What We Offer
VH@Duke Internship Program
Secure a competitive, paid semester-long or summer internship that will give you new perspective on research interests, or enable you to explore a potential career avenue.
Doctoral Innovation Grants
Collaborate with your department’s leadership to secure special grants to enhance academic training in your areas of focus.
Customized, One-on-One Advising
Make an appointment with Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director for Graduate Student Advising and Engagement for the Humanities. Clarify your goals and gain perspective beyond the bounds of department, discipline, school, and university.
Interdisciplinary project management
As a team leader for Bass Connections or Story +, work with faculty to supervise small, engaged teams of Duke undergraduates as they bring humanistic perspective and skills to bear on concrete problems and challenges.
Resources: A Guided Tour
Learn about key resources at Duke and beyond that can help you cultivate versatility and launch your career.
Versatile Humanists at Duke (VH@Duke) is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Duke Graduate School, and the Duke Provost’s Office. Our mission is to prepare Duke graduate students to make a difference in their careers as humanists, whether inside or outside the academy. Our offerings are geared to help future Ph.D.s in the humanities and interpretive social sciences flourish—in higher education, government, business, the non-profit sector, or wherever their talents and inclinations might lead.
We believe that versatility is just as vital for successful careers within academia as beyond it. The many challenges now confronting higher education compel today’s faculty members and administrators to work in teams, span boundaries, navigate diverse work cultures, and cultivate the habits of effective leadership.
Ph.D. Innovation Grants
Departments in the humanities and interpretive social sciences can apply for up to $7,500 to help support efforts to develop and test curricular changes that enhance grad student preparation for careers inside and outside of academia.
Humanities Research and Transferable Skills for Ph.D. Students
Our April 26 panel of Ph.D. students will address the relationship between research activity and skill building—specifically, how their research engagements with Bass Connections, Humanities Labs, and Data+ honed project management skills that can transfer to myriad academic and nonacademic work settings.
Three takeaways from our recent survey about the development needs of Duke doctoral students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
Eliza Bourque Dandridge, a Ph.D. candidate in French and Francophone Studies, shares some tips from her experience creating a portfolio in place of taking a prelim.
How might principles of design thinking help graduate students make career choices?
Duke and twenty-seven other universities got together last month to share their successes and challenges in reimagining doctoral training in the humanities. Here are some key takeaways.
A Brontë heroine could land a job despite speaking the wrong language, but that probably won’t work for you. Know the right questions to ask and the right story to tell.
History Ph.D. candidate Amanda Hughett took a chance and reached out to the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. She came away with a fruitful internship that gave her new skills, new opportunities, and a new perspective on her dissertation.
The right words at the right time, whether from a lifelong mentor or someone you are meeting for the first time, can help you realize what you are good at and point your career in new directions.
At the internship program launch, our internship partners focused not on what skills they were looking for, but what new experiences and skills they can offer our Ph.D. students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences.
Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, The Graduate School’s new director of graduate student advising and engagement in the humanities, ruminates on the complexities of serving the career needs of graduate students, and she wants to hear your thoughts.
“My time as a PFF fellow has allowed me to gain insights about the day-to-day life as a professor: insights I would never have been able to make at my own institution; insights that prepared me well for making my own career choices.”