Preparing Future Faculty [For Duke Grad Students and Post-Docs Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

First launched in 1993, the Preparing Future Faculty program at Duke provides a yearlong experience for PhD students and postdocs to prepare them for the multiple roles they may be asked to assume as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions. The program provides a wider range of educational experiences than are generally available to students in their Duke departments.

PFF fellows learn about the broad range of faculty roles and responsibilities by visiting nearby cluster campuses, working closely with a mentor at one of five partner institutions, and attending colloquia at Duke on critical issues in academia, such as academic freedom, tenure, campus governance, teaching, service, and gender issues.

Typically about 25 to 30 PFF fellows are selected annually, including up to five postdoctoral fellows. The program follows the academic calendar, and we expect those selected as fellows to participate fully during the entire academic year.

. Applications for AY 21-22 will be accepted beginning in May and are due by June 11, 2021.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The PFF program is open to currently enrolled PhD students at Duke who are in good standing in any department or program of study, and to postdoctoral appointees at Duke.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


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

External Deadline

June 11, 2021