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Preparing Future Faculty

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.

Information Sessions

Each spring, The Graduate School holds an information session about the Preparing Future Faculty program led by current PFF fellows. This year, the information session will be held via Zoom on May 3, 2022 (register now).


To apply to PFF, you can get complete instructions and a link to submit your application here:

How to apply to PFF

More Info

PFF Benefits

PFF Requirements

Partner Institutions

PFF Fellows

PFF Advisory Board

Resources for Fellows and Mentors


Hugh Crumley, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
The Graduate School
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90065
Durham, NC 27708