Our goal is to provide to prepare our students for productive careers.

Our Educational Programs

Master of Engineering in Photonics and Optical Science

A career-oriented master's, with business courses and internship

  • Curriculum: Core industry prep courses in business fundamentals and management with technical courses focused within a chosen engineering discipline. Also includes an industry internship, project or equivalent experience
  • Ideal candidates: Recommended for students interested in a practicing engineering position with a focus on product design and innovation
  • Duration: 18-24 months

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Graduate Certificate in Photonics

Available to Duke Master of Science and PhD students

  • Curriculum: Photonics courses focused on technical areas of interest, a research presentation, and attendance at least four FIP seminars
  • Ideal candidates: MS and PhD students in any technical field who wish to gain depth of skill and exposure to photonics and optical sciences
  • Duration: Flexible

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Graduate Fellowships

The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) offers graduate student fellowships through the continued support and generosity of the Fitzpatrick Foundation and Mr. John Chambers.

John Chambers Fellows

  • Award: $10,000 top-up on stipend, and $1,000 towards educational travel
  • Length of Award: 1 year

John Chambers Scholars

  • Award: $36,800annual stipend, tuition remission, graduate school fees & health insurance
  • Length of Award: Up to 2 years

Fitzpatrick Foundation Scholars

  • Award: $36,800 annual stipend, tuition remission, graduate school fees & health insurance
  • Length of Award: 2 years

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Student Services and Opportunities

  • FIP Friday Breakfasts which allow students and faculty the chance to collaborate and discuss their projects with one another informally
  • Free educational poster printing
  • Public Speaking training through our own Toastmasters International Club: PRATTically Speaking
  • DOSC - The Duke OSA/SPIE Student Chapters is a Duke Student organization interested in the research of optics and photonics