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Giving to The Graduate School

When the Duke University Graduate School was established in 1926, President William Preston Few understood that a graduate school was the essential element of a research university. Since that time, Duke’s Graduate School has garnered a reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and service.  Our graduate students are the intellectual glue of our community, pushing academic boundaries, offering fresh perspectives in research approaches, and giving voice to emerging fields.

This is why we spend a lot of time examining how we can most effectively enhance the quality of our graduate students’ lives during and beyond their years at this university. It is this interest in and responsiveness to student concerns that has made Duke’s Graduate School a national model for how to conduct graduate education in the United States. Over the years, we have learned that investing heavily in services that really respond to students’ critical concerns results in greater success in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

Our goal is to continue to bring to light and to appreciate the value of our graduate students and our graduate programs, both in the economy of Duke and in the world at large. As much as anyone else, our graduate students have brought this university the prominence it enjoys today. Thank you for your interest in supporting the Duke University Graduate School.


Giving Priorities

  • Fellowships and financial aid to attract the best graduate students
  • Summer support for research stipends in the humanities and social sciences
  • Professional development funds to support students as they shape their careers
  • Graduate School Annual Fund to provide the most immediate support to fuel the work of our students

To learn more about giving opportunities at The Graduate School, contact Sandy York (, Graduate School development director.


Melody JueDiving into Media Theory

With support from a James B. Duke Fellowship, a Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship, and two Summer Research Fellowships, Melody Jue was able to pursue a dissertation topic that combined her love of literature with her passion for the ocean. Read more


shrimpAlum's Gift Bears Clear Benefits

A Ray J. Tysor Graduate Research Fellowship helped transform biology Ph.D. student Laura Bagge's study of transparent shrimps. Read more


Fellowship recipientsFellowship Snapshots

The Graduate School awarded 105 competitive fellowships to incoming and continuing Ph.D. students for the 2014–2015 academic year. Take a look at the research being pursued by some of the recipients. Read more


summer fellowsSummer Research Snapshots

For summer 2014, The Graduate School awarded 425 summer research fellowships to Duke Ph.D. students. Some of those students shared with us the work supported by those fellowships. Read more


Guaranteed summer fundingRelief for Summertime Blues

In 2014, The Graduate School began guaranteeing summer research fellowships to first- and second-year PhD students. This new funding will help students spend their summers working toward their degrees rather than working to pay the bills. Read more


Thank you to The Duke Endowment!

In April 2014, The Duke Graduate School received a $7.5 million gift from The Duke Endowment to support our doctoral students. The gift includes $5 million for endowed fellowships for graduate students and $2.5 million to support a challenge fund to encourage endowment contributions from other donors. Read more


For more updates and to see how your support makes a difference, visit The Graduate School page on the Duke Forward site.