Versatile Humanists at Duke

What We Offer

Resources to enrich and broaden PhD training for Duke students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences

VH@Duke Internship Program

Secure a competitive, paid semester-long or summer internship that will give you new perspective on research interests, or enable you to explore a potential career avenue.
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Doctoral Innovation Grants

Collaborate with your department’s leadership to secure special grants to enhance academic training in your areas of focus.
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Customized, One-on-One Advising

Reach out to Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom, Director for Graduate Student Advising, for support in navigating academic and professional trajectories.
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Collaborative Research

Find teams, partners and resources for your scholarly pursuits, including Bass Connections, Story+, writing support and research funding.
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Professional Development

Learn about key resources at Duke and beyond that can help you cultivate versatility and launch your career.
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Insight, Advice & Stories

See the VH@Duke blog for perspectives from the community of versatile humanists at Duke.
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Mentors and Networks

Connect with Duke alumni, current students, faculty, and others to support your academic and professional growth.
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About VH@Duke

In 2016, Duke University received an NEH NextGen PhD implementation grant to enrich humanities doctoral training. The resulting program, Versatile Humanists at Duke (VH@Duke) was a collaboration between the Office of the Provost and Duke Graduate School. The program's mission was to help doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences thrive while in graduate school, and to help prepare them for a variety of roles—in higher education, government, business, the non-profit sector, or wherever their talents and inclinations might lead.

This website documents the work of the project (concluded in 2019), which served as a catalyst for PhD program innovation at Duke on a much greater scale. Current Duke doctoral students in humanities and humanistic social sciences may continue to reach out to Dr. Maria LaMonaca Wisdom for advising and coaching support. Anyone interested in learning more about this project (especially after perusing the documents below) is welcome to reach out to Dr. Wisdom, or to Dr. Edward Balleisen, faculty PI and Duke's Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.

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Read our 2019 Final Report

Read about VH@Duke in Change: The Magazine of HIgher Learning