Story+ is a 6-week paid summer research experience for Duke students—undergraduates and graduates—interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more). The program combines research with an emphasis on storytelling for different public audiences. In Story+, students are organized into small project teams and have the opportunity to participate in a flexible mini “curriculum” on research methods and storytelling strategies. Team projects may be led by Duke faculty, Duke librarians, or non-profit organizations, and will be supervised on a day-to-day basis by graduate student mentors.

Story+ takes place during Summer Session 1. Undergraduate students will receive up to $3,000 to defray housing and living expenses. Please note that amounts may be lower for projects with off-campus components, as special arrangements for housing, meals, etc. will be made for students at the field sites. For participating students receiving need-based financial aid, Duke will assume responsibility for half of the "summer earnings" requirement. Graduate students can receive stipend or travel support up to $2,500. 

Please browse below to explore our 2019 offerings and to learn more about Story+ projects from 2017 and 2018. Story+ is offered through the FHI and Bass Connections, with support from the Duke University Libraries and Versatile Humanists at Duke.


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Ordination of women continues to remain a controversial issue in... read more »

23 and We is a 6-week research program that trains... read more »

Our story starts a millennium ago, in the ninth century. A... read more »

For the Story+ summer 2018 project, An Illustrated Memoir of... read more »

This Story+ project focused on empowering girls in Appalachia... read more »

As part of its larger public engagement initiative, the National... read more »

This Story+ team collected oral histories about the last half-... read more »

This project seeks to document the turbulent relationship... read more »

The project involved mining the Left of Black archive,... read more »

For Harriet Tubman’s 1868 carte-de-visit she sits in a full... read more »

Over 300 years ago, Daniel Defoe immortalized the survival story... read more »

Story+ Preaching and Protest investigated the... read more »

Advertising is a powerful force within society—both... read more »

For this Story+ program students used a series of new... read more »

Nearly sixty years ago, a group of visionaries from the North... read more »

In July 2020, Duke will join the national trend of university... read more »

Since opening its doors in 1932, the Duke Chapel has served as... read more »

Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) has been working with... read more »

American capitalism has always created opportunities for... read more »

The United States has seen an explosion of efforts to raise... read more »

From the removal of white supremacist Julian S. Carr’s name from... read more »

Students who participated in the Allen Building Takeover @ 50 (... read more »

This project is an extended liner notes and online exhibition... read more »

Students explored materials from the Lisa Unger Baskin... read more »

​While most authors leave their texts largely untouched after... read more »