Together Duke Initiatives

As we advance the priorities in Together Duke, and create new opportunities for communities to begin, expand, and continue their work, we will provide information about efforts here.

Research Support

In efforts to invest in the Duke faculty as scholars and leaders of the university’s intellectual communities, and to provide new resources to support the faculty and their work, the Provost is pleased to offer the following opportunities for faculty and student support as part of Together Duke.

Intellectual Community Planning Grants

The Provost’s Office is offering support to Duke faculty who are interested in convening a group of colleagues to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared intellectual interest.

Faculty Teaching/Research Enhancement Grants

This funding opportunity, new in 2018-19, is designed to provide funds for Duke faculty members seeking to acquire additional skills, knowledge, or experiences outside their main discipline that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research and/or provide excellent learning experiences for Duke students. Supported activities include: a cognate training workshop; field work opportunity that includes specific training; short-term engagement with a community organization relevant to a new line of research; and travel to meet with a leading scholar or group of scholars working in an area highly relevant to the applicant’s scholarly growth or teaching trajectory.


Together Duke has targeted three challenges that reflect societal relevance, internal capacities for reflection and action, and alignment with Duke’s strategic priorities: Energy and Water Resources; Race, Religion, and Citizenship; and Population Health. Duke has the intellectual resources and organizational nimbleness to convene technical, legal, scientific, ethical, cultural and historical explorations of these issues. By drawing on disciplinary depth, interdisciplinary strengths, and commitment to engagement, we have the capacity to make crucial research contributions in these vital areas and to serve as an important node for convening stakeholders.

Provost’s Pilot Research Grants

The Provost’s Pilot Research Grants (PPRGs) support innovative research in the humanities and social sciences — across and between all disciplines — with the potential to have broad and sustained impact.

Note: PPRGs will not be offered in 2018-19.

Faculty Hiring and Advancement

To build on the excellence of our faculty, we are beginning a strategic hiring initiative across fields and disciplines, particularly those fields where synergies can build real Duke distinction. The first focus is on quantitative fields, which has already brought nine new faculty to campus, and plans are underway for a second round of appointments.

We have also created a new Office for Faculty Advancement, to provide leadership, guidance, and oversight of university-wide strategies and programs to enhance faculty excellence. The office oversees faculty development programs, including programs to recruit outstanding and diverse faculty, and to mentor and recognize faculty throughout their careers.

Quantitative Initiative

Provost Sally Kornbluth has established a signature program to hire outstanding junior and senior faculty in quantitative fields, focusing initially on mathematics, statistics, and bioinformatics, to build strength broadly in quantitative science, to fully leverage the tremendous amount of data generated by our health care system as well as by analytic initiatives in the social sciences, and to establish Duke as an internationally recognized leader in the methods and applications of quantitative science.

Nine faculty have been appointed so far, and efforts are underway for a second round of hires, focusing on chemical, biological and physics faculty and research.

In the News

A Quantitative Investment in Promoting the Sciences at Duke

Re-envisioning Graduate Education

As our graduate students increasingly pursue careers that make a difference in the public sector and the private sector, within and outside of the academy, we are providing opportunities for graduate and professional school students to acquire a wider set of competencies, and apply their education to an increasing array of career options. To highlight just a few:

In the News

Rebranding the Ph.D. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, subscription required), with comments from Ashley Rose Young and Edward Balleisen

Fifteen Duke Graduate Students Receive Training Enhancement Grants

Interdisciplinary Groups Led by Duke Graduate Students Receive 2018-19 D-SIGN Grants

See the 2017-18 reports on activities and accomplishments for D-SIGN and GSTEG.

View the plan to read more about the initiatives planned within each of the goals.