Students, Apply Now for Summer 2023 Climate+ Research Projects

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Deadline: February 28, 2023

The Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (Rhodes iiD), in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability is now accepting student applications for this summer’s Climate+ projects. Launched last year, Climate+ is a vertical program within Rhodes iiD’s Data+ program, a full-time, ten-week summer research experience for Duke students of all class years and majors.

“The first cohort of Climate+ students successfully applied data science techniques to interdisciplinary research projects targeting an array of climate-related issues,” said Robert Calderbank, PhD, director of Rhodes iiD. “We are pleased to partner with faculty across Duke again this summer to offer new opportunities for students to learn data science skills that can translate to real-world environmental impact”

During Summer 2023, eight Climate+ projects will be offered:

Like the broader Data+ program, each Climate+ project team will be made up of two to four undergraduates and one graduate student, who will work in a communal environment to learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data. Graduate students (including master’s and PhD students) typically serve as project managers, helping their teams stay on track with deliverables and timeline; their compensation may vary.

In addition to developing new skills through project work, Data+ participants gain broad exposure to data science through interactions with guest experts and opportunities to learn from other project teams. Beyond these educational benefits, students in the Climate+ cohort will also have regular opportunities to engage with climate, environment, and energy researchers and practitioners.

All Data+ participants will receive a $5,000 stipend to arrange housing and travel. Funding and infrastructure support are provided by a wide range of departments, schools, and initiatives from across Duke, as well as by outside industry and community partners.

Climate+ reflects the goals of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate and deploy a generation of climate- and sustainability-fluent innovators and create just, equitable solutions for all.

“Data science is a critical toolkit to accelerate climate solutions,” noted Brian Murray, PhD, interim director of the Nicholas Institute. “We need more leaders who can wield data science concepts and methods as they identify and assess complex climate issues swiftly, initiate and inform innovative approaches to address the climate problem, and act nimbly to advance effective and viable solutions. Through Duke’s Climate+ program, students can prepare for climate leadership in diverse sectors by honing their data science skills and applying them to real climate challenges.”

Apply Now

Want to join a Climate+ project team? Interested students can apply at


Contact Trey Gowdy, Energy Data Analytics Lab research analyst, at

Summer 2023 Provost Internships for Duke Ph.D. Students

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Deadline: February 20 (priority), rolling through April 20, 2023

The Duke University Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Office of Durham and Community Affairs, supports professional development opportunities for current Duke Ph.D. students who do not have full summer funding. A number of experiential internships with external organizations are available by application, along with other internship and research assistant opportunities with Duke units across campus.

Interested Ph.D. students should review the opportunities to match both skills/background and research interests. You may apply to a maximum of two positions (this could be two external or two Duke internships, or one of each).

The priority consideration period is through February 20 at 9:00 a.m. Applications received through that time will be processed and shared with internship hosts. Hosts will begin a review of applications by March 2 and may reach out to applicants of interest for interviews. Applications received after the February 20 priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis through April 20.

All interns will be required to take the experiential workshop, GS950, during Duke Summer Session I or II.

Please see the FAQ section below and contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies at if you have questions.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through this Duke portal:

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Letter of application for each opportunity
  • Brief CV (2-page maximum)
  • Letter of support from your department DGS, indicating how the proposed internship(s) will enhance your intellectual trajectory.

Provost Internships

Browse, search or sort alphabetically by any column. Click on the link in the Internship Focus column to access more information. Please do not contact the host directly.

