Duke Graduate Summer Academy Offers Second Session of Free Online Short Courses

Graduate Summer Academy.

Update: The 2020 Duke Graduate Summer Academy will offer a second session of online short courses. Registration is open from June 8 to June 17 at noon. Please feel free to contact Amy Feistel (amy.feistel@duke.edu) with questions.

Please see the 2020 Graduate Summer Academy Course Descriptions and registration page.

About the Duke Graduate Summer Academy

Together Duke is pleased to announce the Duke Graduate Summer Academy, which offers online short courses that introduce Duke graduate students (both doctoral and masters) and postdoctoral fellows to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework/research. These short courses help emerging scholars prepare for high-level research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement.

Courses in the Duke Graduate Summer Academy cover topics 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 doctoral and masters students at any stage of their studies and all postdoctoral fellows. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.


The Duke Graduate Summer Academy Session II courses will be offered June 22 through July 10, 2020.

Each course meets for up to three hours per day for 1 – 2 weeks. Space permitting, participants may register for one (1) course. Waitlists will be used and students will be notified if they are moved from a waitlist to active course enrollment.

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


There will be no cost for Duke participants.


All Graduate Summer Academy classes meet online/virtually. Individual class schedules are noted in the course descriptions. Meeting details will be confirmed by email or through the Graduate Summer Academy Sakai site.


Registration is open June 8 to June 17 at noon.

Please see the registration page. For help or for more information, contact Amy Feistel at amy.feistel@duke.edu.

Participation, Eligibility, and Enrollment

Participation in the Duke Graduate Summer Academy is open to Duke doctoral students, including Duke law and medical students, postdocs, and master’s students with space filled on a first-come, first-served basis during the registration window detailed above.

Course participation will appear on Duke graduate students’ transcripts. Most classes will enroll 30 students, although some classes may be smaller or larger. Classes with fewer than 8 enrolled students will be canceled.

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 answers to frequently asked questions. We offer the following reflections from past participants: