The Rubenstein Fellows Academy is a university-wide initiative to bring top thought leaders to Duke to share insight and spark discussion on current and future global challenges.

Between two and four accomplished leaders from a range of disciplines and sectors are selected every year for the Rubenstein Fellows Academy. Fellows can be distinguished private, public, or non-profit sector leaders; recent politicians; or public intellectuals with deep expertise in issues of global importance. Fellows spend between six months and several years at Duke, during which time they craft their role based on their unique experiences, interests, and assets – including a mix of teaching, mentoring, advising, speaking, convening, and writing.

Fellows are hand-selected by university leaders. Fellows receive a stipend and support for travel and accommodations.

For more information about the current Rubenstein Fellows, and opportunities to engage with them, please visit the Fellows section, or contact Laura Howes, Director of the Rubenstein Fellows Academy at or 919-684-9021.

The Rubenstein Fellows Academy was established by a generous gift from David M. Rubenstein T’70.