Organization or Duke UnitInternship FocusBrief Scope of Work
American Historical AssociationResearch & Publications OR Teaching & LearningConduct research on an agreed-upon topic such as research in support of teaching & learning initiatives or with Racist Histories & the AHA initiative
Diaper Bank of NCPeriod & Adult Incontinence Product Distribution ProgramsContribute to process evaluation of DBNC's distribution program for free period products to local public schools; activities include conducting and analyzing key informant interviews with community members involved in the period product distribution; OR Document local retail options for individuals seeking adult incontinence supplies in low-income census tracts; activities include quantitative analysis of community characteristics, mapping or creating other visual representations of local retail options
Duke Bass ConnectionsPedagogical Models for Project-Based LearningHelp design & conduct symposium for higher education administrators on approaches to fostering project-based learning
Duke Center for Computational ThinkingPh.D. Computational FellowshipParticipate in Summer Bootcamp: Introduction to Data Science; give short oral presentation of research question, exploratory data analysis and findings as a final project
Duke Faculty AdvancementEvaluating Excellence in Teaching & MentoringConduct landscape analysis of new approaches to teaching & mentoring effectiveness, to inform faculty tenure & promotion reviews
Duke Forum for Scholars & PublicsPublic Scholarship Community ProgrammingConduct internal & external research to inform strategies for collaborations; develop, promote & manage international online public events
Duke Graduate Liberal StudiesMaster’s Student Capstone Project Experience ModelsDevelop differentiated set of capstone options for Liberal Studies master’s students
Duke North Carolina Leadership ForumPublic Policy: Civic, Business & Political Leaders in Constructive EngagementConduct literature review; collect & analyze data; contribute to two planned writing projects related to NCLF’s founding, mission & impact
Duke Science & Society (AE+)Applied Ethics+ Project TeamsGuide & mentor 2-3 student teams throughout 10-week intensive program for undergraduates; participate in program management & assessment
Duke Social Science Research InstituteEquity & Community-Partnered ResearchDevelop academic manuscript from data analysis & reporting; develop practice-oriented guidance
Duke Social Science Research InstituteMentoring in AIDS Research Training Program for Clinical & Basic Science InvestigatorsHelp evaluate newly implemented programming for AIDS researchers designed to improve mentor/mentee communications within different cultural backgrounds, activities to include data collection, analysis & development of recommendations
Duke Social Science Research InstituteProgram Evaluation & Applied Social Science ResearchInform development of graduate certificate by landscape analysis of similar programs at other institutions
Duke Story+Project-Based Research in Humanities, Arts & Interpretive Social SciencesDevelop structures & best practices for team project management & mentoring for cultivating community across teams; support professional development for program participants; help facilitate symposium
Duke University PressUniversity Press FinancesConduct analyses of book production costs over time and of revenues compared to associated costs, to help inform future directions for publishing program
Durham Arts GuildEducation for NC ArtistsCollect feedback and data from local art community and Durham Art Guild membership base to formulate an accessible and equitable educational program for adult artists with a focus on real world business skills
Durham Arts GuildImpact of the Arts & DAG on DurhamResearch & collect information from Durham Arts Guild's 75 years to determine impact of the organization, & the arts in general, on Durham's growth & commercial development
Durham Technical Community CollegeEducational Programming for First-Generation StudentsAssist in developing targeted programming for first-gen students by researching data methods, best practices & funding support
Durham Technical Community CollegeForeign Language Curriculum & OER DevelopmentHelp develop resources and structures to accommodate a shift to 8-week courses, including development of a web-based open educational resource (OER) textbook (from gathering materials to managing layout/design to platform implementation)
Durham Technical Community CollegeEnglish/Communications Curriculum & OER DevelopmentHelp develop resources and structures to accommodate a shift to 8-week courses, including development of a web-based open educational resource (OER) textbook (from gathering materials to managing layout/design to platform implementation)
Durham Technical Community CollegeSocial Science/Humanities Curriculum & OER DevelopmentHelp develop resources and structures to accommodate a shift to 8-week courses, including development of a web-based open educational resource (OER) textbook (from gathering materials to managing layout/design to platform implementation)
Durham Technical Community CollegeGraphic Design Curricular Program DevelopmentConduct landscape analysis of existing graphic design programs; collaborate with Durham Tech leadership & partners to explore creation of graphic design program for Durham Tech
Durham Technical Community CollegeInterventions for Equity Gaps in Student Success RatesConduct literature review to identify interventions that reduce equity gaps in student success rates; work with instructors to adapt & implement
Justice MattersLiterature Review of Trauma-Informed Legal ServicesConduct a literature review that will examine the public health benefits to providing trauma-informed legal services
Society of St. AndrewHunger & Food Rescue IssuesResearch hunger & food rescue issues to help define impact of SoSA's work & strategize best practices
Triangle Center for Evolutionary MedicineTeam Science & Research AdministrationAssist in developing & delivering educational materials for undergraduates; engage with computational labs & applied field training experiences; plan & facilitate summer programming

FAQ: Summer 2023 Provost Internships

Are master’s students or professional students, including professional doctorates like Th.D. students, eligible to apply for these opportunities?

