Welcome to Versatile Humanists at Duke

Versatile Humanists at Duke is the result of a multiyear Next Generation Ph.D. grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The initiative provides resources such as internships, one-on-one advising and project management opportunities to help Duke Ph.D. students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences prepare for fulfilling careers and impact both within and beyond the academy.

VH@Duke is supported by the NEH, The Graduate School and the Provost’s Office. Its mission is to prepare Duke graduate students to make a difference in their careers as humanists, whether inside or outside the academy. Offerings are geared to help future Ph.D.s in the humanities and interpretive social sciences flourish—in higher education, government, business, the nonprofit sector or wherever their talents and inclinations might lead.

Versatility is just as vital for successful careers within academia as beyond it. The many challenges now confronting higher education compel today’s faculty members and administrators to work in teams, span boundaries, navigate diverse work cultures and cultivate the habits of effective leadership. Today’s Ph.D. students in the humanities will lead and contribute most effectively with a diverse skill set.

Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, the new Director of Graduate Student Advising and Engagement for the Humanities, looks forward to advising graduate students on just about any question related to flourishing in graduate school, navigating among various professional development opportunities at Duke and preparing for both academic and non-academic job markets. Students can set up an appointment by emailing maria.wisdom@duke.edu.

Explore the website for more information about internships, innovation grants, advising, project management, resources and upcoming events.