Ph.D. Student Summer Internship Fellowships (SIFs) [Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Grad Students Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

To expand opportunities for Ph.D. students to augment their core research and training by acquiring additional skills, knowledge or experiences, the Duke Career Center, together with The Graduate School and Office of the Provost, will offer support for student-designed summer internships and invites proposals from Ph.D. students who wish to pursue this opportunity in summer 2024.

We will consider proposals from current Ph.D. students without full summer funding for internships with a community organization, government agency, NGO, cultural institution or Duke organization. (Internships with for-profit institutions are not currently eligible for support through this program.) Please note that internal (Duke) organizations must commit to support 50% of fellowship costs (estimated at $4,825 for a 12-week fellowship stipend in summer 2024).

Proposals should describe the nature of internship activities and explain how the experience will contribute to the student’s intellectual trajectory and professional goals. Successful past applications have made a compelling case for how the proposed experience would amplify the student’s intellectual agenda beyond the standard offerings within their program and opportunities otherwise available at Duke. The review process will be overseen by the Office of the Provost, Duke Career Center, and The Graduate School.

Application deadline: February 23, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • All current Ph.D. students who do not have full summer funding may propose internships. Students who will matriculate in the summer/fall of 2024 are not eligible.
  • SIF recipients may receive other Duke summer funding. Students with external funding should consult with their graduate programs on their eligibility for SIF funding.
  • Internships should involve up to three months of engagement. Internships must take place between May 17 and August 16, 2024 with no more than 19.9 hours/week of engagement.
  • In-person, remote and hybrid internships of 6, 8, or 12 weeks will be considered. Students must reside in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction available for Duke employment. In addition, internship hosts must be based either in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction available for Duke employment.
  • International Ph.D. student applicants who reside in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction detailed below should consult as soon as possible with Duke Visa Services for assistance with filing applications for Curricular Practical Training and any other visa-related requirements.
  • All recipients will be required to take the experiential workshop, GS950, during Duke Summer Session I or II.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


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

External Deadline

February 23, 2024