How To Join
Hart Fellows Eligibility
Hart Fellows are recent Duke graduates who have been out of school for fewer than two years, and have not yet earned an advanced degree.
Just as there is no typical Hart Fellowship experience, there is no typical Hart Fellow. Hart Fellows come to us with a wide variety of interests, experiences, and strengths. Fellows have majored in Public Policy, Religion, and Biology. The ideal candidate will have taken advantage of courses and experiential learning opportunties that provided preparation for working internationally on challenging social issues. A number of Hart Fellows studied or worked for extended periods in foreign countries and were proficient in one or more foreign languages when they applied to the program.
We are interested in students who have had formative experiences working directly with community organizations. Frequently, the community relationships were built through service-learning opportunities in Duke University courses, such as those offered by the Hart Leadership Program or the Center for Documentary Studies.
The ideal Hart Fellow is mature, self-reliant, open-minded, curious and reflective. He or she is able to build solid, respectful relationships with people from many diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The Hart Fellows Program is looking for people who see the world in a distinct way, and can communicate their vision and experiences clearly and persuasively.
If you become a Hart Fellow, you will be required to:
- Attend the pre-departure Hart Fellows Retreat from May 15-17, 2013.
- Complete your fellowship from July 2013-May 2014.
- Conduct an intensive research project in collaboration with your community partner.
- Write monthly reflection pieces, research updates and a midterm report.
- Submit a final report to the Hart Fellows Program and your community partner.
The Hart Fellows Program covers travel, living, and research expenses for the duration of the 10-month fellowship.
Applications for the 2013-2014 fellowship year are now available online. Click here to preview the application as a PDF. When preparing your application, please download a Microsoft Word version and type directly into the document. Applications are due at 5:00PM on Monday, February 18, 2013. Interviews will take place the week of February 25-March 1, and final decisions will be sent out on March 8, 2013. Before you submit your application, we recommend attending one of our information sessions:
- November 5, 2012 at 5:00PM in Sanford 223 (Rhodes Conference Room)
- January 9, 2013 at 5:00PM in Sanford 223 (Rhodes Conference Room)