Call for Applications - Departmental Seminar Series at Duke University

October 18, 2021

Request for Applications

The Department of Cell Biology at Duke University invites talented graduate students from around the world to present their exciting work in our departmental seminar series. Applications are open for senior graduate students close to completion of their thesis work. The speakers will be invited to present their work at Duke University over two days (currently planned to be in person but pending pandemic situation and speaker preference). International speakers will be invited for an enriching and enjoyable virtual visit this year. Duke Cell Biology is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students with backgrounds underrepresented in science and women are especially encouraged to apply.

The selected speaker will:

  • Present their work in an hour-long seminar
  • Meet one-on-one with faculty
  • Engage in informal discussions with Cell Biology trainees during the visit.

The selected speaker will have an exciting opportunity to share their research with our faculty and trainees at Duke Cell Biology, to receive feedback, to explore potential postdoctoral opportunities and to form professional and intellectual relationships with peers, mentors and future collaborators. 


Applications are welcome from senior graduate students who have scientific result and a story they are excited to share. We invite applicants in all areas of cell biology, broadly defined, from around the world. Women and underrepresented minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please complete the application form, name it YourLastName_Application, convert into a single PDF file, and email this to

  • Applications for the 2021–2022 seminars will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. CST October 15, 2021.
  • Your application should include a CV, a brief synopsis of your PhD findings (about 300 words), a description of why you are interested in giving a seminar at Duke (about 300 words), a list of faculty you would like to meet (you can check their websites here), a copy of your most significant paper or preprint.
  • The seminar selection committee will start notifying nominees via email by October 31, 2021.
  • The seminars are planned from November 2021 to June 2022.

Questions? Please email: