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
Reach out to Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director for Graduate Student Advising, for support in navigating academic and professional trajectories.
Find teams, partners and resources for your scholarly pursuits, including Bass Connections, Story+, writing support and research funding.
Learn about key resources at Duke and beyond that can help you cultivate versatility and launch your career.
Insight, Advice & Stories
See the VH@Duke blog for perspectives from the community of versatile humanists at Duke.
Mentors and Networks
Connect with Duke alumni, current students, faculty, and others to support your academic and professional growth.
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.
Seek out more than one mentor and figure out which style of mentoring works best for you.
Tips for new graduate students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences on making the most of their time at Duke—all of Duke.
Instead of building your identity around your career path or your accolades, focus on what you can offer the world.
Two Story+ graduate mentors share their experiences with the program after its successful launch this summer.
Not being expected to know everything can be a liberating and empowering experience.
Director of Graduate Student Advising and Engagement for the Humanities, Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, offers advice on how students can take advantage of their summer in preparing for the job search.
Among the lessons learned: Don’t ignore the job question. Look up the job-placement numbers for your program, even if they might be scary.
Staying afloat on the sea of solitude while navigating your dissertation
The Innovation Grants help doctoral programs develop and implement curricular changes designed to enrich students’ academic experiences, and prepare them for transformative roles inside and outside of academia.
The internship experiences are designed to help enrich students’ dissertations and prepare students for academic and nonacademic careers.