Bass Connections Announces 2021-2022 Project Teams

2021-22 project teams.

Deadline: February 12, 2021

Duke students from all levels and schools are invited to check out the new Bass Connections project teams for 2021-2022.

The deadline for applications is February 12 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

A university-wide program, Bass Connections engages students in collaborative research on complex societal challenges, working alongside faculty from across Duke. Most project teams collaborate with partners outside Duke, including companies, nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals and government agencies. Many team members take their research further through grants, theses and other opportunities at Duke and beyond.

Project teams last for two semesters, and some include a summer component. Academic credit and summer funding are available.

Browse the 2021-2022 Project Teams by Theme

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

Talk to Team Leaders at the Bass Connections Virtual Fair on January 29

Students of all levels are encouraged to register for the Bass Connections Virtual Fair on Friday, January 29. Teams participating in the fair will each be available for live Q&A and discussion during a one-hour block of time between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. EST and 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. EST. Please review the times and Zoom links for each team and register for the fair to receive the passcode to access each Zoom room.

Students can drop into a Zoom session at any time to talk with project team leaders, Bass Connections staff, representatives from the Story+ Summer Program and Directors of Academic Engagement.

Students are also encouraged to view the short video overviews posted to the Virtual Fair page. Videos will be posted as they become available, but we expect the majority of videos to be posted by January 23.

Create Your Own Path

Need some help planning your Bass Connections pathway? Undergraduates can seek guidance from Duke’s Directors of Academic Engagement, who offer individualized, hour-long advising appointments to guide students through the process of integrating Bass Connections into their academic plans.

Graduate students can access a number of resources to guide their pathways, and the professional schools offer tailored advising services to their students. Ph.D. students in the humanities can consult with Duke’s Director of Graduate Student Advising and Engagement in the Humanities.

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. Please note that students can apply for up to three project teams.

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Student Applications Are Open for the 2021 Story+ Summer Program


Deadline: February 19, 2021

Interested in exploring interdisciplinary humanities research topics and methodologies? Student applications are now open for this summer’s Story+ research program. The application deadline is February 19, but applications 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 2021, the program will be offered remotely during Summer Session 1, from May 12 through June 25. Undergraduate students will receive a competitive stipend for participation. Graduate students can receive a stipend or travel support up to $2,500. Please see details and application information.

Explore the 2021 Story+ Projects

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

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Explore Data+ Projects for Summer 2021 and Apply Now


Deadline: February 26, 2021

Interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges? Student applications are now open for this summer’s Data+ research program. The application deadline is February 26, but applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so students should apply as soon as possible.

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 2021, the program will run from June 1 through August 6.

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

2021 Data+ Projects

Check out the virtual Data+ Information Fair on January 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. Register here.

New Fellowship in Computational Humanities for Ph.D. Students in English

The Rhodes iiD Doctoral Fellowship in the Computational Humanities is an opportunity for English doctoral students at Duke University to receive training in the methodology and theory of computational and digital literary studies. The fellowship program will introduce students to both research and pedagogical practices using computational methods. Fellows will also gain an understanding of the quickly-developing critical questions and methodologies that drive scholarship in the digital humanities.

Through workshops and mentoring, the fellowship creates a collaborative environment where English PhD students can acquire the necessary skills to translate their teaching and research interests into a digital or computational project. The projects undertaken as part of the fellowship aim to advance and complement the students’ dissertation research and their teaching within the English department. Because of this, the students will be required to design and create projects that reflect their core areas of research. Fellows are encouraged, though not required, to work towards a conference presentation or a publication for their project. At the end of each year of the program, they will share their completed projects on a public-facing website as well as present their work in a public panel.

