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.
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.
As you prepare for job interviews, dress appropriately, but try not to overthink it. The most important part of an interview is what doesn’t meet the eye.
A Story+ sponsor reflects on what went right and what he would change about his project.
A history student studying the policy contributions of academics gets a firsthand look at the process (and challenges) of turning academic research into policy at RTI International.
Don’t overlook postdoc experiences. The right opportunity, coupled with the right approach, can yield invaluable benefits.
Don’t assume that pursuing a faculty career is the only way to sustain intellectual passions.
Although it is critical to solicit the feedback of multiple people as you craft your cover letters, don’t forget to trust your intuition and implicit sense of who you are–and where you want to go.
Nora Nunn’s original plans for her VH@Duke internship at the National Humanities Center hit a roadblock before she started, but the detour took her in exciting directions that expanded her view of humanities outside the academy.
How to avoid pruning away too much of yourself while sustaining scholarly focus.