Propose a Bass Connections Project for 2024-2025

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Deadline: November 6, 2023

Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for 2024-2025 projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. Please see the project proposal guidelines. The deadline to propose a project is November 6 at 5 p.m.

Projects may be proposed in relation to one or more of the six interdisciplinary themes of Bass Connections, or to Bass Connections Open – a channel that invites proposals that align with the model of Bass Connections but otherwise fall outside the parameters of the existing themes.



Duke faculty, postdocs, graduate/professional students and trainees/fellows may propose projects; all projects must have at least one faculty leader.

Bring Your Questions to Drop-in Office Hours

Interested project leaders, particularly those who have never led a Bass Connections team, are encouraged to contact a Bass Connections theme leader or Laura Howes (Director, Bass Connections) with questions or to discuss potential project ideas. Faculty can also discuss potential ideas or ask questions during our drop-in office hours (

  • Thursday, September 14, 10-11 a.m.
  • Friday, September 29, 11-12 p.m.
  • Monday, October 16, 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 1-2 p.m.

Special Opportunities for 2024-2025

When completing a proposal, faculty may choose to take advantage of the following opportunities. Please note that applying for these opportunities will not increase your project budget, but rather may increase the likelihood that your project will be selected by allowing us to leverage funds designated for a specific purpose.

  • Joint proposals for a Bass Connections project and a Summer 2024 Data+ project: You may propose a Data+ project for Summer 2024 linked to a year-long Bass Connections project through the Bass Connections RFP. You do not need to complete a separate application for Data+. Data+ is also accepting proposals for Climate+, a “vertical theme” focused on applying data-driven approaches to climate, environment and energy research. Please contact Paul Bendich or Gregory Herschlag with questions about Data+.
  • Ethics: Funds are available to support projects that address ethical issues, broadly conceived, with a preference for projects that focus on the climate crisis; racial equity; inequities in health and wealth; civil discourse and democracy; global migration and refugees; and urbanization and the urban/rural divide. Please contact David Toole to discuss project ideas that might align with this area.
  • Arts & Humanities: Funds are available to support projects in any area of research related to the arts and the humanities. Please contact Christina Chia or Victoria Szabo to discuss ideas for potential humanities projects.

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Documentary Studies Ph.D. Fellowships: Request for Proposals 2023-24

Deadline: August 8, 2023


The Center for Documentary Studies has funds to support a small number of Ph.D. student fellows for the fall and spring of 2023-2024 to pursue research related to documentary studies.


Duke Ph.D. students in any humanities or social science program, whose research engages with documentary studies, broadly conceived


Students may apply for either a two-semester or one-semester fellowship.

Each two-semester fellowship pays a $28,950 stipend, at $3,216.67 per month from September through May, replacing departmental funding for that period.

A semester-long fellowship will pay the monthly stipend of $3,216.67 for each month of the semester, again replacing departmental funding for the fellowship period.

Holders of the fellowship do not take on RA or TA assignments, but rather focus on dissertation-related research and other aspects of professional development.


To apply, visit:

You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Letter describing student’s research interests and connection to documentary studies, and indicating whether the applicant wishes to be considered only for the fall semester, only for the spring semester, or for the full year
  • Transcript
  • CV
  • Advisor letter of recommendation
  • DGS note indicating departmental endorsement for the application


RFP released 07/28/2023
RFP deadline for submission 08/08/2023
Selected students notified; funds made available shortly thereafter 08/15/2023

Review and Selection

Proposals will be reviewed by a group of faculty members with expertise related to documentary studies.


For any questions related to your application, please contact:

Ed Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies,

Meg Atchison, Interdisciplinary Studies Priorities Coordinator,

Apply Now to Graduate Margolis Scholars Program for Health Policy

Deadline: May 10, 2023

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy is officially accepting applications from incoming 2023-2024 Duke graduate and professional students for the Margolis Scholars Program.

Margolis Scholars is a prestigious, interdisciplinary program for Duke University students who demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to a career in health policy and management, as well as leadership potential to improve health, health equity, and the value of health care.

The program provides promising graduate and professional students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to be the next generation of health care leaders. Selected Graduate Margolis Scholars are engaged in the program for two years and receive tailored education and training in health policy, and a personal fund to support health policy and professional development-related activities.

Interested applicants will need to fill out the online application, submit their most recent transcript and resume, and respond to short-answer questions. Learn more about the program from the Margolis Scholars fact sheet. Interested students can apply here.

The Margolis Scholars graduate student applications will be open until May 10, 2023. Interviews for selected candidates will take place May 30 – June 6. Selected candidates for the program will be notified by June 7, and the program will begin in August 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Melynn Glusman, Margolis Scholars Program Coordinator, at

Find and Fund Your Summer Internship in Energy

Deadline: Rolling

The Energy Internship Program connects Duke students from all majors, backgrounds, and degree programs to summer internship opportunities across the energy sector, including at start-ups, utilities, renewable energy developers, large firms, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Find Your Internship

View summer 2023 internship opportunities for Duke undergraduate and graduate students (NetID log-in required). We’ll be adding new internships throughout the spring, so check back here regularly and keep an eye on our email newsletter.

Fund Your Internship

Duke undergraduate and graduate students who will be returning to Duke for the subsequent fall semester may apply for supplementary funding through the Energy Internship Program once they have been offered an energy-related internship. This funding can be used to turn an unpaid internship into a paid internship or increase the stipend for a low-paying internship.

The internship does not have to be included on the Nicholas Institute’s list of opportunities for you to be eligible for funding. The amount of financial support will be negotiated with both student and employer, based on numerous factors, including the extent of compensation (if any) indicated in the internship offer letter. Funding decisions are made on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP after receiving your internship offer!

We will consider funding applications for unpaid or low-paid internships. Low-paid internships are generally defined as those for which the compensation does not cover your primary living expenses in the region where the hiring organization requires you to live.

Note: International students requiring CPT status must be approved for CPT to receive funding from the Energy Internship Program. This must be determined and approved with Duke Visa Services PRIOR to the start of the funded internship.

Thanks to a partnership with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke, some funding is reserved for internships related to energy access or energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries.

Additional Resources

Explore other Duke-affiliated programs on our summer experiences page. And of course, the career center affiliated with your Duke school has information about other potential opportunities and is an excellent source of advice on interviewing and other career development skills.


Contact Bryan Koen (Senior Education Program Coordinator, Nicholas Institute).

Learn more on the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability website.

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

Text: 2023-24 Bass Connections project teams: find a project team that's right for you. Eight photos of students working together in a range of settings, indoors and outdoors.

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.

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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