Learning new things is a great way to get better at what you do - or get ready for a new career. Unfortunately, courses and conferences can be expensive.

That's where the Employee Development Initiative (EDI) can help.

"Our leadership team is proud to support the EDI program because we understand the value of growing from within; when employees build new skills or gain new competencies, the entire organization benefits from their professional growth."

Kevin W. Sowers
President, DUH


"Our success as an organization is dependent upon the strength and knowledge of our workforce."

William Fulkerson, MD
Executive Vice President, DUHS

Employee Development Initiative
Duke University Hospital

Want to...
       Attend a workshop to improve your job skills?
                Go to a conference in your field?


EDI is a program that makes education and professional development more accessible. Supported by Duke University Hospital, EDI helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars.

Why is Duke Hospital investing so much in its employees' education? Because your success is our success. We want to help you get the training and skills you need to advance in your career, help us achieve our mission, vision and values, and to provide top-quality care and services to our patients.

Get better at what you do.

EDI gives you the opportunity to pursue the type of training that meets your professional goals. An EDI grant can help you attend a seminar, workshop or short course.

You may take seminars or workshops anywhere, not just at Duke. Priority for EDI funds will be given to employees taking courses in an area of institutional need.


You may apply for EDI funds if you:

  • are a Duke Hospital employee (paid under company 30 cost center)
  • work at least 30 hours per week
  • have worked at Duke for at least two years
  • have good attendance record (no current corrective action)
  • are not under other corrective action.

Hospital employees in any job category can apply for EDI funds.


  1. Download and complete the application**. (You may also ask your manager or supervisor for an application.)
    • Note: The application is in Adobe PDF format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print this file. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click on the link above, follow the instructions for installation, and then return to this page and continue.
  2. Mail the completed application and registration form (if available), to: Employee Development Initiative, Box 3632, DUMC, Campus Mail or you may drop them by 014B Duke South Clinic Building Purple Zone.


There are two open EDI application periods each year. The periods for submitting applications are May 1 - 31 for programs that happen between August and December. The next open application period is November 1- 30 for programs that take place January - July each year.


The EDI Selection Committee will review your application. You will be notified in writing of the committee's decision.

Receiving a grant from EDI does not guarantee job advancement.


Everyone who receives funds may be asked to serve as an ambassador for EDI by talking to others in your workplace about the program.


1. Who can apply?

  • EDI provides tuition assistance for employees who:
    • are paid from the Company 30 Duke Hospital Code
    • work full-time (no less than 30 hours)
    • have no corrective actions
    • are employed at Duke for more than two years as of the application period

2. When are applications accepted?

  • Two enrollment periods per year: May 1-31 and November 1-30.

3. What is covered under EDI?

  • Covers registration expenses only (no travel, hotel, etc.) up to $500. Expenses in excess of $500.00 must be covered by the employee at the time of registration.
  • Covers one education program per application period.
  • Educational program must be job related.
  • All programs must be pre-approved.
  • Funding is not transferable.

4. What is the application process?

  • Employee completes application and submits to EDI along with registration form.
  • The EDI application contract is a legal document. Original signatures are required. Faxed or scanned copies of the application are not accepted.
  • All applications are reviewed and funding assigned as available.
  • The recipients are notified by letter with additional forms and instructions. All forms must be returned before payments are processed.
  • EDI submits the registration form to the conference and includes payment by procurement card or by check from accounts payable.

What happens after my education program?

  • Recipient is responsible for providing proof of attendance 10 days after returning from conference.
  • If this verification is not provided, EDI will request repayment in full of the funding provided. Employee will not be eligible for future EDI funding.


Please call Duke Hospital Human Resources at 668-2170.

**Note: The application is in Adobe PDF format. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print this file. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, click on the link above, follow the instructions for installation, and then return to this page and continue.