Kenan Institute for Ethics Invites Applications for Summer Fellowships

Kenan Summer Fellows.

Deadline: February 8, 2019

What does it mean to live an ethical life? Kenan Summer Fellows spend a summer exploring—in a variety of ways—the answers to that question. Between five and six fellows receive up to $5,000 and their faculty mentors will receive $500 to support their project and spend eight consecutive weeks between mid-May and mid-August, 2019, exclusively on the project.


  • The program is open to Duke undergraduates who are in their first or second year of study at the time of application; preference given to Ethics & Society Certificate students.
  • Students with all backgrounds, experience, and interests are encouraged to apply.

Application Information

  • Applicants must submit a three-page proposal (12-point Times Roman maximum, single-spaced, 1-in. margins) outlining their summer project. Proposals should include what they mean by living an ethical life, a detailed explanation of the project and how it addresses the issue of living an ethical life, the overall project significance, in what ways they are prepared for this project, dates of project, and a detailed budget. Here is a sample proposal outline.
  • Proposals must include a cover page indicating the student’s graduation year and project title.
  • Applicants must have their faculty mentor write a one-page reference (maximum) indicating the faculty member’s willingness to mentor the project as well as the applicants preparedness and likelihood of successfully completing the project. This letter should also include a plan for interaction over the summer (e.g., weekly phone calls or check-ins via Skype).
  • Applications are due February 8, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Applications must be hand delivered to the front desk of the Kenan Institute (102 West Duke Building) with the faculty member’s letter in a sealed/signed envelope. No late applications or separate references accepted.
  • A final decision will be made by February 22, 2019.
  • Note that funds from Kenan Summer Fellows cannot be combined with any other Duke summer research or fellowship resources.
  • If you are conducting research, you are required to go through the Campus IRB. We encourage you to start this process as soon as possible to avoid any delays in receiving your funds should you receive the fellowship.

Check out some past Kenan Summer Fellows blogs and more information about the program here.