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Competitive Fellowships for Incoming Students

These competitive fellowships are offered through the Graduate School. Incoming students are nominated by their department; no direct application is necessary.

Chancellor's Scholarship - The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to incoming graduate students studying biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine, and provides a onetime, $5,000 stipend supplement.  Students receiving this meritorious award will be designed as Chancellor’s Scholars, and will be invited to meet with Chancellor Victor Dzau and other award recipients at the annual Chancellor’s Scholars dinner.

Dean's Graduate Fellowship - Dean's Graduate Fellowships are provided to students who—by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences—contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University. The Graduate School’s commitment to promoting and benefiting from diversity leads it to encourage nominations of students who are Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino Americans. All nominees must be U.S. citizens. The Dean's Graduate Fellowship will provide a 12-month stipend during the first two years of study and a $5,000 summer stipend or stipend supplement (depending on the student's course of study) in the third and fourth years of study.  The Dean's Graduate Fellowship will also cover partial tuition (i.e. tuition remission) and full fees for the fall, spring and summer terms during the first two years of study, and summer tuition and fees during the third and fourth summers for students receiving a summer stipend from this Fellowship.  The Graduate School will provide a scholarship for the balance of the tuition.

James B. Duke Fellowship - The James B. Duke 100th Anniversary Fund provides fellowships for students who wish to pursue a program leading to the Ph.D. in the Graduate School at Duke University. Its objective is to aid in attracting and developing outstanding scholars at Duke. Selection of recipients is made by a faculty committee upon nomination by the appropriate department. These fellowships provide a $5,000 stipend supplement for four years to any other award the student receives from the department, the Graduate School, or national fellowships.

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Fellowship - Up to three competitive fellowships will be offered applicants to any Ph.D. program at Duke who are interested in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The Center will provide the first year stipend, nominating departments will be expected to provide remaining year stipends which are commensurate with other department awards. The Graduate School will provide full tuition and fee scholarship, and payment of the Duke Student Medical Insurance premium in accordance with current Ph.D. funding policies. DGS nominations may be submitted via email to Natalie Hartman, Associate Director, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, njh@duke.edu. Please indicate whether the nominee has already been admitted to your department for next year. For departments nominating more than one student, the DGS is requested to submit a cover memo indicating the department's rank order of preference for their candidates.

Nathan J. Perilman Fellowship in Judaic Studies - Offered to incoming graduate students, this most prestigious fellowship in Jewish Studies honors the memory of Rabbi Nathan Perilman, formerly of New York City's Temple Emmanu-El, who after retirement, joined the Jewish community in the Triangle-area. In addition to full fellowships, the fund also provides stipend supplements for outstanding scholars who work secondarily in the field of Jewish Studies up to $5,000 above what he or she receives from their home department, the Graduate School, or national fellowships. See the link above for application particulars.

Pratt-Gardner Graduate Fellowship - The W.H. Gardner, Jr. Society of Engineering endowment fund provides fellowships for students in the Pratt School of Engineering who wish to pursue a program leading to the Ph.D. in the Graduate School at Duke University. Its objective is to aid in attracting and developing outstanding scholars at Duke. Selection of recipients is made by a faculty committee upon nomination by the appropriate engineering department. These fellowships provide partial tuition (i.e. tuition remission) and full fees for the fall, spring and summer terms, and a 12-month stipend, during the first year of study.  The Graduate School will provide a scholarship for the balance of the tuition.  For more information, please visit the above link.

University Scholars Fellowship - The University Scholars Program was created in 1998 with a gift from Duke University Trustee Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation. The program is designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and diverse community of scholars. Each year the University Scholars Program provides full tuition and fees, and a nine-month stipend for up to six incoming graduate students who participate in bimonthly University Scholars Program seminars, and act as informal intellectual leaders and mentors (not advisors) to the program's undergraduates. For more information, see the University Scholars Program website, noted above.

Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship Program - Funded by the U.S. Government, the VEF Fellowship Program brings Vietnamese nationals to the U.S. for Master's and Doctoral fellowships in the natural, physical, and environmental sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical, public, and health sciences. Full financial support is available through a cost-sharing agreement between VEF and Duke, which is one of the Alliance Universities. Students who have already won VEF Fellowships, and wish to apply to Duke Graduate School, will have the $80 Graduate School application fee waived. For information regarding the fee waiver, please contact Dean Alan Kendrick at alan.kendrick@duke.edu. Additional information and application forms are available online at the above website.