Kenan Summer Fellows Applications NOW OPEN!!!

What does it mean to live an ethical life?

Kenan Summer Fellows spend a summer exploring—in a variety of ways—the answers to that question. Between five and six fellows receive funds to support a project which spans eight consecutive weeks between mid-May and mid-August, 2022. Fellows will gather as a cohort periodically (see schedule below) to reflect on the ethical questions raised in their work and any practical difficulties they encounter over the course of the fellowship.


Status: Duke undergraduates who are in their first or second year of study at the time of application, and who are enrolled in classes at Duke's Durham campus for Spring 2022.

 Discipline: Student with ALL backgrounds, experience and interests are encouraged to apply. Priority given to declared Ethics & Society Certificate students.

 No conflicts/combining with other funding: Participation in this program must not conflict with other departmental or external funding sources. Students may not combine KSF funds with any other Duke funds, such as other fellowships.

Participation of Faculty Mentor: Applicants must indicate at the time of application that a Duke faculty member has agreed to serve as their mentor for the fellowship. The KSF team will reach out to the faculty mentors of selected applicants to confirm their agreement to participate.


·       8 consecutive weeks of full-time work (amounting to 300 hours) on proposed project over the course of the summer and concluded by the first day of classes.

·       Attendance to the following events. (exact dates TBD based on fellows' project timelines):

o   February/March: Orientation/in-person IRB training.

o   May:  Zoom group workshop

o   June: Zoom group workshop

o   July:  Zoom group workshop

o   August: In-person debrief and presentations

·       Completion of short readings/assignments in preparation for each workshop.

·       Three reflection blog posts: blogs will be workshopped with KIE advisor. Fellows will write at least two drafts of each blog before they are published on the KIE website. 

·       Project Presentation at debrief gathering in August

·       A final budget report accounting for how KSF funds were used

·       Faculty mentor check-ins: Fellows must communicate regularly with their faculty mentor, a minimum of 4 check-ins is required (according to the schedule agreed on with the mentor and proposed in the student's application).


$5,000 to support a project which spans eight consecutive weeks between mid-May and mid-August, 2022. Fellows' faculty mentors will receive $500 each for their participation.


Applications are due February 1st, 2022 at 5pm.  

Final decisions will be communicated by February 11th, 2021.

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