Postgraduate Fellowship in Ethics

Be part of a lively, fun and diverse community of faculty, staff and students committed to promoting ethical dialogue and change at Duke and beyond. Apply to the Kenan Institute for Ethics one-year fellowship for recent graduates!


The 2015-2016 Fellow is Cece Mercer, an alumna of the KIE Focus cluster, DukeImmerse: Uprooted/Rerouted, 2013 Kenan Summer Fellow, and leader of the MASTERY tutoring program.

The Position

  • Partner to develop, design and administer programs for students inside and outside the classroom. Promote community engagement with Durham. Facilitate Project Change, curate the Ethics Films Series, manage the Campus Grants program, be the lead writer for the Kenan Insider blog, and much more!

The Application

  • Open to graduating Duke seniors.
  • Applicants must submit a CV, a one-page letter of interest, writing sample, and two one-page letters of reference (one from a faculty member). There is no application form to fill out.
  • References must be in signed and sealed envelopes. Deliver to The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, by hand: 102 West Duke Building; by mail: Campus Box 90432. Please indicate “Stephen and Janet Bear Postgraduate Fellowship” on the envelope.

The Compensation

  • Receive a $30,000 fellowship, benefits, travel stipend, and an office at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Past Bear Postgraduate Fellows:

  • Brianna Nofil (2012-2013), who worked closely with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Nathan Nye (2013-2014), whose work included social media strategic planning and work the the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics
  • Michaela Dwyer (2013-2014, 2014-2015), who co-organized the visiting writers series in ethics, society, and documentary art and curated the 2015 Ethics Film Series.

For questions, please contact Suzanne Shanahan at