FAQ: Summer 2021 Provost Experiential Fellowships for Duke Ph.D. Students

The Duke University Office of the Provost is offering a broad set of opportunities to support Ph.D. students during Summer 2021. A limited number of experiential fellowships hosted by partner organizations are available by application. See application details and a list of opportunities.

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

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

I am graduating from Duke with a Ph.D. this spring. Am I eligible to apply for one of these opportunities?  

No, only currently enrolled Duke Ph.D. students are eligible.

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

No. If you already have summer funding, you are not eligible for an experiential fellowship.

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

No, you may only apply to two (2) opportunities (two experiential fellowships, or two Duke internships, or one of each).

I have a Summer Research Fellowship that provides two months of summer funding. Can I still apply for one of these positions?

No, these opportunities are open to Ph.D. students without summer funding.

I’m an international Ph.D. student. May I apply for the experiential fellowships?

Yes, so long as you are residing in one of the U.S. jurisdictions approved for Duke employment: North Carolina, the District of Columbia, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia. You also need to verify your visa status and confirm your eligibility for this funding opportunity with Duke Visa Services before applying.

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

Yes, as long as during the experiential fellowship you are residing in one of the ten jurisdictions approved for Duke employment: the District of Columbia, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia.

What would a strong application for an experiential fellowship look like?

Beyond submitting all the required pieces of the application, we recommend giving special attention to the cover letter and brief CV. The cover letter should explain how the opportunity would enrich or further develop your academic interests. At the same time, organizations 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 unique contributions you can make to the position and the organization.

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 a common Duke portal. Complete applications that are well suited to the partner hosts will be forwarded to the organizations. 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 Maria Wisdom (maria.wisdom@duke.edu). Please do not contact the organization directly.

What is the timeline for these opportunities?  

Host organizations will begin review of applications on March 31, and then consider additional applications on a rolling basis until April 14, 2021. They should make their decisions by that date. We ask all students to expeditiously confirm their acceptance/decline of offers. Experiential fellowships will begin no earlier than May 24, 2021 and will end no later than August 20, 2021.  

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

Fellowships will begin no earlier than May 24, 2021 and will end no later than August 20, 2021. For most opportunities, fellows are expected to contribute 19.9 service hours/week, leaving time for you to focus on your own research.

How much will I be paid for the experiential fellowship?  

You will receive a standard $6,500 stipend for the three months of June, July and August. Your summer health fee will also be provided.

How will I be paid for the experiential fellowship?  

All fellows will receive their stipend through their department payroll June – August, 2021.  Your department will also receive the summer health fee.

I am not eligible to apply for an experiential fellowship, but I would love to collaborate with one of these 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 Advising and Engagement (maria.wisdom@duke.edu) to discuss a long-term networking strategy.