Duke Summer Institute for Professional Studies (D-SIPS)


Duke Summer Institute for Professional Studies

June 6-17, 2016, Sanford School of Public Policy Room 102

D-SIPS is a summer program designed to help faculty and researchers grow academically and professionally, and to position them to secure funding and other support to contribute to their respective fields of study. The program is targeted toward postdoctoral fellows and faculty who face challenges in pursuing a research agenda because of higher teaching loads. D-SIPS fellows will be encouraged to further develop their research, writing, and data analysis skills. The program should improve proficiency with quantitative and qualitative methods and to provide researchers with a framework for how to conduct rigorous research more efficiently.


D-SIPS is administered through the Research on Education and Development of Youth (REDY) program and the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI).


Training would focus on three components associated with life within the academy:

Research & Writing

A refresher course on research methods

Statistics for social science researchers

Managing/analyzing data (R, SAS, SPSS, Stata)

Getting published, writing for peer review


How to identify funding

Grant writing

Grant reporting

Networking with foundations/funding sources


Career Growth

Writing an effective CV (NIH, NSF)

Effective presentations

Job Talks

Social Media


How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis or until classes are full.  Please submit the following application materials to Terrell@duke.edu.

4 page CV with academic and work history

Sample of research paper/article

Two letters of recommendation

One page essay describing why you would like to be a D-SIPS fellow

Work-in progress that you would like to receive feedback on (please limit to 5 pages)


Tuition for the two-week session includes summer housing on Duke University’s campus, enrollment in the university meal plan for unscheduled meals, course materials, and access to the Duke University libraries.  Transportation to and from Duke University and incidentals would not be included. Discounts would be available for organizations supporting two or more participants.  Please contact D-SIPS at (919) 681-4976.