We are sorry; the internships are only available to Ph.D. students.

I am graduating from Duke with a Ph.D. this spring (or, I am coming to Duke this summer or fall). Am I eligible to apply?

No, only currently enrolled Duke Ph.D. students are eligible. Students who will matriculate in the summer or fall are not eligible.

I already have full summer funding, but one of these positions would be a perfect fit for me. May I still apply?

No, these internships are available only to current Ph.D. students without full summer funding.

I have partial summer funding. Am I still eligible?

Interns may receive other Duke summer funding; however, total Duke summer funding may not exceed $9,000.

I would like to apply to several opportunities. Is this allowed?

You may apply to a maximum of two (2) opportunities (two external, or two internal internships, or one of each).

I’m an international Ph.D. student. May I apply?

Yes, so long as you are residing in one of the U.S. jurisdictions approved for Duke employment: Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC. You should consult as soon as possible with Duke Visa Services for assistance with filing applications for Curricular Practical Training and any other visa-related requirements.

I am a Ph.D. student currently in the United States but living outside North Carolina. Can I still apply?

Yes, as long as during the internship you are residing in one of the jurisdictions approved for Duke employment besides North Carolina: Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Montana, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

What would a strong application for an internship look like?

Beyond submitting all the required pieces of the application, we recommend giving special attention to the letter of application and brief CV. The application letter should explain how the opportunity would enrich or further develop your academic interests. At the same time, internship hosts are particularly keen to identify the best candidates for the job at hand. Help the readers understand how you are well qualified for the position, and give some sense of what distinctive contributions you can make to the position and the organization or Duke unit.

How do I abridge my CV to two pages?

Only include the most important information from your longer CV (key elements of your scholarship; your most important fellowships and teaching assignments; etc.). Highlight details that best demonstrate your qualifications for the position. As an example, for a research-intensive position, you should include evidence of your skills in research and writing, such as publications. For other positions, you may want to offer more information about your experience with collaborative projects, website development and relevant nonacademic work.

How will candidates be evaluated and selected?

You will apply through this Duke portal. Complete applications that are well suited to the positions will be forwarded to the internship hosts. Hosts may or may not reach out to candidates for virtual interviews, which may happen on very short notice. Hosts will make the final decision on candidate selection, but notification letters will come from the Provost’s Office. If you wish to check up on your application status or have questions, please contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies ( Please do not contact the host directly.

What is the timeline for these opportunities?

Hosts will begin review of applications received through the priority deadline of February 20 by March 2.  Hosts will then consider additional applications on a rolling basis until April 20, 2023. They should make their decisions by that date. We ask all students to expeditiously confirm their acceptance/decline of offers. Internships will begin no earlier than May 15 and will end no later than August 18, 2023.

When will the internship take place? How many service hours are expected?

Internships may involve six weeks, eight weeks or twelve weeks of engagement, and must take place between May 15 – August 18, 2023 with no more than 19.9 hours/week, leaving time for students to engage with their own research, study and/or writing.

All internship opportunities listed are configured in one of the following formats:

  • Three months (12 weeks, 19.9 hours/week)
  • Two months (8 weeks, 19.9 hours/week)
  • One and a half months (6 weeks/19.9 hours/week)
How much will I be paid for the internship, and how will I be paid?

You will receive a stipend commensurate with the three options for length of engagement:

  • Three months: $8,415
  • Two months: $5,610
  • One and a half months: $4,207.50

Stipends will be paid across Duke’s June – August payroll cycles. Your summer tuition will be covered, and your department will also receive the summer health fee.

I am not eligible to apply, but I would love to collaborate with one of these external organizations in some way. How can I reach out?

This is not the time to reach out unless you’re eligible to fill the organization’s posted position. Please consider contacting Maria Wisdom, director of interdisciplinary mentoring and coaching programs, to discuss a long-term networking strategy.

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., 8 weeks instead of 12 weeks). Will I still be considered?

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.

Find a Bass Connections Team That’s Right for You

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Deadline: February 13, 2023

Duke students from all levels and schools are invited to check out the new Bass Connections project teams for 2023-2024.

Bass Connections project teams bring together faculty, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams. Most project teams collaborate with partners outside Duke, including companies, nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals and government agencies.

