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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'll need to make your week as productive as possible.

About the Program

Planning Your Week

Your schedule for the week is determined by your goals and interests. 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 program director 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 the director for more information.

What's Included

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

  • Duke Divinity School Community Activities
    You are invited 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 Homewood Suites in Durham 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.
  • Parking
    For an additional fee, receive access to parking (optional).


Tuition costs are for each 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

Optional Parking

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

Optional Parking

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 2018 and Winter/Spring 2019 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 will be contacted 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 2018 Program Dates

Registration Deadline

September 10-14, 2018 (Session FULL)

July 30, 2018

September 17-21, 2018 (Session FULL)

August 6, 2018

October 1-5, 2018 (Session FULL)

August 20, 2018

October 29-November 2, 2018 (Session FULL)

September 17, 2018

November 12-16, 2018 (Session FULL)

October 1, 2018

Winter/Spring 2019 Program Dates

Registration Deadline

January 28-February 1, 2019 (Session FULL)

December 17, 2018

February 11-15, 2019 (Session FULL)

December 28, 2018

February 25-March 1, 2019 (Session FULL)

January 14, 2019

March 18-22, 2019 (Session FULL)

February 4, 2019

April 8-12, 2019

February 25, 2019