Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being

Application deadline:   December 1, 2015

The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment.

The fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance.

Because the promotion of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment require knowledge and collaboration from diverse fields, the program is multidisciplinary in scope and approach. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—-but not limited to—-social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology. In order to maximize the opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, Chapin Hall is building a sustainable peer learning network among the fellows and mentors through a series of in-person meetings, webinars, conference calls, and social networking opportunities.


  • Applicants must be doctoral students who will have substantially completed their coursework by August 31, 2016.
  • Each applicant’s dissertation must be focused on some aspect of child well-being and the prevention of child maltreatment.
  • Applicants can be enrolled at any academic institution in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the U.S.
  • Applicants should identify an academic and policy mentor.
  • Applications must be submitted between August 1, 2015 and December 1, 2015.

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