Enhance your degree with a focused course sequence
- Aerospace Research
Students can expand their learning experience through the Aerospace Research Graduate Certificate. Faculty expertise includes structures and dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics, and mathematical and computational methods.
- Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering
A multidisciplinary certificate program integrates engineering, the life sciences, and medicine. The research focus of the program is the interaction of proteins, cells and tissues with materials and drugs in natural biological processes, and in medical diagnosis and therapy.
- Medical Robotics
Shape the future by designing machines that improve lives.
In addition to completing four high-impact courses, you'll join a special community — the uncommonly collaborative engineering and medical research neighborhood clustered just a few hundred meters apart along Duke's Research Drive.
Eligibility: Students should be candidates at Duke for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering or PhD in one of these Duke departments or programs: Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Electrical & Computer Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, or Science & Society.
The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics at Duke University offers a graduate certificate, open to any graduate student at Duke. The goal of the program is to provide a venue for students to learn more about photonics as a path to interdisciplinary research and technology development.
Duke MEMS participates in Duke's university-wide Graduate Certificate Program in Nanoscience—which provides an interdisciplinary education in the broad areas of nanoscience and nanomaterials.
- Robotics and Autonomy
Understand the autonomous systems driving independent, intelligent machines. The topic spans robotics, cyber-physical systems, internet of things, and medicine.
- AI for Materials
Utilize advanced data-driven artificial intelligence (AI) methodologies to explore and engineer novel materials that possess the essential properties necessary for effectively tackling the most significant challenges we face.
Apply your training in high-impact contexts
- Engineering in Service to Society Fellowship
Through the generous support of the Lord Foundation, PhD students in Duke's Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science can apply for funding to support a semester gaining experience in the policy or nonprofit sector. Students are encouraged to identify internships that align with their research expertise—at the international, national or local levels.
- Burroughs Wellcome Fund Researcher Fellowship
Duke MEMS PhD students working in the biological sciences, climate change, and human health can apply for $1,000 in discretionary funds for conference travel, laptops, books and professional development activities.
Applications are a resume and two letters of recommendation, and are are evaluated by the Duke MEMS PhD Steering Committee.
Made possible by the generous support of the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation (BWF),
To learn more or apply, contact Michell Tampe
Take on the challenge of highly-focused training in an emerging topic area
- NSF aiM (AI for Understanding and Designing Materials Program)
This National Science Foundation-supported research traineeship program is for PhD students from degree programs in computer science, data science, statistical science, and all materials disciplines (including materials science, physics, chemistry, and all engineering fields) with the goal is broadening the participation of women and other underrepresented groups. aiM provides specialized coursework, professional skills development, and experiential internships. Upon completion, each student is awarded an aiM PhD Certificate of Specialization, in addition to their doctorate.
- NIH Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering Pre-Doctoral Training
Through a National Institutes of Health biotechnology pre-doctoral training grant, the Duke Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE) supports stipend, tuition and fees for 10 pre-doctoral fellows, with the Duke Graduate School contributing two more fellowships for non-US citizens. Generally, students are awarded an NIH CBTE fellowship during their first or second year of graduate study and are supported for two years.
- NSF Traineeship for the Advancement of Surgical Technologies (TAST)
From autonomous robots that use AI and machine learning to make clinical decisions, to tools that augment surgeons’ own capabilities, rapid changes in surgical technologies have created new demands for the future workforce.
The National Science Foundation-funded Traineeship for the Advancement of Surgical Technologies (TAST) prepares engineering and computer science graduate students to design advanced surgical technologies that benefit society through technical coursework, real-world surgical design challenges, professional development and study of legal, ethical, societal and economic considerations.
Eligibility: TAST is a two-year program open to PhD and master’s students in the Pratt School of Engineering as well as Duke Computer Science.