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Cohort Eight Applications Now Closed

The application period for Cohort Eight is now closed. Applicants and their references will receive confirmation emails that their materials have been received. Applicants can expect to hear from the Doris Duke Fellowships staff in February 2018 regarding the status of their application.

To sign up for updates on the fellowships, please fill out the form on the Contact page. For any other questions, please e-mail ddfellowships@chapinhall.org.

Introduction to the Fellowship

The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being are offered by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

Fellows are selected from an open, competitive national application process each year; 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Each fellow receives an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance. For more information on selecting your academic mentor or policy mentor, please visit the Mentors page

Who Should Apply

Because the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment require knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the program is multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—-but not limited to—-child development, counseling, education, epidemiology, medicine, nursing, psychology, public health, public policy, social work, and sociology. Fellows' dissertations must be focused on an aspect of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment. Fellows will participate in two in-person meetings and several online webinars and learning activities during each fellowship year; additionally, fellows will work in a small group on a project. As such, applicants should be ready and excited to collaborate in an interdisciplinary peer learning network on a variety of projects.


Fellows must be enrolled in a doctoral program at an accredited United States academic institution. Fellows must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Materials

Doris Duke Fellowships Application Checklist
Doris Duke Fellowships Application Form
Doris Duke Fellowships Personal and Research Statement
Doris Duke Fellowships Letter of Commitment
Doris Duke Fellowships Academic Mentor Recommendation Form
Doris Duke Fellowships Policy Mentor Recommendation Form
Doris Duke Fellowships Third Reference Recommendation Form 

Application Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
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