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.

PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge Seeks Graduate Student Fellows for 2020-2021

PhD Lab.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge seeks PhD Lab Fellows for 2020-21. The purpose of the PhD Lab is to foster innovative new digital research and teaching practices in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. This program is targeted at PhD students at Duke in the humanities or social sciences, or in another program with a “digital knowledge” component that will benefit from a humanistic perspective, who are interested in sustained engagement with digital research and teaching through practice, critique, and collaboration. Pending University approval, Fellows receive a non-compensatory supplement of up to $1500 for the year. They are expected to participate in virtual Fellows gatherings and other events regularly. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all Lab events and activities will be online until in-person group gatherings are once again permitted at Duke.

In 2020-21, PhD Lab Fellows will be expected to enter the program with a digital project idea at any stage of development, attend Fellows luncheons (roughly every other Thursday from 12-1pm), join a PhD Lab topic-based interest group (groups set their own, separate schedules and agendas), and participate in Lab events and activities.

During the Fall semester, our regular gatherings will be devoted to presentations and discussions by the Lab Directors and our invited guests around various digital concepts, methods, critical approaches, and hands-on applications. These sessions will be based in part on Lab member interest, and might include topics such as digital and virtual pedagogy, digital archives and exhibitions, digital mapping, digital publishing, VR/AR, physical computing, data visualization, and games. Theoretical and critical conversations around topics such as decolonizing and intersectional approaches to the digital humanities, accessibility, and environmental issues are also welcome.

Spring activities will generally revolve around the Lab interest groups and fellows presentations of their own projects. There may also be clusters of readings and other special sessions as the opportunities arise in coordination with other Digital Humanities Initiative and related activities on campus and beyond.

In order to spread the Fellows opportunity around, we are primarily seeking first-time PhD lab participants. However, returning Fellows may also apply. We are especially interested in returning Fellows who wish to organize special presentations and/or lead an interest group as part of their Lab activities.

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge is part of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, and is based in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse. It partners with many existing programs on campus. It was founded by Professor Cathy Davidson. Next year, the PhD Lab will be in its eighth year, and will be Co-Directed by Professors Philip Stern and Victoria Szabo.

How to Apply

Please read the fellowship details carefully. To apply, please complete this Qualtrics form:

Learn more.

New Graduate Fellowship Program Focuses on Race and the Professions

Race and the Professions Fellowship.

Deadline: August 12, 2020

A Fellowship Made Possible by The Duke Endowment in Collaboration with the Kenan Center for Ethics

What Is the Race and the Professions Fellowship?

The Race and the Professions Fellowship is a year-long program made possible by The Duke Endowment inviting Duke graduate and professional students to explore challenges of racial inequities and the work of anti-racism in the professions.

In the last few months, everyday life in America has been both undone and unveiled. Basic rhythms have been upended even as centuries-old injustices have come center stage in a new way. In particular, COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd have laid bare longstanding racial disparities. While what comes next is hard to discern, we know that it is unacceptable to go back to the way things were.

What does this mean for the professions? More specifically, what does this mean for the profession you, as a Duke graduate or professional student, are pursuing in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the School of Medicine, the Duke-NUS Medical School, the School of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Law, the Divinity School, Pratt School of Engineering, or the Sanford School of Public Policy?

How have the events of the last six months exposed long-standing racial injustices in your profession of choice, and what does that mean for the future of the profession and for your aims of working within it? These questions sit at the heart of the Race and the Professions Fellows Program.

Who Should Apply?

What Race and the Professions Fellowswill have in common is a desire to explore the purpose of their profession and how to be a good person within it, in light of anti-racism and racial justice work. All graduate and professional school students at Duke may apply, and we anticipate a diverse cohort of Fellows.

Fellows will each receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Fellows will also be invited to apply for additional funding to support summer projects that give students a sense of the possibilities for purpose in their profession through ‘‘on-the-ground’ experience of antiracism and racial justice work.

How Often Will Race and the Professions Fellows Meet, and What Will It Entail?

Race and the Professions Fellows will meet about a dozen times across the Fall and Spring semesters. Sessions will feature visiting speakers and will not typically require preparation, although at times brief readings may be distributed in advance.

Conversations will move between analyzing the structures of racial injustice in a field and reflecting on how one might purposefully work within it. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between racial justice and the professions in Durham.

Fellows who pursue a summer project will be asked to showcase their work in Fall 2021. Sessions will occur online, with the possibility for in-person gatherings if a safe pathway becomes clear in the course of the year.

How Do I Apply?

To apply: e-mail the application to A.J. Walton at with the subject line “Race and the Professions Fellowship.” Deadline: 12 PM, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Doctoral Students Can Apply for Kenan Institute for Ethics 2020 Graduate Fellowships

KIE Graduate Fellowships.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Each year, the Kenan Institute for Ethics awards between 10 and 15 fellowships to outstanding graduate students at Duke University.

Students from any Duke doctoral graduate program may apply. What each cohort of Graduate Fellows will have in common is that their dissertation research engages in interesting ways with significant normative issues. Some students, for example – from disciplines such as philosophy, political theory, or theology – focus directly on fundamental ethical or political concepts and theories. Other fellows, from the sciences and social sciences, try to understand phenomena that are relevant to major, and often controversial, public policy debates. Still others attempt to resolve debates in their areas of research that seem to be sustained by long-standing disagreements over both empirical claims and ethical or ideological commitments.

The aim of the ongoing discussions throughout the year, among the Fellows and KIE faculty members, is to enhance everyone’s ability to contribute to debates involving ethical issues, and to do so in ways that engage scholars and others within and outside of their own academic disciplines.

Ideal Graduate Fellow candidates will be in the third, fourth, or fifth year of their Ph.D. studies, finished all (or almost all) of their coursework requirements, but still developing new ideas and approaches for their dissertation research. Fellows each receive a stipend of $3,000 that supplements their current funding.

Graduate Fellows meet for a Monday seminar about a dozen times across the Fall and Spring semesters. THIS YEAR, OUR MEETINGS WILL BE HELD SYNCHRONOUSLY ONLINE, and perhaps occasionally in ultra-safe formats outdoors. These seminars usually feature visiting speakers and do not typically require preparation in advance. There are also two half-day workshops – one at the end of each term – in which Fellows showcase their own research.

Alumni in good standing of the Fellowship program will have access to conference- and research-travel funds during their final years in the Ph.D. program.

To apply: e-mail the application, along with a copy of your CV, to with the subject line “Graduate Fellowship.”

Deadline: 12 noon, Friday, July 31, 2020.

For further information, email with “Graduate Fellowship question” in the subject heading.

Graduate Students Can Design Course Modules for Archival Expeditions

Archival Expeditions.

Deadline: June 26, 2020

Archival Expeditions introduces Duke graduate students to teaching with digital and physical primary sources. Each student partners with a Duke faculty sponsor to design an undergraduate course module that incorporates primary source material tailored to a specific class taught by that faculty member. Students have the option of drawing on the physical special collections of the Rubenstein Library or primary source databases and digital collections available at Duke or elsewhere. This program is based on the successful Data Expeditions program.

Graduate students will be expected to spend 70-75 hours during a semester consulting with their faculty sponsor, library staff and other experts and researching, developing and testing the module. The students will work with their faculty sponsor to establish the expectations and parameters for the module prior to applying to the program.

A module can take a variety of shapes and be adjusted to fit different courses, disciplines, and goals of the faculty sponsor. Each module should be designed to allow for roughly 1-2 weeks of time within an existing course or 10-20 student hours. These hours can be a combination of in-class and out-of-class activities. Archival Expeditions drawing on physical special collections must include student time with the original material from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Successful applicants will join a cohort of other Archival Expeditions graduate student instructors. They will participate in a brief boot camp at the beginning of the program and will meet a few times during the semester to share experiences and lessons learned. Students will be compensated $1,500 for their work and have the option of an additional $500 if they help teach the module in a subsequent semester.Students and faculty sponsors will present their modules as part of a showcase and panel discussion at the end of the semester. The course module will also be made available on the Archival Expeditions website under a CC-BY NC Creative Commons license, allowing other faculty and students to learn from and reuse it.


