Preparing Future Faculty

  • What: Yearlong experience to explore the different roles faculty serve in a variety of academic institutions
  • Open to: Duke Ph.D. students and postdocs
  • When: Throughout the academic year
  • Next application cycle: Late spring 2023 for the 2023-2024 program

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 Session

Each spring, The Graduate School holds an information session about the Preparing Future Faculty program led by current PFF fellows. Check back later for the date of the 2023 information session.


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

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