Continuing Education Opportunities at Duke

Duke Employee Tuition Assistance Program

  • The Employee Tuition Assistance Program provides tuition reimbursement for full-time employees with at least two years of continuous full-time service for classes taken at Duke (or any other higher educational institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools with a physical presence in North Carolina). Courses must be related to the employee’s current job or continued career growth at Duke.
  • Special Employee Tuition Rate for Duke Classes: Staff and faculty may take courses at Duke at a special tuition rate that represents a savings of more 80 percent off regular tuition. As part of the program offered through Duke Continuing Studies, employees working at least 20 hours per week can take an undergraduate course for academic credit for $975; the normal rate for the fall semester is $5,287. Or, employees can audit a class for $100 instead of the regular $514 audit fee. A maximum of two courses can be taken per semester through the program; one per summer session. The program is independent of the Employee Tuition Assistance Program offered through Duke Human Resources. However, staff and faculty may use the tuition assistance program to be reimbursed for courses taken for academic credit, as long as tuition assistance eligibility requirements are met. Employees who complete a for-credit course can receive a Duke transcript showing the grade. Employees can use the transcript to apply for a transfer of credit if they choose to apply later for a bachelor’s degree program at Duke or if they enroll in a degree program at another higher education institution. The Special Duke Employee Tuition Rate program applies only to undergraduate classes from Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke Marine Lab and Sanford School of Public Policy. Courses and programs not eligible for the special tuition rate include: music lessons, physical education courses, study abroad, courses at the Pratt School of Engineering and classes numbered 700 or higher. For more information, visit the Continuing Studies website.

Technology and Statistical Training

Professional Development

  • Duke Postdoctoral Services Workshop and Seminars--Check out our events calendar for upcoming professional development workshops and seminars.
  • Duke Postdoctoral Services YouTube Channel--Videos of professional development seminars on topics including the academic job search, the non-academic job search, grantsmanship, and more.
  • Duke Learning and Organization Development (L&OD)--L&OD offers classes in computer technology, management/leadership development, and work skills development.
  • Duke Continuing Studies--Community members may take graduate and undergraduate courses for credit on a nondegree basis or on an auditor basis.
  • Teaching IDEAS Workshops (Instructional Development for Excellence And Success): This annual workshop series is open to Duke faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Speakers will draw upon their experience to address topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  • Free Online Courses through Coursera for Duke: Coursera for Duke gives Duke students, staff, and faculty free access to 54 Duke-created Coursera courses and 3 specialization certificates. These co-curricular digital courses include Programming Fundamentals, English Composition, Statistics, Big Data, Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Advertising and Society, Challenges of Global Health, Nanotechnology, and many more.  The Duke community can enroll at any time and learn at their own pace, with no grade, and no additional academic pressure.

Clinical Research/Regulatory Affairs

  • Duke Office of Clinical Research (DOCR) offers classroom training programs & lunchtime seminars. CRSO creates and implement classroom training programs for Duke investigators, clinical research coordinators, financial and research study staff. In addition, there are three monthly lunchtime seminars that provide research personnel opportunities to gain insight into Duke clinical research practices, specific regulations and guidelines, and various other facets of clinical research including administration and management strategies.
  • The Duke Office of Postdoctoral Services is approved as a remote site for the Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research course offered by the NIH Clinical Center. This course is open to all Duke postdocs, graduate students, faculty and staff. The course runs from September through March each year.
  • Duke Office of Regulatory Affairs and Quality offers the Regulatory Affairs Training Program, which provides an overview of the regulatory affairs profession and offers an in-depth look at premarket regulatory work related to drugs, biologics, and medical devices. The program is open to all interested individuals and is free of charge. ORAQ also offers educational seminars aimed at bringing together academic researchers, industry, and regulatory experts to discuss ideas, lessons learned and develop strategies for navigating the complex regulatory pathways that accompany translational research.

Grantwriting and Scientific Writing

  • Interested in finding funding? Through the Duke Office of Research Support, postdocs can set up a COS PIVOT account. PIVOT maintains a database of grants, fellowships, and other funding information from public and private, domestic and international sources. Though the name refers to holdings on science funding, this service also offers a wealth of information on social sciences, humanities & community outreach funding. This valuable tool can also help you make connections within Duke University with its database of Duke faculty and postdocs. Creating a PIVOT COS email alert is an invaluable tool for researchers investigating funding options. Please note: You must use your Duke email address when creating your COS PIVOT account. ORS also provides help with other funding search tools, including Foundation Directory Online and internal funding opportunities.
  • The Duke Office of Campus Research Development provides toolkits focusing on either a specific federal funding agency or a specific funding program within a federal funding agency. These toolkits include templates and guidance documents to help write proposals. You can access any of the toolkits with your Duke NetID.
  • Grantwriting Resources from NIH NIAID, including sample applications, application tips, and budget planning resources. Useful for anyone writing an NIH grant.
  • Scientific Writing Resources compiled by the NIH Library, including links to the Duke University Online Science Writing Course and The Science of Scientific Writing by noted Duke professor George Gopen.