In recent years, graduate students in the humanities have expressed an increasing interest in expanding their training to incorporate arenas beyond academia. In August 2016, Duke received a three-year Next Generation Ph.D. Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to increase the versatility of our humanities doctoral students by preparing them for success in academic and non-academic careers. The program, Versatile Humanists at Duke, provides opportunities and resources such as internships, innovation grants, project management experiences, and one-to-one advising for Ph.D. students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences
Note: While the initial three-year grant has concluded, many of the resources and support developed by the program remain (see the program website). See the final report (PDF) to the NEH for a summary of the program's efforts, successes, and lessons learned.