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The Education and Human Development Scholars Program

The Education and Human Development Scholars Program

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Are you a graduate student interested in research on education and human development (EHD)? Are you looking for ways to connect with graduate students who share your interests but come at it from different disciplines? Are you looking for collaborators to help expand your research horizons or for opportunities to learn from top EHD scholars?

The Education and Human Development (EHD) Scholars Program provides doctoral students from a range of disciplines at Duke the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and pursue new directions in EHD research.

Hosted in the Education and Human Development Incubator in the Social Sciences Research Institute, the EHD Scholars Program supports doctoral students. Starting in January of 2016, scholars will participate in activities and have access to opportunities designed to sharpen their EHD research. These include:

  • Attending monthly seminars to explore complex issues in EHD research and policy.
  • Sharing learning from different perspectives within and across disciplines while developing interdisciplinary communication skills.
  • Forging new collaborations with other EHD scholars at Duke.
  • Collaborating with graduate colleagues on a joint project of their own design.
  • Becoming eligible for additional support through Bass Connections.

The EHD Scholars Program offers Duke doctoral candidates financial support, access to training in diverse social and behavioral science methods and tools, as well as computing and other research and administrative support in the Social Science Research Institute. Limited office space is available upon request.

Who can apply?

First-time applicants must be second- or third-year doctoral students who are developing ideas for their dissertation, with interest and exposure to EHD research or policy. Qualifying scholars may participate for more than one year. We will select applicants from social science departments and units across Duke University and from related disciplines annually via a competitive application process. Qualified applicants from other units will also be considered. 

What’s required?

  • Applicants must describe their interest in EHD research and/or policy; their commitment to pursue further training and to support other researchers in the EHD Scholars Program; and their understanding of the requirement to engage in a collaborative product they create in partnership with their EHD Scholar colleagues.
  • EHD Scholars will participate in monthly seminars where they will present their own research, learn about EHD research at Duke, and have the opportunity to connect with featured speakers.
  • A faculty mentor, department chair, or director of graduate studies must agree to each scholar’s participation as an EHD Scholar.
  • Commitment to work toward a culminating event or project, such as participating in a one-day conference or producing a white paper.

How do I apply?

Qualified students are invited to apply directly.

Faculty members are encouraged to nominate promising graduate students. The application deadline is October 16, 2015. Applicants will be notified no later than November 6, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Tyler Ransom



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