Applications for Story+ Summer 2023

Summer 2023 Program Statement: Story+ 2023 will be a completely in-person program at Duke featuring six teams. For undergraduate students, Story+ is a full-time commitment starting Wednesday, May 17, 2023 and ending Friday, June 30, 2023, with the expectation that Story+ students will not take summer courses or make work arrangements that conflict with their team's work schedule. While most teams will schedule their work between 9 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday, some programs that require engagement with off-campus community members might require occasional work outside those hours, in keeping with but not exceeding expectations of full-time responsibilities. This should be your only significant engagement for the six weeks of the program. The undergraduate research stipend will be $3,150. While we will help connect you to on-campus housing resources, room and board arrangements (on or off campus) are the responsibility of participants.

Graduate student project managers, whose commitment is for a similar time frame with more limited hours, will receive a stipend in line with graduate student summer funding requirements and expectations. The details of these stipends will be shared here as soon as they are available.

We will update this site, and any who've applied, should University and local health guidance recommend we shift our projects to hybrid or remote.

Stipend Statement: Generally students receive their stipends in two equal payments at the end of each program month, May and June. Please be aware that policies may require different payment paperwork and longer approval processes for students in select categories, including (but not limited to) international students, non-Duke students, DKU students, non-US citizens. In such cases, you may not receive your stipend according to the timeline mentioned above. Please email and/or contact the visa office and/or reach out to your financial aid advisor for guidance on making summer plans.

Story+ Application link:

When applying, you'll be able to select, and rank, up to three different Story+ projects.

For the application, you'll be asked to provide the following information:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • A one-paragraph Statement of Interest per project chosen (250 words)
  • A one-paragraph Contribution Statement per project chosen detailing the experiences, strengths, skills, interests, and abilities in humanities research you bring to the project (250 words)
  • Up to two References (no actual letters, just names and email addresses)

For any questions about the program or application, please contact

We strongly encourage you to review what project leaders indicate as to the desired qualities of team participants and if they request any supplemental materials for you to upload. Full details about each Story+ project can be found on the Story+ page.

UPDATE FEB 23: The priority deadline for all student applications was 11:59 pm February 22, 2023, but applications will continue to be reviewed after that deadline if spaces are available. Project descriptions will be updated when all team positions are filled.

PROGRAM DEADLINE UPDATE (MARCH 7, 2023): WE CONTINUE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR ALL PROJECTS UNTIL OUR REVIEW PROCESS IS COMPLETE. REVIEW IS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY. Interested students may still apply. To increase the chance of finding a placement, we encourage students to identify three teams they would be interested in working with. As we fill teams, we'll make a note on each project description.