Project teams last for two semesters, and some include a summer component. Academic credit and summer funding are available. Students can apply to up to three project teams.

Browse the 2023-2024 Project Teams by Theme

Each project team page contains a detailed project description, anticipated outputs, student opportunities, timelines and a list of team leaders.

Student can also browse the full list of project teams, which can be filtered by theme, area of focus and special opportunities.

Bring Your Questions to the Bass Connections Fair on January 25

Students of all levels are encouraged to stop by the Bass Connections Fair on Wednesday, January 25, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Penn Pavilion.

At the fair, students can talk with:

  • Project team leaders and Bass Connections staff to learn more about new project opportunities and the benefits of participation
  • Representatives from the Story+ Summer Program to learn more about opportunities to participate on a Summer 2023 Story+ team
  • Directors of Academic Engagement and representatives from the Undergraduate Research Support Office to consider how to incorporate collaborative research through Bass Connections into their academic pathways.

Before You Apply

Take some time to learn how project teams work, review FAQs, explore the benefits of participation and browse stories from students about their Bass Connections experiences.

The online application will ask you to provide basic background information, a resume, name and contact information for two references (one of which should be a faculty member unless you are a first-year student), and a short-answer question about your prior experiences working with teams. You will also be asked to complete a few short-answer questions specific to each of the projects to which you are applying. You can preview the application here.

The deadline for applications is February 13 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Create Your Own Path

Need some help planning your Bass Connections pathway? Undergraduate students can seek guidance from Duke’s Directors of Academic Engagement, who will be at the Bass Connections Fair on January 25 and also offer individualized, hour-long advising appointments to guide students through the process of integrating Bass Connections into their academic plans.

Graduate students should speak to their departmental adviser and check out The Graduate School’s professional development resources to help guide their pathways. Professional school students should consider consulting with advising services and resources within their school or unit.

Learn More

Three Dozen Data+ Summer Projects Open for Student Applications

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Deadline: February 28, 2023

Interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges?

Data+ is a full-time ten-week summer research experience for undergraduates and master’s students. Students join small teams and learn how to marshal, analyze and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the field of data science. In Summer 2023, the program will run from Monday, May 29 until Friday, August 4.

Within Data+, students can apply to Climate+, offered in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, as well as Applied Ethics+, hosted by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society.

Participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, out of which they must arrange their own housing and travel. They may not accept employment or take classes during the program.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the end of February. Please see details and apply here.

Data+ is offered through the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke and is part of the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme.

Explore the 2023 Data+ Projects

* Related to a 2023-2024 Bass Connections project
† Climate+ project

Explore Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Through Story+

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Deadline: February 22, 2023

Student applications are now open for this summer’s Story+ research program. Applications are due on February 22 but will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so students should apply as soon as possible.

Story+ is a six-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students who work in small teams to bring academic research to life through dynamic storytelling. In 2023, the program will run in person from May 17 through June 30. Graduate and undergraduate students will receive a stipend for their participation. Please see details and application information.

Story+ is administered by the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute in conjunction with Bass Connections, with support from Duke University Libraries.

2023 Story+ Projects


The undergraduate research stipend will be $3,150. While we will help connect you to on-campus housing resources, room and board arrangements (on or off campus) are the responsibility of participants.

Graduate student project managers, whose commitment is for a similar time frame with more limited hours, will receive a stipend in line with graduate student summer funding requirements and expectations. The details of these stipends will be shared as soon as they are available.

Generally, students receive their stipends in two equal payments at the end of each program month, May and June. Please be aware that policies may require different payment paperwork and longer approval processes for students in select categories, including (but not limited to) international students, non-Duke students, DKU students, non-US citizens. In such cases, you may not receive your stipend according to the timeline mentioned above. Please email and/or contact the visa office and/or reach out to your financial aid advisor for guidance on making summer plans.



When applying, you’ll be able to select, and rank, up to three different Story+ projects.

For the application, you’ll be asked to provide the following information:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • A one-paragraph Statement of Interest per project chosen (250 words)
  • A one-paragraph Contribution Statement per project chosen detailing the experiences, strengths, skills, interests, and abilities in humanities research you bring to the project (250 words)
  • Up to two References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses)

The priority deadline for all student applications is 11:59 pm on February 22, 2023, but we will evaluate applications on a rolling basis, so please get your application in as soon as you can.


