Duke Doctoral Academy

Together Duke is pleased to announce the 2019 Duke Doctoral Academy (DDA), which offers week-long short courses that introduce doctoral students to skills, tools, and knowledge that augment their regular coursework/research. These short courses help emerging scholars prepare for high-level research, innovative teaching, leadership, and/or public engagement.

Courses in the Duke Doctoral Academy cover topics not typically included in a doctoral curriculum, or that provide an intensive introduction for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows who might not have the time or inclination to pursue a full course in a subject. Instructors are Duke faculty members as well as highly trained Duke staff members.

The Doctoral Academy welcomes all doctoral students at any stage of their studies and all post-doctoral fellows. There are no prerequisites for any of the courses.

Program Details

Courses

2019 Doctoral Academy Courses

Each course meets for three hours a day for five consecutive days. Space permitting, participants may choose up to two courses.

Courses are not for credit, but will appear on Duke doctoral student transcripts. None of the offerings require prerequisites or assume areas of knowledge. Instructors will emphasize interactive discussion and group activities/projects to maintain a high level of student engagement.

Program dates for the 2019 Doctoral Academy are:

  • Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 28 – Saturday, June 1, 2019

Morning sessions run from 8:30 – 11:30 am.
Afternoon sessions run from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

See the list of this year’s courses for a description of each course.

Cost

Duke Students: Courses will be offered to Duke doctoral students and Duke post-doctoral fellows at no charge.

Non-Duke Students: Non-Duke students and Non-Duke post-doctoral fellows will be charged at the following rates:

  • One course: $500
  • Two courses: $750
  • Cancellation fee: $100

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged if the request is received on or before 11:59pm on April 30, 2019. If the request to cancel is received after 11:59pm on April 30, no refunds will be provided.

Location and Parking

All Doctoral Academy classes meet on Duke’s campus. Most classes meet at the Fuqua School of Business; a few classes meet elsewhere on campus. Individual class locations are noted on the course list here.

Parking permits are available at an additional cost of $40 per week.

Registration

Duke Doctoral Students and Post-doctoral Fellows: Registration begins on January 28, 2019 and closes at 11:59pm on May 5, 2019.

Non-Duke Doctoral Students and Post-doctoral Fellows: Registration begins March 11, 2019 and closes at 11:59pm on May 5, 2019.

Participation, Eligibility and Enrollment

We will initially open the program to Duke doctoral students, Duke law and medical students, and postdocs, with slots filled on a first-come, first-served basis. After the initial registration period, the courses will be opened on a space-available basis to doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows at other universities. Non-Duke doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows must provide a website address/URL showing institutional affiliation.

All participants will receive a course certificate upon completion. Course participation will also appear on Duke doctoral students’ transcripts. We will not provide transcripts for non-Duke students.

Most classes will enroll about 30 students, although some classes may be smaller or larger. Classes with fewer than 8 enrolled students will be cancelled.

Group Events

We will hold a social event each week to encourage participants to broaden their peer networks across disciplinary and school lines. In addition, we are offering the following lunchtime (11:45am-1:00pm) workshops during the Doctoral Academy, to highlight resources available to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows at Duke. All workshops will be held in the Fuqua School of Business, Jenkins Room A&B, with one exception, noted below.

Contacts and Additional Information

For questions regarding the Duke Doctoral Academy please contact Carolyn Mackman at carolyn.mackman@duke.edu.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available below and reflections from past participants are available here, here, and here.

Registration for the 2019 Duke Doctoral Academy will begin on January 28, 2019 for Duke doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. Registration for non-Duke doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows begins on March 11, 2019. For help or for more information, contact Carolyn Mackman at carolyn.mackman@duke.edu.

2019 Courses

Courses are being offered in mid-May 2019 in the following broad areas. Additional information and links to full course listings are available in each area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Duke Doctoral Academy?

The Duke Doctoral Academy provides doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars with the chance to explore skills that are not typically available as part of a doctoral curriculum or postdoctoral program, or to get intensive exposure to an area in which they won’t have the opportunity to take a relevant semester-long course.

Each course in the Doctoral Academy is a masterclass in a single topic, taught by Duke faculty members or highly trained Duke staff. The program was designed to give doctoral candidates and postdocs a chance to gain practical experience that will contribute to whatever career they choose to pursue.

Why are you offering the Doctoral Academy?

We believe that doctoral education and postdoctoral training should prepare students to make a difference in whatever career path they choose. The program was designed to give doctoral candidates and postdocs a chance to gain practical experience that will contribute to whatever career they choose to pursue.

What courses are offered?

There are almost two dozen courses–from “Teaching with Archives” to “How to build an app” to “Effective Communication”.

Who can sign up?

The program is open to current doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in any field of study, based at any university.

When is it offered?

The 2019 Doctoral Academy meets in the second half of May:

  • Session 1 meets Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Session 2 meets Tuesday, May 28 through Saturday June 1, 2019.

Where do the classes meet?

Most classes meet at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University; a few classes meet elsewhere on campus.

How much do the classes cost?

There is no cost for current Duke students and postdocs. For students and postdocs from other universities, the cost is $500 for one course, and $750 for two.

How many classes can I take?

Each student may take up to 2 classes.

How do I sign up?

Registration for 2019 opens on Monday, January 28, 2019 for Duke doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Registration for non-Duke doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows opens on March 11, 2019. Sign up here.

What are the prerequisites?

You must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program or pursuing postdoctoral training. That’s it.

I have some more questions — who do I contact?

Contact Carolyn Mackman at carolyn.mackman@duke.edu.