Student Programs

The Duke Environmental Economics Doctoral Scholars Program

The Duke Environmental Economics Doctoral Scholars (DEEDS) Program aims to foster a dynamic intellectual exchange between Duke doctoral students, University faculty and staff in the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The program provides students compensation to work with a campus mentor on a research project operating at the nexus of economics, environment, natural resources and energy. During their nine month appointment, scholars will become actively involved in the environmental economics community within and outside of Duke. For more information on the program, contact

Nicholas Institute Graduate Liaisons

In early 2006, Nicholas School doctoral students initiated the Nicholas Institute Graduate Liaisons (NIGL) to facilitate communications between the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke student body. The program currently focuses on: 

  • Sending a representative to the biweekly Nicholas Institute meetings to stay informed of current Institute projects
  • Communicating about policy opportunities and events via a NIGL listserv
  • Serving as a forum for graduate students to learn more about policy
  • Planning policy short-courses and policy brief workshops

Join Us
To sign up for the NIGL listserv, sign in with your Duke Net ID and subscribe to the list hereFor more information, or to locate a NIGL student, please contact Amanda Koltz,

Nicholas School of the Environment Assistantship Program

First year students at the Nicholas School of the Environment have the chance to work with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions through the school's assistantship program. Restrictions apply. Please contact the enrollment office or visit the Nicholas School's website to learn more.

Pathways of Change Internships

Through its Pathways of Change program, the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics offers internships with $5,000 stipends for students interested in three areas: business and human rights, women’s rights, and environmental justice. Students will work with program-selected organizations effecting social change in these areas during summer 2017. They will follow up that experience with participation in an interdisciplinary half credit seminar, Theories and Strategies of Social Change, in fall 2017. The course will be co-taught by Nicholas Institute senior policy associate Kay Jowers.

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