For any questions about the program or application, please contact

We strongly encourage you to review what project leaders indicate as to the desired qualities of team participants and if they request any supplemental materials for you to upload. Full details about each Story+ project can be found on the Story+ page.

Ph.D. Students, Create and Fund a Summer Internship Through GSTEG

Graphic with text reading Summer 2023 Create Your Own Ph.D. Internship, Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants.

Deadline: February 20, 2023


The Office of the Provost seeks applications from Ph.D. students who, with endorsement from their programs, wish to pursue a summer internship with an off-campus host that is related to their intellectual trajectory. This Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) opportunity is limited to current Ph.D. students without full funding for Summer 2023.

RFP released 1/10/2023
RFP deadline for submission 2/20/2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Anticipated recipient notification 3/22/2023
Funds made available 5/5/2023
Funds to be expended by 8/31/2023


The goal of this grant competition is to expand opportunities for Ph.D. students to augment their core research and training by acquiring additional skills, knowledge or experiences through an off-campus summer internship. We believe such experiences will lead to better preparation/training, whether for academic positions or other career trajectories. We will consider proposals from current Ph.D. students without full summer funding for internships with a non-Duke community organization, government agency, NGO or cultural institution, related to the student’s area of study. Successful applications will demonstrate how the activities associated with the proposed research experience align with the student’s field of study and research interests.

The GSTEG resource page includes information and advice about how to explore research experiences eligible for GSTEG support.

Restrictions and Parameters

  • All internships must have a non-Duke host (i.e., may not involve research, training or other engagement with a Duke unit).
  • Internships should involve up to three months of engagement. Internships must take place between May 15 – August 18, 2023 with no more than 19.9 hours/week of engagement.
  • Any proposal for an internship must comply with Duke University coronavirus response policies and the residency requirement detailed below.
  • International Ph.D. student applicants who reside in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction detailed below should consult as soon as possible with Duke Visa Services for assistance with filing applications for Curricular Practical Training and any other visa-related requirements.
  • GSTEG recipients may receive other Duke summer funding; however, total Duke summer funding may not exceed $9,000.
  • Internship hosts must either be based in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction available for Duke employment: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC.
  • All recipients will be required to take the experiential workshop, GS950, during Duke Summer Session I or II.


  • All current Ph.D. students who do not have full summer funding may propose internships. Students who will matriculate in the summer/fall of 2023 are not eligible.
  • Ph.D. student applicants must be resident this summer in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction available for Duke employment: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC.
  • Previous GSTEG awardees may not apply.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

Proposals should specify the type of internship being sought, describe the nature of activities and explain how the experience will contribute to the student’s intellectual trajectory and dissertation research. Successful past applications have made a compelling case for how the proposed experience would amplify the student’s intellectual agenda beyond the standard offerings within their program and opportunities otherwise available at Duke. The review process will be overseen by the vice provost for interdisciplinary studies and the executive vice provost.

Scope and Duration

In person, remote and/or hybrid internships will be considered. The proposed internship experience may last for up to three months in the summer and proposals may be configured in one of the following formats:

  1. Three-month (19.9 hours/week) internship; awardee will receive a stipend of $8,415 as well as coverage of summer tuition and health fee
  2. Two-month (19.9 hours/week) internship; awardee will receive a stipend of $5,610, as well as coverage of summer tuition and health fee
  3. One and a half month/6-week internship (19.9 hours/week); awardee will receive a stipend of $4,207.50 as well as coverage of summer tuition and health fee

Proposal Requirements

You will be asked to provide the following information

  • An updated CV (maximum two pages)
  • A brief narrative (maximum three pages) that articulates the proposed activities for the internship, how the experience will contribute to amplifying research training, and how it fits with overall academic, research and professional plans, and that also explains why the internship lends itself to a remote/virtual arrangement (if relevant)
  • A letter from the prospective host that offers details about the anticipated project or projects, identifies the person within the organization to whom the Ph.D. student would report, describes the nature of engagement with organizational staff members, specifies how the organization envisages a remote/virtual work experience (if relevant), and confirms whether the host can provide a 50% match of the proposed stipend amount
  • A brief plan (maximum one page) for any complementary training/research activities that a Ph.D. student will undertake during engagement with the host (such as other specific research activities or dissertation writing)
  • For those applying for less than a three-month internship, a brief plan (maximum one page) for how the internship will intersect with other activities (i.e., research or teaching)
  • A letter or e-mail of support from your primary faculty advisor, sent separately to the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies indicating how the proposed activities will enhance your intellectual trajectory
  • For international students, a description (maximum one page) of how the proposed activities align with visa requirements
  • A listing of all already awarded summer funding, along with concurrent proposals for other summer funding. If applicants receive news about other funding proposals after the submission deadline, they should provide updated information to the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.

