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.

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.


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.

Comparison of Together Duke Faculty Research Opportunities

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. Students can pursue training in methods and fields outside of their core programs through Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants or the new Summer Doctoral Academy; networks of graduate and professional students from multiple programs can apply for funding through Duke’s Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks to pursue an interdisciplinary project, training or experience lasting up to a year. Versatile Humanists at Duke provides resources to enrich and broaden PhD training for Duke students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences, including internships, advising and mentoring, and collaborative research opportunities.

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