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Documentary Studies Ph.D. Fellowships: Request for Proposals 2023-24

Deadline: August 8, 2023


The Center for Documentary Studies has funds to support a small number of Ph.D. student fellows for the fall and spring of 2023-2024 to pursue research related to documentary studies.


Duke Ph.D. students in any humanities or social science program, whose research engages with documentary studies, broadly conceived


Students may apply for either a two-semester or one-semester fellowship.

Each two-semester fellowship pays a $28,950 stipend, at $3,216.67 per month from September through May, replacing departmental funding for that period.

A semester-long fellowship will pay the monthly stipend of $3,216.67 for each month of the semester, again replacing departmental funding for the fellowship period.

Holders of the fellowship do not take on RA or TA assignments, but rather focus on dissertation-related research and other aspects of professional development.


To apply, visit:

You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Letter describing student’s research interests and connection to documentary studies, and indicating whether the applicant wishes to be considered only for the fall semester, only for the spring semester, or for the full year
  • Transcript
  • CV
  • Advisor letter of recommendation
  • DGS note indicating departmental endorsement for the application


RFP released07/28/2023
RFP deadline for submission08/08/2023
Selected students notified; funds made available shortly thereafter08/15/2023

Review and Selection

Proposals will be reviewed by a group of faculty members with expertise related to documentary studies.


For any questions related to your application, please contact:

Ed Balleisen, Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies,

Meg Atchison, Interdisciplinary Studies Priorities Coordinator,