Structure of Fellowship Program

  • Applications are due at the end of the third year of doctoral studies (see the application information page for details)
  • Fellowship starts at the beginning of the fall semester of the student’s fourth year and ends at the end of the summer following the student’s fifth year:
    • Students are expected to continue work on their digital project during the summers. If the fellow graduates at the end of year 5 of their program, they will be asked to use that summer’s award to complete the project’s website and move towards publication or conference presentation of the project where possible.
    • The first year will focus on designing a project and, if the option is selected, carrying out the project within the student’s English 90S course (see projects page for details).
    • Students in their second year of the fellowship will focus on completing their project, working towards the website, panel, and, if possible, conference presentation and/or publication.
    • If they participate in Data+ in the first summer of the fellowship, the fellows will be expected to mentor new fellows participating in Data+ during the second summer.
    • Students in their second year of the fellowship will be required to provide feedback and mentoring to the students in their first year.

What the Fellowship Gives to Students

  • $5,000 annual stipend for two years distributed as follows: $1,500 fall term; $1,500 spring term; and $2,000 summer term. Award for the second year of the fellowship is depended on satisfactory progress (both in computational/digital project and in degree requirements as determined by dissertation director).
  • Opportunity to seek feedback on work from faculty and other fellows, and the opportunity to mentor new fellows during your second year in the fellowship.
  • Workshops and learning opportunities around digital research, pedagogy, and presentation. During the school year, fellows will participate in a regular workshop (every three weeks) that will guide them through the process of designing a digital project, learning the relevant critical and methodological scholarship, and receive help and feedback on the implementation of their work.
  • Networking opportunities with invited scholars.
  • Where applicable, the Faculty Coordinator, Astrid Giugni, will visit the classroom for each fellow’s pedagogical project to provide support and to generate material for a teaching letter.
  • Feedback and instruction on how to develop their projects towards a conference presentation or a publication.

Application Information

To be eligible for the fellowships, students need to:

  • Be a doctoral student in the English department at Duke University
  • Have completed preliminary exams by the start date of the fellowship
  • Receive a letter from dissertation director testifying to satisfactory progress in the requirements for the degree at the time of application and at review time after the first year of the fellowship

Two fellowships will be awarded each year by the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke.

Please note: no background in digital or computational methods is necessary. Students of all levels of digital experience (including no experience) are encouraged to apply! The workshops during the first year of the fellowship will guide you in developing a project and learning what skills you will need to develop in order to finish the project.

To apply, please email the Faculty Coordinator, Astrid Giugni, to schedule a preapplication meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to help students navigate the application process.

Duke-Margolis Interns Wanted for Collaborative Summer Experience

Margolis interns.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Internship Program Overview

Effectively improving health and the value of health care requires multidisciplinary teams and capabilities. To meet this aim, Duke-Margolis uniquely brings together teams of health care and policy experts and organizations to assess key policy and practice challenges and identify and implement impactful solutions. As future policy-leaders and -aware professionals, students are integral team members. The Center offers students (undergraduate and graduate) opportunities to contribute to a variety of projects aimed at improving health and the value of health care through research and the development of innovative, practical, and evidence-based policy solutions through a collaborative and mentored 8-week summer internship experience.

Goals of the Internship Experience

  • Learn through challenging and meaningful activities
  • Link academic learning to policy and practice
  • Gain professional experience within the field of health policy
  • Build positive relationships with faculty and staff
  • Identify, clarify, and/or confirm direction as it relates to their academic studies and future career path
  • Develop strong networking/mentoring relationships
  • Strengthen our Margolis student community

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Program Details


Remote for Summer 2021.

Projects / Learning Outcomes

The intern will support the team’s efforts to conduct rigorous analyses and communicate their findings. Individual tasks will be project-specific, but will include assignments such as literature reviews, data analyses and visualizations, and writing/editing a broad variety of work products, including project reports, policy briefs, blog posts, and article submissions for peer review. Click here to learn more about our current work and areas of research.

Compensation & Hours

Paid, dependent on education level. Approximately 40 hours per week.

Approximate Program Length

10 weeks. Dates fall between May 20th and July 30th.

