The Nicholas Institute @ Duke

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions is bridging the gap between science and policy. We bring Duke University's world-class research to decision makers who are addressing the world's critical environmental and energy challenges, and in turn, we bring a strong external network of decision makers who can identify key needs to academia. Together, we can put new ideas and information into action. The bridge goes both ways.

Through on-campus events, educational programs, and internships, the Nicholas Institute is preparing Duke students to make an impact on environmental and energy policy in their future careers. Through seed grants, we help build new interdisciplinary partnerships between our team of professionals and Duke scholars to develop new or emergent areas of research and work together to navigate the policy-making process.

Learn more about what the Nicholas Institute has to offer the Duke community below. You can also subscribe to the Nicholas Institute @ Duke newsletter to get regular updates delivered to your inbox.


Summer 2020 Fellowships

During the summer of 2020, the Nicholas Institute will fund up to 10 PhD students for fellowships to participate in data analysis and/or literature aggregation in support of its five core areas of interest.

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Courses and student programs in the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the Duke School of Law, and more.


Catalyst Program

Through the program's seed funding, researchers develop new or emergent ideas related to environmental policy challenges at the federal, state, and local level.


Environmental Impact Fellows Program

A professional development opportunity for Duke PhD students keen on making a high impact in their career at the intersection of environmental science and policy.


Events on Campus

Seminar series, staff presentations, webinars, and more.

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Policy Boot Camps

New for the 2019–20 academic year, the Nicholas Institute is offering Policy Boot Camps to share our team's experience directly engaging with decision makers.

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Careers and Internships

Opportunities to work with the Nicholas Institute.