Apply for the Bass Digital Education Fellowship for Duke Ph.D. Students

Apply for the Bass Digital Education Fellowship! The Fellowship is offered through a partnership with Duke Learning Innovation and the Duke Graduate School.

Attend an information session Oct. 10

Attend an information session October 10, 2019, 3:00-4:30pm, at the French Family Science Center, 2231 Bonk Auditorium. Register here.

The fellowship offers Duke Ph.D. students an opportunity to collaborate on leading-edge projects in partnership with Duke faculty and under the guidance of Learning Innovation, where we support faculty to advance teaching innovation, to explore new digital technologies for learning, and to develop new online education models and programs. Fellows who complete the program will also partially fulfill the requirements for the Graduate School’s Certificate in College Teaching.

How to Apply

Applications are now open for the 2020-2021 fellowship and are submitted through Duke Graduate School. Apply now! Applications are due Nov. 18, 2019. Award recipients will be notified by mid-December 2019.

Meet the Current Fellows on Oct. 10

Current fellows will be available to discuss their projects and the fellowship experience.

My dissertation research intersects with digital media and pedagogy, and through the Bass Digital Education fellowship, I am able to work with faculty associated with the new Games & Culture Lab on video game studies and design which will translate to many of the positions I’m interested in pursuing upon graduation.

Katya Gorecki, PhD candidate, Duke English Department

Duke University’s mission calls me to be a lifelong learner using the power of digital technologies. Being a member of the first cohort of Bass Digital Education Fellows is an exceptional opportunity! The fellowship will provide access to the resources I need to continue my development in teaching, while identifying and developing best practices to apply when disseminating knowledge.

Edgar Andrés Virgüez, PhD student, Nicholas School of the Environment

Eligibility and Funding

The Bass Digital Education Fellowship Program is available to qualified Ph.D. students in any department at Duke. To be eligible, Ph.D. students must have completed their preliminary exams and coursework by the end of the spring semester prior to the start of term of the fellowship, and must be in good academic standing to apply. See a full list of eligibility criteria and required application materials.

Fellowship Components

  • A seminar course that prepares students to critically engage with themes of 21st century teaching and learning (GS762: Digital Pedagogy);
  • Digital Education fellowship: Practical opportunities to develop teaching skills and gain direct experience for an academic year collaborating on faculty-led digital projects with Learning Innovation;
  • A seminar series (GS772: Bass Digital Education Colloquium) where fellows engage with Duke faculty and digital education leaders.

The Bass Digital Education Fellowship is an opportunity that immediately spoke to my experiences and career goals. Through the fellowship, I have already benefited from working with Duke faculty, project managers, and digital learning specialists to develop an online computational programming course for undergraduates. I plan to leverage my work as a fellow to launch a career in the design and advocacy for high-quality, open-source online learning.

Jonathan Holt, PhD student, Civil and Environmental Engineering


If you have any questions about the fellowship program, or would like to learn more about potential projects, contact Learning Innovation 

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