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Find the time to read, reflect, research, or just relax with Study Leave for Ministry Professionals.

Over the span of five to seven days, participants can immerse themselves in learning and renewal through self-directed study, worship, and prayer on the Duke University campus.

This flexible program is designed for Christian institutional leaders, pastors, program staff, and laity, and can cost as little as $150. You select the study topic. We provide all the resources you will need to make your week as productive as possible.

About the Program

Planning Your Week

Your goals and interests determine your schedule for the week. Ideal candidates for Study Leave are those who have a clear idea of the topic they wish to explore and who will plan their time to include many aspects of the campus experience.

You will have the opportunity to name your study topic when registering, though you may change it at any time. The Study Leave staff will work with you in advance of arrival to solidify your plan for the week and identify the faculty conversations or other resources that might be useful to you during your time on campus. Many Study Leave participants come back year after year, building on their previous experiences.

Special Study Leave Opportunities

  •  Study Leave for Groups 
    This experience provides groups of staff or ministerial colleagues the opportunity to study and learn together, with a program tailored to the needs of their shared ministry.  Those interested in Study Leave for Groups should contact events@div.duke.edu for more information.

What's Included

Your time at Study Leave includes the following amenities and resources:

  • Duke Divinity School Community Activities
    We invite you to participate in lectures, community worship, and other events taking place within the Divinity School or Duke University. Special arrangements can be made for you to audit courses or meet privately with Divinity School faculty.
  • Continuing Education Units
    Each hour spent studying, auditing a class, meeting with faculty, worshipping, or researching is worth 0.1 Continuing Education Units. Twenty hours of study are expected during the week, for a minimum award of 2.0 CEUs.
  • Accommodations
    Four nights of accommodations at the Washington Duke Inn are included in the program cost. Additional nights are available, should you wish to extend your stay. A complimentary shuttle service is available to transport participants to and from campus.
  • Meals
    Each participant receives a $75 stipend on a DukeCard to use for meals during the program.
  • Library Access
    Enjoy full borrowing privileges at any of Duke’s libraries.


Tuition costs cover a five-day term, with additional early arrival and late departure options available. Accommodations are included in your registration. Please contact us if you will not need a hotel room during your stay.

Full Tuition

Program Cost

Optional Early Arrival/Late Departure

Regular Session



Certain individuals are eligible for a scholarship to attend Study Leave at the following rates. Please note, participants may receive only one scholarship per academic year, regardless of eligibility. Because scholarships are limited, we encourage you to register early. 

Scholarship Tuition

Program Cost

Optional Early Arrival/Late Departure

Regular Session



Scholarship Tuition is available for:

  • Those serving rural churches eligible for grants from The Duke Endowment: Am I eligible?
  • Those serving churches in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (courtesy of the Parish Ministry Fund).


Registration for Fall 2019 and Winter/Spring 2020 is now open.

To register, click on the dates of the session you wish to attend. Sessions without links have closed. If you register for a session that is full, you will automatically be added to the wait list and Events Management will contact you if a space becomes available. You may change your session registration within the same academic year with sufficient notice and payment of a $50 change fee.

If you need to cancel from a session, we do accept cancellations and will work with you regarding your specific needs. Please understand, however, that $150 is not refundable.

Fall 2019 Program Dates

Registration Deadline

September 9-13, 2019

July 29, 2019

September 16-20, 2019

August 5, 2019

September 30 - October 4, 2019

August 19, 2019

October 28 - November 1, 2019

September 16, 2019

November 11-15, 2019

September 30, 2019

Winter/Spring 2020 Program Dates

Registration Deadline

January 27-31, 2020

December 16, 2019

February 10-14, 2020

December 30, 2019

March 2-6, 2020

January 21, 2020

March 16-20, 2020

February 3, 2020

April 13-17, 2020

March 2, 2020