Graduate Awards

The Kenan Institute for Ethics currently offers an annual Graduate Award and Fellows program to support the ethics-related research and teaching of Duke graduate students.


Kenan Graduate Arts Fellowship
KIE offers a fellowship for students enrolled in the MFAEDA program entering her or his second year. The Graduate Arts Fellowship 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. The fellowship comes with a $5,000 stipend (half due in the fall; half in the spring) that supplements any other funding a student already receives. For more information, contact Christian Ferney at

Responsibilities include:

1) The Exhibit During the fall semester, fellows will curate an exhibit rooted in at least one of the Institute’s core areas of substantive inquiry: human rights; global migration; rethinking regulation; morality & decision-making; and religion & public life. The exhibit may consist entirely or partially of the fellow’s original work, but the fellow may also curate a show comprised of others’ work. The exhibit should be at least partially displayed in the gallery space situated in between the offices at the Kenan Institute for Ethics in the West Duke Building. The fellow will also plan and coordinate a lecture, panel, or similar program related to the exhibit. Some funds and assistance will be available for the fall exhibit, associated program, and a reception.

2) Student Engagement During the spring semester, the fellow will participate in an engagement activity with undergraduates. The parameters of engagement are deliberately broad, and we welcome suggestions for activities from applicants. Possibilities include guest lecturing for an Ethics Certificate Program discussion course session; planning and participating in an experimental and/or documentary arts-themed intervention with Team Kenan; or working with the professor of a spring course on a component germane to the fellow’s interests.

3) What Is Good Art? Judging The fellow will sit on the jury of experts in visual art and/or ethics for Team Kenan’s annual visual art competition and show, What Is Good Art? The fellow will be an integral part of the judging dinner, to be held in March, and must be present at the What Is Good Art? opening reception in early April.

Graduate Fellows
Our Graduate Fellows are an interdisciplinary group of advanced graduate students chosen through nomination, who participate in a monthly seminar with faculty discussing faculty and graduate student work in progress. The Graduate Fellowships are meant to encourage students with research interests in the area of ethics, broadly construed, to meet and discuss their research with other fellows, KIE faculty, and visiting speakers over the course of the year. Faculty and graduate fellows meet on Mondays for lunch and to discuss research presented from someone within the group or by a visiting speaker. Students from all relevant disciplines are eligible, and students in the earlier stages of their graduate careers are encouraged to participate. Attendance at the weekly Monday workshops is required; the fellowship comes with a $5,000 stipend that supplements any other funding a student already receives. For further information, please contact Kieran Healy,