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The Race and the Professions Fellowship is a year-long program made possible by The Duke Endowment inviting Duke graduate and professional students to explore challenges of racial inequities and the work of anti-racism in the professions.

In the spring of 2020, COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd laid bare longstanding racial disparities in the United States. In a period of a few weeks, these twin events further exposed the vulnerability of people of color both to systemic injustices of poor health care and poverty, and to overt acts of violence, lending new energy to the longstanding struggle against racism.

The Fellowship on Race and the Professions stands alongside other efforts at Duke to confront racism, by focusing on the role the professions and professionals play in both maintaining and combating racial injustices. Because racism is built into the professions and the institutions they represent (e.g., companies, courts, legislatures, churches, cities, and hospitals), students pursuing a profession (business, law, public policy, ministry, engineering, medicine, and nursing, among others) are especially well-placed to take a close look racism in the professions, and to consider how to be good professionals in the face of systemic racism.

The Fellowship engages fellows with scholars, activists, artists, and practitioners working on issues of race. During the summer, fellows can pursue an optional, funded project that aligns with the vision of the fellowship.

  • The schedule Fall 2020 sessions is available here.
  • You can learn about the application process for the 2021-2022 Race and the Professions Fellowship here.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Race and the Professions Fellows