The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke supports the interdisciplinary teaching, research, and practice of ethics through a variety of means. Resources are available to current faculty, students, and staff, in addition to project support that spans multiple universities and a residency fellowship in regulatory governance.
Bass Connections at Duke
Bass Connections at Duke supports vertically integrated teams of students and faculty across campus to engage in problem-based research built around five core themes: Brain & Society; Information, Society & Culture; Global Health; Education & Human Development; and Energy. The Kenan Institute for Ethics offers additional support for projects that align with the Institute’s five program areas and that feature a public symposium sharing their research findings. Project proposals are reviewed annually; see the Bass Connections website for details.
Collaborative Faculty Grants
In Fall 2015, the Kenan Institute for Ethics began a call for collaborative faculty grants in ethics. The call invited proposals for up to $20,000 for new, interdisciplinary scholarly projects in ethics broadly conceived. The CFP was open to projects with at least three regular rank faculty at Duke University, and aimed to generate new confluences of collaborative faculty scholarship both in fields of long standing scholarly import and in emerging areas of ethical inquiry. See last fall’s CFP for more information.
Kenan Creative Collaboratory
The Kenan Creative Collaboratory is part incubator, part collaboration, and part laboratory. Projects draw participants from at least two of the four universities that house Kenan institutes, including Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The project teams aim to address challenges that exist in North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The long-term impact of the projects will come from sharing resulting findings and policy recommendations as well as problem-solving models for how the projects could be replicated or adapted in other places or spheres. The projects relate to at least two of the institute themes: private enterprise; engineering and technology science; ethics; and the arts.
Kenan Institute for Ethics Campus Grants
The Campus Grants program allows members of the Duke community to incorporate ethics into their own work. Grants of up to $500 are available to all members of the Duke community—students, faculty, and staff—to support initiatives that promote ethical or moral reflection, deliberation, and dialogue at Duke and beyond. We welcome diverse perspectives and submissions from organizations and individuals in all areas of the University and the Medical Center. Campus Grant funding provides support for speakers, workshops, meetings, curriculum development, publications, organizational collaborations, and other activities. Travel grants for attending conferences or other individual activities will not be awarded. Check the Campus Grants page for the fall and spring cycle deadlines.
George C. Lamb, Jr. Regulatory Fellows in Regulatory Governance
The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, in collaboration with Duke’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Fuqua School of Business, annually hosts 1-2 residential George C. Lamb, Jr. Fellowships per academic year. Fellows work with the Rethinking Regulation program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, a multi-disciplinary community comprised of faculty members and graduate/professional students from many academic departments and professional schools at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. Fellows lead and participate in workshops, collaborate on projects with Duke faculty, and teach undergraduate courses.
The Kenan Institute for Ethics selects 6-10 graduate student applications for the Graduate Student Fellowships each academic year. Students from any Duke graduate program may apply. Ideal candidates will be in the 3rd or 4th year of their PhD studies: finished all (or almost all) of their coursework requirements, but still developing new ideas and approaches for their dissertation research. The Fellows receive an award of $3000 that supplements their current funding, and they meet the second Monday of every month over lunch in a seminar with fellow graduate students and faculty. For more information, visit the Graduate Fellowship page.
Rethinking Regulation Graduate Research Awards
The Rethinking Regulation Program at the Kenan Institute for Ethics annually awards small research grants to graduate and professional students related to the analysis of regulatory governance, either for a pilot study that might turn into an eventual dissertation topic, or for an already formulated dissertation project. For more information, visit the Rethinking Regulation website.
The Graduate Arts Fellowship is open to MFAEDA program students entering their second year. It is meant to encourage a student with interests in the area of ethics, broadly construed, to deepen this connection through engagement with the faculty, fellows, staff, and students at the Kenan Institute for Ethics over the course of an academic year. Responsibilities for the fellowship include curation of an exhibit and associated program during the fall semester; engagement with undergraduates during the spring semester; and serving as a judge for Team Kenan’s annual What Is Good Art? visual art competition in late spring. Visit the KIE Graduate Arts Fellow page for more information.