Any Duke graduate student who has completed 1 academic year at Duke may apply.


The applicant must secure a letter of support from the faculty sponsor and complete the Archival Expeditions Application. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of faculty members and librarians. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty Sponsors with your faculty member to be clear about expectations.

Learn more:

Summer Opportunity: Graduate Assistant

Internal opportunities.

­Sponsoring unit/organization

Math and Rhodes iiD

Title of opportunity

Graduate Assistant

Scope of work

Duke Math and the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (Rhodes iiD) are sponsor to a number of visualization and simulation projects to be used in a course setting to supplement instruction. There are a number of different projects requiring different mathematical backgrounds. Graduate students from many mathematical STEM departments would have the needed background for a number of the projects. Most, but not all projects require the ability to program. More than one person might work on the same project splitting the time between different people. Learn more.



Number of positions



Kristen Gerondelis,

Jonathan Mattingly,

Robert Calderbank,

MIDS Program Invites Proposals for Doctoral Fellowships in 2020-21

MIDS logo.

Deadline: June 1, 2020 (priority), June 15, 2020 (final)

The Duke Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) program is excited to invite proposals from Duke doctoral students interested in deepening their data-related skills, gaining experience working on applied data science teams, and learning to manage projects.

Through an NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) grant, six Ph.D. students will be selected as IGE Doctoral Fellows to engage with MIDS students throughout the 2020-2021 academic year in collaborating to address a hard data problem that requires both data science skills and specialized field knowledge. IGE Doctoral Fellows propose their own MIDS capstone project that is directly related to their thesis and will help serve its completion.

The main objective of the IGE fellowship is to allow students to work on their thesis in a collaborative, team-based, environment while learning from the various strengths of their teammates and sharing their own expertise. IGE fellows will also learn how to manage their project and teams to ensure success.IGE fellows may also request to join an existing capstone project team that will allow the student to work with an external client working with MIDS. In these cases, fellows must obtain the consent of their advisor as well as demonstrate how the fellowship may contribute to their education and/or career development.

  • IGE Doctoral Fellows must participate throughout 2020-2021 in all MIDS program classwork and activities designed to ensure Capstone Projects succeed, including meetings with stakeholders, meetings on team management, teamwork and leadership workshops, analysis plans, milestone reports, and mid-year reviews.
  • IGE Doctoral Fellows must complete all assignments designed to ensure that students understand the ethical issues related to their project, and have reflected on the larger impact their project may have on society.
  • IGE Doctoral Fellows are invited (but not required) to participate in any other professional development activities provided by the MIDS program (such as job fairs, interview preparation sessions, and seminars with non-academic data science partners).
  • IGE Doctoral Fellows may take any of the MIDS core courses with the incoming MIDS class.

Each IGE Capstone Project receives $3,000 in research/travel funds, will work on a team with a number of MIDS students, and receive guidance from a project director and support from project managers. The costs of the data curation, storage, and processing for each selected project will be covered by MIDS and provided through the MIDS/SSRI established procedures for sensitive data.

Proposed projects must:

  1. Be substantial and take at least 1 academic year
  2. Address an important problem and allow MIDS students to contribute meaningfully to the solution
  3. Have an important deliverable to a partner or stakeholder, including a company, a government agency, an internal Duke organization or a nonprofit, who will be available throughout the year to evaluate the project.
  4. Incorporate domain expertise from at least one Duke researcher.

To apply to become an IGE Fellow who proposes his/her own MIDS capstone project, please prepare a proposal that follows the directions in the RFP. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Ph.D. students will need a letter of recommendation from their advisor; a Ph.D. student’s submission of the proposal form automatically generates a request to their advisor for a letter.

Learn more and see the full RFP.