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.
Summer Writing Kickoff, May 3-4
Following the success of the inaugural 2017 Summer Writing Kickoff, VH@Duke and campus partners will once again offer workshops and conversations to help doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences prepare for summer writing projects.
Thoughts on advising dissertations and the students who write them, inspired by a recent VH@Duke panel.
Three recent Duke PhDs in humanities and humanistic social sciences discuss career satisfaction, work-life balance, and other topics not covered in graduate school.
Significant life achievements such as earning a doctorate are moments of great celebration, but they can pose unexpected challenges as well.
Furniture and windows may be the most visible part of your work space, but the most important part could be what’s not there (other people).
Carving out the dedicated, focused time you need for graduate study is an ongoing process, and requires both self-reflection and a toolbox of carefully chosen strategies.
Wishing for better mentoring? It’s important to manage your expectations and think creatively in your search for critical academic and professional guidance.
The opportunities will help Duke Ph.D. students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences integrate relevant off-campus work experiences with their academic interests and professional goals.
Believe it or not, your humanities Ph.D. training could give you a leg up on the competition in the tech startup world.