Meet more of our interns to learn about their experiences by visiting the Margolis Interns Directory! Margolis Intern Directory

Applicant Information

Qualifications and Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Interest in health policy and inquisitive drive for drilling into data sets, legislation, and the like, in order to discover insights that can be translated to a stakeholder audience and inform health policy decisions
  • Ability to work both independently and as a contributing team member
  • Ability to handle multiple competing project deadlines
  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to scientific integrity and high-quality research
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and, especially Excel
  • Proficiency with SAS, STATA, R, ArcGIS, or similar statistical and/or geospatial mapping programs is a plus but not required
  • Both graduate and undergraduate levels
  • Duke University and non-Duke University students
  • Applicants from all US-based locations are encouraged to apply. However, Duke University has set hiring preferences to 10 states and Washington, D.C. for this upcoming summer due to the program being virtual. To be employed as a graduate intern through the Margolis Internship Program, preference will be given to applicants who physically reside in one of the approved 11 locations: NC, CA, GA, NY, TN, VA, FL, MD, SC, TX, & DC while participating. To be employed as an undergraduate intern, preference will be given to applicants who are able to physically reside in NC while participating.
Application Materials
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Interest
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Writing Sample
  • Professional or Personal Reference Contact Information
Dates to Know
  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2021
  • Decision Notification Date: March 15, 2021
  • Internship Dates: May 20, 2021 – July 30, 2021

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GradEngage Fellows Can Deepen a Partnership with a North Carolina Community


Deadline: December 1, 2020

For the first time, DukeEngage (Duke’s signature community engagement program for undergraduates) is offering an opportunity for graduate students.

Supported by The Purpose Project at Duke, GradEngage is an opportunity for 12 Duke graduate students to deepen a partnership with a North Carolina community during winter break and spring semester. GradEngage fellowships create opportunities for students to explore their vocation and the purpose of their graduate work by engaging with a community on a pressing social issue.


  • $2,000 honorarium for virtual projects of 100+ hours


  • Eligibility: Any graduate or professional school student may apply.
  • Format: Projects must be entirely virtual (no in-person work or travel).
  • Time period: Projects must take place during winter break and the spring term (December 15, 2020 – April 15, 2021).
  • Partnership: Projects must be in partnership with a North Carolina organization or community.
  • Prior relationship: The applicant must have either a clearly defined prior relationship with the organization or community, or provide documentation of a new partnership (email will suffice).


  • Training: Two-hour online training before starting the project
  • Time: 100 hours
  • Reflection: Four blog posts over the course of the project

Apply here.


Ph.D. Students Can Power Up Their Summer

Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows.

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program at Duke University readies emerging scholars to apply cutting-edge data science techniques to energy challenges.

The program has recently expanded and is currently accepting applications for its 2021 cohort from doctoral students at Duke University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Learn more on the Energy Initiative website.

Duke I&E Solicits Proposals for 2021 Seed Grants from the Duke Incubation Fund

Incubation Fund.

Deadline: October 16, 2020


The Duke Incubation Fund (the “Fund”) was formed to support idea-stage projects at Duke University. The Fund will make a number of awards each year to support novel ideas, applied research, potential products, nascent services and creative projects that if successful, will lead to new opportunities in the market. To receive funding, projects must demonstrate a potential path to subsequent financial support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering or other channels to enable translation.

The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, which administers the Fund, is interested in innovative projects that could lead to new products or services that will have a positive impact on society, including:

  • Demonstrating the feasibility of an idea or innovation for a commercial or social venture
  • Developing a working software or device prototype
  • Obtaining supporting evidence or proof-of-concept for new ideas
  • Developing new applications or markets for a technology under development
  • Creative projects that might lead to professionally produced content

Applications are welcome from all fields of inquiry. At least one member of any team must be from Duke. Awards will be contingent on the innovator entering into Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) with Duke.

Key Dates

  • Application Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020
  • Final Selection: November 20, 2020
  • Funding Period: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021

Learn more and see the full RFP.