Minister John Perkins speaks to PathWays Fellows

PathWays Fellowship

The PathWays Fellowship is a year-long (August 15 to May 15) residential program for students from any of Duke's graduate and professional schools that offers opportunities for vocational exploration, leadership, mentorship, service, and formation deeply rooted in the Durham community and the fellows’ Christian traditions.

Duke Chapel PathWaysThe priority deadline for applications for 2023–2024 is June 1, 2023.

PathWays Fellows live, study, and learn together in the PathWays House in Durham's West End neighborhood. Walking distance from both Duke campus and downtown Durham, the PathWays Fellows participate in programming that provides tools for making connections between academics, faith, and life while discerning their vocational and spiritual direction in community. Benefits of the program include:

  • A new community of students, mentors, and faith leaders
  • Participation in formation retreats in the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Regular community meals, prayers, and programs that enrich the weekly schedule
  • Free offsite parking at the PathWays House  
  • Professional letters of recommendation from the Dean of Duke Chapel and other community leaders after completing the Fellowship

Components of the PathWays Fellowship

PathWays Fellows praying togetherPursuing a life of consequence
PathWays fellows explore their callings through prayer, study, reflection, and service, both individually and within community. This includes discernment about career and other vocations with the support of Chapel staff, members of the Durham community, and peers living in the PathWays house.

Pursuing a life of depth
Grow in your life with Christ through daily prayer, one-on-one mentoring, practicing spiritual disciplines, and participating in fall and spring spiritual retreats. Participate in regular individual and group reflection, prayer, and trainings. Regularly attend a local church.

PathWays Fellows sharing a mealPursuing a life rooted in place
Develop places of deep connection with the Durham Community, with a special commitment to the West End neighborhood. Have monthly meals with leaders and members of the Durham community. Participate in the Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope to learn how your story connects with the history of the city and the biblical story. Volunteer regularly with nonprofit community partners.

For more than fifteen years, the PathWays Fellowship has fostered connections between the campus and community. Photos from top to bottom: Minister John Perkins speaking to a gathering of PathWays alumni; PathWays Fellows praying together; and Fellows sharing a meal with community members.

Former Fellows