Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Emerging Leaders Institute is an in-depth professional development program for Graduate School students and postdocs, designed to prepare you to perform as competent, confident, and effective leaders at Duke and beyond. The program is offered annually in the spring semester.

In five intensive workshops and an individual coaching session over the course of eight weeks, participants work with a team of experienced leadership facilitators and coaches to develop their communication, self-awareness, professional adaptability, interdisciplinary teamwork, and leadership skills.

Deadline: Dec. 6, 2023

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be current Graduate School students (Ph.D., M.S., A.M., M.F.A. or M.A.T. degree programs) in good academic standing or current postdocs with the classification of Postdoctoral Associate or Postdoctoral Scholar. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate the following in their essays:

  • A commitment to professional development connected with their career goals
  • A clear connection between their professional goals and the aims of the ELI program
  • A vision of themselves as leaders

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 6, 2023