To apply, visit


The GSTEG resource page provides:

  • Advice for Ph.D. students who wish to explore an individualized/custom summer internship
  • A link to further advice from the Duke Career Center about arranging a remote internship
  • Information about tax implications of internships occurring outside of North Carolina
  • Information about visa implications of internships undertaken by international Ph.D. students
  • Links to information about past GSTEG awardees


For any questions related to the online application and/or other logistical questions, please contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.

For questions about whether to pursue a GSTEG application, or to talk through specific ideas for a proposal, such as identifying a potential summer internship host and developing a proposed plan of summer internship activities, the following individuals can provide guidance:

  • Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Professional Development, Duke Graduate School, (any discipline)
  • Rachel Coleman, Director of Career Development and Education, Duke Career Center, (all areas of knowledge)
  • Maria Wisdom, Director of Interdisciplinary Mentoring and Coaching Programs, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, (humanities and interpretive social sciences)


What are the key elements of a strong GSTEG application?

The key is to articulate how the proposed experience will enhance your training in a substantial way and why the timing makes sense for where you are in your program.

Who is available to discuss whether a GSTEG proposal makes sense for me this year, given the range of options for seeking summer funding?

As with so many questions that confront graduate students, it’s a good idea to get input from multiple sources, though the mentors and sounding boards who make sense for individuals will vary. Your professors, your program’s DGS, key staff members with expertise about professional development, and peers can all be helpful; and you will need to discuss any proposal with your faculty advisor, since that individual will need to write a letter of endorsement on your behalf.

I’m a master’s student and would like to apply for a grant to fund a research internship.

We’re sorry – grants to support internships are only available for Ph.D. students.

I’m a Ph.D. student who is intrigued by the possibility of developing a proposal for a summer internship, but don’t have a good sense of how to get started. Who might be able to help me think about possible internships linked to my course of study and research interests, and guide me in reaching out to potential hosts and conceptualizing a proposal?

Several Duke Ph.D. students have had internships. The GSTEG resource page includes links to reflections from these students, as well as some more general tips. In addition, there are several individuals who can help you think through this process, including:

  • Melissa Bostrom, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Professional Development, Duke Graduate School, (any discipline)
  • Rachel Coleman, Director of Career Development and Education, Duke Career Center, (all areas of knowledge)
  • Maria Wisdom, Director of Interdisciplinary Mentoring and Coaching Programs, Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, (humanities and interpretive social sciences)

I’ve heard there are pre-configured internship opportunities with organizations that have previously partnered with Duke. Where can I find out about those opportunities?

We will be posting a set of Provost Internships – pre-configured fellowships, research assistantships, and internships, mostly with Duke units, but also with some external organizations, on January 23. These opportunities do not fall under GSTEG, and they will have a different application mechanism.

How much time should be planned for an internship?

The appropriate amount of time for an internship can vary, depending on the nature of the research project(s) that you would be undertaking with your host organization and constraints related to your course of study and obligations within your program. This year, we will accept proposals for internships that have a duration of three months, two months or six weeks, to offer flexibility as some students develop complementary activities for part of the summer.

How should I think about the organization where I might pursue an internship?

As you consider different hosts for a potential internship, the most important consideration in putting together a GSTEG application is how that experience will enhance your intellectual development. Ideally, you want to find a host that will offer you the opportunity to engage with research projects that both provide value to the organization and will be relevant for your course of study. It’s also crucial that the host provides you with a clear supervisor and a plan for engagement with staff, so that you have a window on organizational culture and decision-making.

Any proposed internship must comply with Duke University’s coronavirus response policies.

What are the tax implications of doing an internship?

