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RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows

RIPP (Research in Practice Program) focuses on research projects where business, nonprofits and scholarship can most effectively intersect for outcome-oriented solutions. RIPP takes an interdisciplinary approach, working across the university and throughout the area’s business and research communities to provide academically rigorous, collaborative projects that build on the students’ experiences in and out of the classroom.

Student projects have included the development of a technical repair manual for repairing medical equipment in the third world (now being piloted in Africa by the Centers for Disease Control), development of a business plan for funding orphan disease research (now being implemented through the Chordoma Foundation), development of a credit scoring mechanism for business lending in a local nonprofit community bank, development of a policy proposal for assisting young adults in the transition from Foster Care Durham to independent living and development of a website that focuses on the impact of the internet on communication, democracy and censorship (, to name a few.

The RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows program will sponsor up to 6 students per summer for a follow-up “Engage” experience that will build on some aspect of the of their previous DukeEngage project. Participants can return to the original site and community partner or propose to work with an agency in a different location addressing the same civic issue. As with RIPP, RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows will collaborate with faculty on projects that help find economically feasible, implementable solutions to real-world problems. Preceding, proceeding or while doing this they earn an independent study (IS) or regular course credit for their efforts.


  • You must be a DukeEngage alum to apply.
  • You must be a currently enrolled undergraduate who will return to campus for at least one semester following your fellowship. (Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.)
  • You must have permission from your DukeEngage Program Director to return to your DukeEngage site or community partner to participate as a RIPP-Engage Summer Fellow.
  • To be a RIPP-Engage Summer Fellow, you must enroll in an independent study (IS) or regular course credit supporting your work. This can precede or proceed your summer fellowship and must be approved by the RIPP-Engage Summer Fellowship administrators.
  • RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows must work with Duke Faculty Mentors to be identified by the fellow or RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows Director.
  • RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows must participate as DukeEngage Academy Leaders (DEALS) for the 2017 Fortin Foundation DukeEngage Academy. They will preform duties outlined as DEALs and attend training sessions to support their projects and their success.
  • RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows may apply for additional outside funds to support their summer fellowship.
  • There is no time minimum or limit to the summer fellowship.
  • Duke seniors are not eligible for RIPP-Engage summer fellowship funding.
  • RIPP-Engage Fellows can will be awarded stipends of $3000 per student.
  • RIPP-Engage funds will support travel, living and miscellaneous expenses over the summer.
  • RIPP-Engage Fellows will be responsible for arranging and paying for their travel, immunizations, insurance and other expenses.
  • Summer earning requirements cannot be waived for RIPP-Engage Fellows.
  • Duke seniors are not eligible for RIPP-Engage funding


RIPP-Engage Fellows will be awarded stipends of up to $3000 per student. The stipend is intended to support travel, living and miscellaneous expenses over the summer. RIPP-Engage Fellows will be responsible for arranging their travel, immunizations, insurance and other expenses with this fellowship.

RIPP-Engage Summer Fellows Timeline

  • Applications Open
  • Deadline
  • Interviews & Selection
  • Notification
  • Reflection Deadline

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Meredith Casper at or Dr. Lori Leachman at