Career Everywhere Challenge

With support from the Throsby Family Professional Development Seminar and in collaboration with the Duke Career Center, DukeLIFE is launching the Career Everywhere Challenge to expand career readiness opportunities for undergraduates from first-generation and/or lower-income backgrounds. We are launching the grant challenge with the understanding that equipping LIFE students with the tools and resources to acquire jobs and excel professionally requires the collaboration of the entire campus community. 

We invite Duke offices, faculty, and student organizations to submit proposals for innovative programs and activities that will help Trinity and/or Pratt first-generation and/or lower-income undergraduates explore and prepare for careers that resonate with their skills, interests, values, and life goals. We are particularly interested in programs that create opportunities for students to gain proficiency in the following National Association and College and Employer (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies

  • Career and Self Development: Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization 
  • Equity & Inclusion: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism
  • Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace
  • Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities

Programs may be part of an existing series/course or pilot a new initiative. Collaboration between units to address students’ intersecting interests and identities is strongly encouraged.  

Maximum Grant Award: $4,000

*We anticipate awarding up to 7 proposals*
  • Proposals for programs embedded in undergraduate courses, certificate programs, co-curricular opportunities, athletic teams, campus offices, and SOFC-recognized student organizations that currently engage or plan to increase their engagement with Trinity/Pratt first-generation and lower-income undergraduates are eligible 
  • Applicant must have a Duke fund code that can receive departmental transfers
  • Multiple units planning to collaborate may submit a joint proposal
  • The proposed program must have the explicit goal of fostering career readiness
  • Funded programs may take a range of formats: workshops, seminars, Canvas modules, site visits, etc.
  • While other students are welcome to participate in the program, the primary audience should be students from first-generation and/or lower-income backgrounds
  • Programs must take place during the 2023-2024 academic year


Proposal Process:

To apply, submit a 2-3 page proposal to by September 24, 2023. Contact with questions prior to September 7. 

Proposal Components: 

  • Introduction: Who is coordinating this program? How does the proposed program fit into the long-term work of the course/unit? 
  • Program Description: Describe the program and how it will be implemented. What career development needs will it address and what career readiness competencies will it focus on? 
  • Measurable goals: What are the anticipated outcomes of your program with respect to enhancing the career readiness of first-generation and lower-income undergraduates?
  • Outreach Plan: Is the program for a targeted group of students you already work with? If not, what is your plan for reaching out to students in the DukeLIFE community?
  • Budget: What are the costs necessary to carry out the activity you described? Do you have other funding sources? 
  • Proposal Deadline: September 24, 2023
  • Award Notification: October 4, 2023
  • Funding Disbursed: October 11, 2023
  • Completion of Post-Award Survey: Within 2 weeks of the conclusion of your program 
Award Process:
  • Funding for selected proposals will be provided through departmental transfer. Units will pay their program expenses directly. 
  • Programs funded through the Career Everywhere Challenge must use the DukeLIFE logo and include “Supported by the Throsby Family Seminar” on all marketing materials
  • Awardees must complete the post-award survey within two weeks of the conclusion of their programs. One survey submission per award is required.