headache Fellow
Headache Fellow 2020-2021
Assistant Professor of Neurology

For more information about our fellowship program, contact

Sweta Sengupta
Director, Headache Fellowship Program
Phone: 919-668-2879

Tim Collins, MD
Division Chief, Headache and Pain
Associate Director, Headache Fellowship program


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