2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy.


The 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy offers week-long short courses that introduce Duke graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework and research. These short courses help emerging scholars prepare for high-level research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement.

Courses cover topics that are not typically included in a graduate curriculum, or that provide an intensive introduction for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who might not have the time or inclination to pursue a full course in a subject. Instructors are Duke faculty members as well as highly trained Duke staff members.

The Graduate Summer Academy welcomes all Duke doctoral and master’s students at any stage of their studies and all postdoctoral fellows.

Each course meets for three hours a day for five consecutive days. Space permitting, participants may choose up to two courses.

Courses are not for credit, but will appear on Duke graduate student transcripts. None of the offerings require prerequisites or assume areas of knowledge. Instructors will emphasize interactive discussion and group activities/projects to maintain a high level of student engagement.


See the list of 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy courses for descriptions and details, or explore below by area.


  • Web Development Basics
  • Introduction to Mobile App Development
  • Project Management
  • Data Science and Data Scholarship
  • Software Engineering Basics

Communication and Pedagogy

  • Planning and Publishing Digital Projects
  • Science Communication
  • Public Speaking and Presentations
  • Teaching with Archives

Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Leading Teams
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy


  • Science Policy
  • Civics for Graduate Students: An Introduction to the U.S. Constitutional System

Interpretive Research Methods

  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Digital Humanities: Working with Text


Program dates for the 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy are Monday, May 18 – Friday, May 22, 2020. Please note that one course, Teaching with Archives, will be held from Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29, 2020.

Morning sessions run from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions run from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. See 2020 courses and descriptions.


There is no cost for Duke attendees.


All Graduate Summer Academy classes meet on Duke’s campus. Most classes meet at the Fuqua School of Business; a few classes meet elsewhere on campus. Individual class locations are noted on the course list.


Registration for the 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy for Duke doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows is now open. Registration for Duke master’s students will begin on March 16, 2020. For help or for more information, contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.

Participation, Eligibility, and Enrollment

We will initially open the program to Duke doctoral students, including Duke law and medical students, and postdocs. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. After the initial registration period, the courses will be opened on a space-available basis to Duke master’s students. Course participation will appear on Duke graduate students’ transcripts. Most classes will enroll about 30 students, although some classes may be smaller or larger. Classes with fewer than eight enrolled students will be canceled.

Group Event

We will offer a lunchtime (11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.) workshop during the Graduate Summer Academy, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, to highlight resources available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Duke. The workshop be held in the Kirby Reading Room at the Fuqua School of Business. It will feature Scholars@Duke, and will also have a photographer on hand to take headshots that can be uploaded to students’ and fellows’ Scholar profiles.

Contact and Additional Information

For questions regarding the Duke Graduate Summer Academy, please contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu. Visit strategicplan.duke.edu/graduate-summer-academy for more information and FAQs.