Bridge Program

Bridge Program

Duke Classical Studies is proud to offer a Bridge-to-the-PhD Fellowship program, which is designed to lower barriers of access to graduate study for talented students from underrepresented communities (including first generation students and students from low-income backgrounds) who would benefit from an additional year of language training before matriculating into our PhD program. Bridge Fellows will be selected by the faculty of Classical Studies to spend a year in our department working intensively on the type of language training required for success in graduate work in our field. Fellows will undertake a tailored curriculum of coursework alongside individual mentoring by a departmental faculty member. Fellows are also fully integrated into graduate life in our department and have the same access to extracurricular events, training, and research as our current PhD students. Each fellow will be supported by a 12-month fellowship complete with a full tuition scholarship, a PhD level stipend with benefits, and full summer funding. They are also offered admission to our PhD program (assuming satisfactory progress).

How to Apply: Students interested in being considered for our Bridge-to-the-PhD Fellowship program should apply to our PhD program and include there all relevant documents; their Statement of Life Experiences should go into further detail about their interest in and reasons for applying to the Bridge Program. 

Note that applicants who indicate interest in being considered for our Bridge-to-the-PhD Fellowship program are not precluded from consideration for direct admission to the PhD program, nor are their applications to the PhD program at a disadvantage if they so indicate. We consider each applicant to any part of our program individually and holistically.

We know that the cost of applying to programs can itself be a barrier to entry. Applicants in need of an application fee waiver should contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

For further information on the program, please contact the Bridge-to-the-PhD Fellowship advisor, Professor Lauren Ginsberg: