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Ph.D. candidates in any Graduate School discipline who are expected to spend the majority of their time during the award year writing their dissertation.

The internship is for the University Center of Exemplary Mentoring at Duke, funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The two interns in this role will be assisting with the center’s efforts to increase the number of STEM PhDs in the physical sciences and engineering.

This eleven-month internship begins July 1 and runs through May 31. The internship provides an annual stipend equivalent to 11 months of the standard Graduate School stipend, as well as tuition and mandatory fees. In addition, The Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for the recipient who enrolls in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Application instructions (PDF) | Video walkthrough of application system

Each intern will work an average of approximately 19 hours per week, assisting The Graduate School staff with the day-to-day operations of the Duke UCEM and support for Sloan Scholars. Duties will include:

  • Assisting with Early Start summer program
  • Supporting Duke-Sloan Graduate Boot Camp (fall)
  • Organizing quarterly social outings for Sloan Scholars
  • Organizing  talks by faculty and Graduate School staff for Sloan Scholars
  • Holding meetings, both individually and in groups, with Sloan Scholars three times per academic year
  • Supporting Scholars through workshops and practice sessions for the annual Research Summit (spring)
  • Providing instruction and coordinating support as needed to Scholars to promote academic and professional success in the Sloan disciplines (e.g., creating effective poster presentations)
  • Collecting and reporting data related to the Sloan Scholars program
  • Maintaining and updating Sloan Scholars website
  • Manages design and editorial process for UCEN newsletter
  • Collaborates in designing programming to benefit Sloan Scholars success
  • Conducts benchmarking research on best practices in other UCEM institutions

Sloan Scholar programming, social gatherings, mentoring conversations, and other activities take place in-person, on campus and around the Durham area. While there are some opportunities for hybrid workshops online, preferential consideration is given to candidates who reside locally.


  • 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.
  • Applicant must expect to spend the majority of their time during the academic year funded by this award writing their dissertation, i.e. expect to be in their last year of their doctoral program.
  • Applicant must be a Ph.D. student in any Graduate School discipline

To Apply


  • Approval from your department (see step 1 below)
  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A copy of your current Duke transcript or DukeHub report (PDF)
  • Two letters of recommendation from your DGS and faculty advisor. If your DGS and faculty advisor are the same individual only one letter of recommendation is required.
  • A PDF that includes, in the following order,
    • An application letter that includes a statement of why you are interested in the internship and a description of your research skills and experience. This should be no more than 3 pages, using 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing, and Arial 12-point font.

PLEASE NOTE: If the DGS and/or faculty supervisor has already uploaded a letter of recommendation for a student for one or more other fellowships and is unable to upload a new one for this internship, the faculty member can email the recommendation letter to or, and it will be added to the student’s application record in AwardSpring.