Anne Firor Scott Public Scholars Fellowship [Duke Internal Funding -- for Duke Grad Students Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Anne Firor Scott Public Scholarship Fellowship, funded directly by The Graduate School, supports one advanced graduate student with a strong interest in carrying out dissertation research that connects with broader public constituencies through innovative forms of scholarly publication (including digital projects of the use of social media) or forms of community engagement and advocacy.

The fellowship provides an academic-year stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School-recommended Arts and Sciences nine-month stipend rate), as well as tuition, mandatory fees, and the health-insurance premium for fellowship recipients who enroll in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in significant work in public scholarship, for and with the broader community outside of Duke, by working in collaboration with the Forum for Scholars & Publics (FSP) to develop programming, workshops, community engagement, or digital projects. FSP will provide the successful applicant with support for programming and projects.

The Anne Firor Scott Fellowship was created in honor of Scott, a pioneer historian of American women. She served on the Duke University History Department faculty from 1961 to 1991. Scott was the first professor at Duke to include women's scholarship in her teaching and research. She wrote numerous books and publications including The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830-1930. Initially published in 1970 as the first study to be based on a close review of women's personal documents, it remains in print today as baseline for the modern study of southern women's history. In 1980, she was appointed the first women to chair the History Department at Duke and was named the William K. Boyd Professor of History—a distinction which she continues to hold as professor emerita.

Deadline: Nov. 13, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester before the period covered by the award.
  • Students are not eligible for this award if they have already received one of the following: Evan Frankel Fellowship, Rubenstein Library Internship, Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship.
  • Applicants are expected to have completed their examinations and be in the dissertation-writing stage in their Ph.D. program at Duke University.
  • No other award (whether fellowship or service-related) may be held concurrently with this fellowship without special permission from the dean of The Graduate School.
  • Each department can only nominate up to two students each year for this award. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 13, 2023