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.
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.
Ph.D. candidate Ashley Rose Young recounts her summer experience at a “dream position” with the Food History Project at the National Museum of American History.
Three tips and one resource to keep imposter syndrome at bay while you adjust to your new program and your new identity as a Ph.D. student.
Your Ph.D. training will drill deep into a field, but make sure to widen your intellectual horizons, too.
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.