Applicants for a GSTEG-supported internship should give careful thought to tax implications and other logistical challenges. Employment taxation follows the location of the individual taxed. Thus, if you receive GSTEG funding for an internship and remain a resident in North Carolina through the summer, you will be subject to North Carolina taxation regardless of the location of your internship host. By contrast, if you are currently residing outside North Carolina but still in the United States, you will be subject to taxation in that jurisdiction.

Keep in mind that Duke can only fund internships for Ph.D. students who, during the term of the internship, reside in North Carolina or in a U.S. jurisdiction available for Duke employment. These jurisdictions are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Applicants who currently reside outside of North Carolina but within the United States should note that even within these jurisdictions, there may be tax implications for income earned out of state, including separate withholding forms. Applicants should also consult their tax advisor with any questions.

Why do international students who want to pursue an internship need to reach out to Duke Visa Services?

International students need to remain in compliance with the terms of their student visas. Duke Visa Services can assist those students with fulfilling any additional requirements related to Curricular Practical Training provisions or other aspects of adhering to visa-related obligations and limitations.

Human Rights Summer Research Grants Available for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Deadline: March 24, 2023

Currently enrolled Duke undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for summer research funding from the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute. The goals of the grant are to strengthen global research opportunities for students interested in developing, implementing and working in human rights. Special consideration is given to students whose research projects contribute to a senior thesis or project, or to students enrolled in the Human Rights Certificate.

Students are encouraged to seek supplementary funding to complete their planned research needs from other Duke sources.

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, some restrictions may apply to the ability to travel. We will inform all applicants of any special considerations. 

Grants are available up to $2,000. 

Eligibility and Criteria

Students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Graduating seniors or graduate students in their final year at Duke are not eligible.

Students must be directed by a member of the Duke University faculty and conducted over a period no less than 2 weeks during the summer. Students are expected to be in frequent contact with their advisors and the DHRC@FHI throughout the duration of the project.

Projects involving interactions with human subjects online will need approval from the Duke Institutional Review Board. Read more here.

The deadline for 2022 applications is March 24, 2023. Please click here to apply.

Plug Into a Summer Fellowship in Energy Data Analytics

"Sparkly 3D model of networked points. Text: Energy + Data? Are you a Ph.D. student interested in applying data science techniques to energy challenges? Doctoral students at Duke, NC A&T, NC State, UNC-CH, UNCC, and UNCG are invited to apply for the Summer '23 cohort of interdisciplinary Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows. Apply by 12/9/22: Logos for Nicholas Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "

Deadline: December 9

The Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program at Duke University prepares cohorts of next-generation scholars to deftly wield data in pursuit of accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy systems. This program is housed by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke and funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Each Ph.D. Student Fellow in the program conducts a related research project, working with faculty from multiple disciplines and receiving funding for 3 months of summer support and $1,500 in research funds for computation and professional development. The fellows take part in regular mentorship and training workshops to improve their understanding of energy systems and data science tools as well as to enhance their skills at collaborating and communicating across disciplines.


  • Any Duke University, NC A&T State University, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, or UNC Greensboro doctoral student currently enrolled full-time in their degree program is welcome to apply. Note: As Duke University is the host institution for this grant, approximately half of the Fellowships will go to Duke students each year.
  • The student must be working with (or proposing to work with) two faculty members representing interdisciplinary expertise across both an energy application domain (e.g., energy technologies, systems, markets, and policies) and a data science field (e.g., statistics, machine learning, and other computational methods). These faculty members can both be from the student’s home university or one may be from one of the other eligible universities listed above.
  • Doctoral student must show evidence of genuine interest in research on energy data analytics topics that incorporate data science methodologies/tools. It is preferable if the proposed work plays a role in their larger dissertation objectives.
  • Applicants must be making successful academic progress in their home department.

Benefits for Successful Applicants

  • Three months of 100% funding support for summer 2023 covering student stipend and fringe benefits, and 50% support for tuition remission – up to a total of $11,117 (based on Duke University amounts). Details vary by home university. Note: No home-institution overhead will be compensated.
  • Funding for research supporting data collection, software tools, equipment, conference participation, publication, or other research-related needs up to $1,500 will be available to Fellows.
  • Mentorship and training from interdisciplinary energy and data science scholars.
  • Fellows’ work will be spotlighted on the Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program webpage and at an Energy Data Analytics Symposium in 2023.

Learn More and Apply

Please see details and contact Trey Gowdy with any questions about this program.