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Call for Applications: VIU Graduate Seminars/PhD Academies 2023 and Summer Schools 2023

Duke University is a member of the Venice International University (VIU) – a consortium of 20 universities from all over the world with a campus in Venice, Italy.

Duke graduate students admitted to Ph.D. Academies and Graduate Seminars will pay no participation fees and will receive a grant from VIU to cover the costs of international travel and accommodation on the VIU campus in Venice.

For further information about VIU graduate activities contact Dr. Giovanni Zanalda (


Improving Research Practice and Transversal Skills for Young Scholars

September 11-15, 2023

Call for applications: December 1, 2022 – May 15, 2023 via the VIU website

Doing a PhD prepares you for a career in frontier research and education or for high-level roles in professional sectors where deep rigorous analysis is required. Besides the content specific to each discipline, there are some general procedures that are common and based on learning by doing and personal interactions. The aim of this PhD Academy is to familiarize young researchers to practice in research activities and to introduce them to their peers from other sciences and the challenges of the world outside academia. The PhD Academy will be highly interactive with several practical exercises.

Suitable for: This international PhD Academy is offered to PhD students. Specifically, the class will try to combine students in social sciences, humanities, and hard sciences.


During the Summer Term, VIU organizes and hosts a series of summer schools in cooperation with the member institutions. World-renowned academics come together in the unique setting of VIU’s campus on the island of San Servolo (Venice), where they engage with students of various levels. The goal of these interdisciplinary summer schools is to disseminate knowledge among students (undergrad, master’s, PhD, post-doc) and young academics, and to establish and reinforce research networks among the VIU community.

For Summer Schools DUKE students will pay a reduced fee to cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and social events. Students will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses, local transportation, and accommodation on campus.

For further information about VIU Summer Schools contact


Ernest Hemingway’s Presence in Venice & in the World, Now and Then

July 10-15, 2023

Call for applications: December 1, 2022 – March 15, 2023 via the VIU website

This interdisciplinary Summer School will take its cues from a short selection of accessible texts to explore Ernest Hemingway’s presence and influence in Venice and beyond. As for other places where he lived and worked—Pamplona, Key West, Paris, Havana—Hemingway contributed to the international aura of Venice. Reading his works in the Venetian context will not only give students access to one of the most important Modernist writers, but it will also lead them to an examination of history, geography, cultural critique, language, and culture centered in Venice. With his ubiquitous presence in Venice and in the World, Hemingway offers us a key to many an aspect of modern literature and culture.

Suitable for: Graduate students (MA and PhD) from various disciplines: Literary Studies, American Studies, Global Studies, History, Politics, Media and Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Art, Gender Studies, Queer Studies.

Science Diplomacy in the age of Climate Change

July 17-22, 2023

Call for applications: February 16 – March 30, 2023 via the VIU website

Science Diplomacy is a tool that recognizes science as a process for pursuing evidence and diplomacy as a process for dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders. In our increasingly interconnected world, there is a growing need for science diplomacy as we are confronted by issues concerning agriculture or trade, automation or cryptocurrencies, peace & security, global health pandemics, and climate change, among many other complex challenges. Our decision-making power is strengthened or weakened by the relevance, timeliness, reliability, and communication of information in a fast-paced changing environment. While academia includes specialties in translational science, public policy, health policy and other policy-related fields, these programs do not address the needs of the vast matrix of other scientific disciplines to provide students with training and tools to effectively partner and communicate with non-scientists, whether they are policy-makers, community leaders or the general public. This is Science Diplomacy at its core—partnerships to eliminate cultural, sectoral, and knowledge barriers.

Suitable for: Graduate students (Master’s and PhD) from various disciplines: Global / Public Health, Environmental Science, Economics & Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology & Demography, Biology, Engineering, Clinical Medicine. Advanced Undergraduate students will be also considered.

Advanced Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management

Aligning market needs with integrated sustainable transportation, logistics, and land-use planning: a unified approach

June 19-23, 2023 | 2nd Edition | Naples, Italy

Call for applications: February 9, 2023 – March 10, 2023 via the VIU website

The VIU Summer School on Advanced Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management is an initiative of VIU in partnership with its member universities Iuav, Stellenbosch, and Tsinghua, in cooperation with the University of Naples Federico II. This edition will take place in Naples, Italy.

The program develops an original comprehensive approach, bringing into focus the need for synergic engagement among policy-makers, planners, and private and public actors in transport, logistics and supply chain management.

Suitable for: Applications are welcome from graduates who have completed an undergraduate degree in Planning, Engineering, Geography, Economics, IT, Design, and Political Science. Applications are also welcome from professionals working in related fields.

Migration and Gender: Legal, Sociolinguistic and Literary Perspectives

September 18-22, 2023 | 2nd Edition

Call for applications: January 19, 2023 – May 21, 2023 via the VIU website

The Summer School on Migration and Gender: Legal, Sociolinguistic and Literary Perspectives offers an interdisciplinary approach to the ways in which migration intersects with gender. Gender is a constitutive element of migration. The course will discuss both this idea, and reversing the formula, it will examine the role of migration in shaping gender, understood as relational and performative. A particular focus will be on identity in relation to human rights and law, language, labor and culture. The course is an innovative exploration among three scholars in legal studies, literature and sociolinguistics, and the students.

Each discipline brings a unique perspective on the problem and set of instruments to analyze and deepen our understanding of migration and gender.

Suitable for: Applications are welcome from current MA and PhD Students in Sociology, Gender Studies, Literature, Human rights, Law, Labor and Cultural Studies