Register for Free Short Courses in the Summer 2022 Duke Graduate Academy

Register now for summer 2022 short courses in the Duke Graduate Academy.

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce a new session of the Duke Graduate Academy, which offers online short courses that introduce Duke graduate and professional 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 in the Duke Graduate Academy cover topics not typically included in a graduate curriculum, or provide an intensive introduction for graduate students and postdocs who might not have the time or inclination to pursue a full course in a subject. Instructors are Duke faculty as well as highly trained Duke staff and Ph.D. students.

The Graduate Academy welcomes all current/active doctoral, master’s and professional students at any stage of their studies as well as all postdoctoral fellows. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.

Program Details


2022 Graduate Academy Summer Session Course Descriptions

The Duke Graduate Academy Summer Session courses will be offered during Duke’s Summer Sessions I and II.

Each course meets regularly for one to two weeks. Participants may register for two (2) courses. Waitlists will be used for courses that are fully enrolled.

Courses are not for credit and are not graded, but will appear on Duke graduate student transcripts. None of the offerings require prerequisites or assume areas of knowledge. Classes 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 is no cost for Duke participants.


All Duke Graduate Academy classes meet online/virtually. Individual class schedules are noted in the course descriptions and in DukeHub. Meeting details and coursework materials will be confirmed by instructor email or through course Sakai sites.


Duke Student Registration — Courses are open to all current/active doctoral, master’s and professional students. Duke participants may only register for two (2) courses. Waitlists will be used for all courses. All course changes must be completed by the Add/Drop deadline for the relevant Summer Session.

Duke Postdoc Registration — Participants may only register for one (1) course. Waitlists will be used for all courses. All course changes must be completed by the Add/Drop deadline for the relevant Summer Session.

For help with enrollment and withdrawals or for more information, contact Amy Feistel at

Participation, Eligibility and Enrollment

Participation in the Duke Graduate Academy is open to current Duke graduate students, including Duke law and medical students, master’s and professional students. The Graduate Academy is also open to all Duke postdocs. Space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis during registration.

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

Contact and Additional Information

For questions regarding the Duke Graduate Academy, please contact Amy Feistel at

Check out these reflections from past participants:


I will be traveling during the summer. Am I still eligible for an internship?

Though brief travel outside the internship jurisdiction is permitted, you need to be physically residing in the jurisdiction approved for Duke employment for the duration of the internship to be eligible for the opportunity. International students should confirm their visa/residency status with Duke Visa Services.

I am available for less time than the full duration of the internships to which I am applying (e.g., I am only available for 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks). Will I still be considered for selection?

Your application will still be sent to the host for consideration. Your limited availability may affect selection if timing is important to the host, though you may be able to negotiate timing for the internship if selected for an interview.

I am planning to teach a course in one of Duke’s Summer Sessions. Am I still eligible for an internship?

You are not eligible for an internship if you are teaching a Summer Session course. When offered an internship, you will be required to make a choice — to move forward with plans to teach the course or to cancel the course in order to pursue the internship opportunity. The timing around this decision may be tight (a few days) so it is important to consider your preferences in advance.

Summer 2022 Course List by Area

Courses are being offered in the following broad areas. Additional information and links are available in each area.


  • Innovation Co-Lab


  • Science Policy

Communication & Pedagogy

  • Best Practices in Mentoring
  • Science & Research Communication: Communicating Your Research to Nonexperts
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Interdisciplinary Project Management
  • Online Teaching: Inclusive College Teaching
  • Planning and Publishing Digital Projects
  • Digital Humanities Research: Formulation to Publication
  • Digital Humanities: Working With Text
  • Public Speaking for Everyone
  • Teaching With Digital Archives

Business & Entrepreneurship

  • Leading Teams: Foundations of Teamwork & Leadership
  • Business & Organizational Fundamentals
  • Narrative Design Seminar

Interpretive Research Methods

  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
  • Evaluation: Understanding Impact & Improving Effectiveness
  • Introduction to Interviewing
  • Exploring Race and History in Durham, North Carolina and the South