Deadline: September 30, 2022
DukeEngage is accepting proposals for new faculty-led programs in the U.S. and abroad in 2023 and 2024.
DukeEngage is a signature initiative of the University consisting of more than 20 eight-week, faculty-led summer programs, each enabling small groups of students and faculty to collaborate with a community to address critical societal needs through an immersive summer of community engagement. Each program centers around a societal theme—for example, education, engineering, environment, health, human rights, migration, race, or social enterprise.
DukeEngage is considering new international and domestic programs. We are especially interested in new programs in North Carolina (particularly in Durham and Charlotte), programs in rural U.S. communities, and programs that focus on arts, healthcare, STEM disciplines, race/identity, or the environment.
Proposals for a Summer 2023 program are due September 30. For faculty wanting to explore the possibility of a program in Summer 2024, DukeEngage has site exploration funding for logistical research and relationship building with potential partners. We will entertain exploration grants up to $5,000 per program. Site exploration funds can be requested at any time during the year. To request site exploration funds, please send a query to Inga.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Most programs consist of eight students. Smaller and larger numbers are possible.
- The core of the program for students is full-time work with one or more community organization(s) for eight weeks. Some programs disperse students among multiple organizations, while others work as a team with one organization.
- Each program begins with mutually beneficial partnership(s) between a faculty Program Director and one or more community organization(s). Student work must be guided by the community and may consist of direct service, capacity building, or research.
- Work is accompanied by cultural immersion and regular, intentional critical reflection.
- 2023 programs can run between May 15 – August 25, 2023.
- DukeEngage hires site coordinators who will be on site for the full eight weeks. Faculty must spend at least the first two weeks on site; ideally more.
- The program is fully funded for all participants. In addition to travel and living expenses, program budgets include a small allotment for cultural enrichment.
- The DukeEngage Program Director role description and general timeline of responsibilities can be found here. Faculty compensation is provided in the form of supplemental summer salary.
- Additional program development considerations can be found here.
We especially value programs that have one or more of the following characteristics:
- Arise from existing partnerships
- Focus on a new or compelling theme
- Are in a location where there are currently no other repeating DukeEngage programs
Proposals should include:
- Faculty director(s) + contact information
- Location (city/community, state, country)
- Theme (see our website for examples; new themes are welcome)
- How long you envision being on site beyond the first two weeks
- Potential partner organizations
- Potential full-time student projects/work
- Brief description of the community
- Your prior experience in the proposed community
- Potential prerequisites (language, skills) or academic connections for students
We’re happy to be a sounding board as you consider a proposal. Send any questions you might have to Inga Petersen (email@example.com). Once we receive your proposal, we will be in touch for more details.
 Domestic programs may be limited to states on Duke’s “approved to hire” list. Contact us for more information.