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.
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.
Some things that prospective Ph.D. students should consider when weighing their admission offers.
How to connect with those who presumably don’t “get” you or (worse) talk about nothing but UNC basketball?
Highly specialized doctoral study can keep your professional orbit very small. Don’t overlook the value of building connections broadly, imaginatively, and courageously.
Professor Marc Brettler (Religious Studies) explains how engaging in service to your department, university, and profession while still in graduate school can help your teaching, research, and job search.
Don’t be so quick to despair or dismiss these positions. They can vary greatly depending on specific circumstances.
When you hear “tenure-track jobs,” do you automatically envision a place like Duke? If so, it’s time to expand your scope.
There may be few discussions on “leadership” around the graduate seminar table, and it’s all the more reason to reflect on how to cultivate it in your academic career.