What does it mean to live an ethical life?
Kenan Summer Fellows spend a summer exploring—in a variety of ways—the answers to that question. Fellows receive funds to support a project which spans eight consecutive weeks. Projects must begin by June 12th and conclude by August 4th. Fellows will gather as a cohort periodically for workshops led by the faculty director, and reflect on the ethical questions raised in their work and any practical difficulties they encounter over the course of the fellowship.
2023 Kenan Summer Fellows
Status: Duke undergraduates who are in their first or second year of study at the time of application, and who are enrolled in classes at Duke’s Durham campus for Spring 2023.
Discipline: Students with ALL backgrounds, experience and interests are encouraged to apply. Priority given to Ethics & Society Certificate students.
No conflicts/combining with other funding: Participation in this program must not conflict with other departmental or external funding sources. Students may not combine KSF funds with any other Duke funds, such as other fellowships.
Participation of Faculty Mentor: Applicants must indicate in their application that a Duke faculty member has agreed to serve as their mentor for the fellowship. Kenan Institute staff will reach out to the faculty mentors of selected applicants to confirm their agreement to participate.
-8 consecutive weeks of full-time work (amounting to 300 hours) on proposed project. Project must begin no later than June 12th and must conclude by August 4th. Exceptions will be considered for minor timeline adjustments, please indicate any expected need for adjustment in your application.
-Attendance to the following events (exact dates TBD):
- Feb/March: Orientation, in-person IRB training
- June: Zoom group workshop
- July: Zoom group workshop
- August: Zoom group workshop
- First week of September: In-person debrief and presentations
-Completion of short readings/assignments in preparation for each workshop
-Three reflection essays: Essays will be workshopped with KIE advisor and faculty director. Fellows will write at least two drafts of each essay.
-Project presentation at debrief gathering in September
-Final budget report accounting for how KSF funds were used
-Faculty mentor check-ins, as agreed on with faculty mentor. A minimum of four check-ins is required
$5,000 to support a project with spans eight consecutive weeks during the summer of 2023. Fellows’ faculty mentors will receive $500 each to their research funds for their participation.
Applicants must submit a 2-3 page proposal (12 point Times New Roman maximum, single spaced, 1 inch margins) outlining their summer project. Proposals should include:
-A cover page indicating:
- project title
- your name
- your graduation year
- name of faculty advisor
– The main question your project will ask
-A detailed explanation of your project, and how it addresses living an ethical life
-Description of overall project significance
-Explanation of how you are prepared for this project
-Project dates and week-by-week schedule
-The plan you and your faculty mentor have agreed on for how/when you will meet (minimum of four times): e.g. weekly phone calls or zoom check-ins
-A detailed budget accounting for how you will use the $5000 (see sample):
Send applications via email to: Kali.firstname.lastname@example.org
Email subject should read: KSF 2023 APPLICATION
Applications are due by midnight on February 1st, 2023.
Final decisions will be communicated by February 11th, 2023.
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
Past Questions Have Included:
- What is the place of integrity, sincerity, or steadfast truthfulness, in living an ethical life?
- Ethical journalism – what does it mean to ethically tell others’ stories?
- What are the qualities of character required to live an ethical life?
- Does engaging in politics require compromising one’s ethical principles?
- What does ethical outdoor recreation look like?
- How do institutions nurture or impede people’s ability to lead more ethical lives?
- How should we define and balance our obligations of justice and care to fellow citizens, immigrants and refugees, human beings across the globe, and the injustices of the past?