Update, January 2024: Please see Ph.D. Student Summer Internship Fellowships (SIFs). The Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants and Provost Internships programs have transitioned into SIF.

Duke provides a robust set of opportunities for summer funding of Ph.D. students, each related to important aspects of doctoral training.

The most common are research fellowships and assistantships, whether from The Graduate School, faculty supervisors or individual Ph.D. programs; or experience with teaching and mentoring, especially through opportunities to serve as instructor of record in summer session courses, or as project managers in summer programs for undergraduates, such as the Plus programs.

Reimagining Doctoral Education (RiDE) Graduate Assistantships

Schools and departments can propose graduate assistantships to undertake significant research and/or analysis that will facilitate department engagement with recommendations from the RiDE report. Learn more about RiDE implementation.

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Length of opportunity: 6, 8 or 12 weeks
  • Funding amount: Commensurate with length

Summer Course Development Grants

Schools, departments and other units that offer undergraduate curricula can apply for grants that support the creation or redesign of undergraduate courses offered in a summer session. Courses must fulfill curricular priorities, be taught by Ph.D. students and develop an archive of supporting resources to facilitate hand-offs to new instructors from year to year.

  • Paused for 2024