The Graduate School presents the Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring to recognize the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty and graduate students who consistently serve as effective mentors. Designed to allow the university community to identify faculty and graduate students who embody both the letter and spirit of mentoring, these awards are important examples of the university’s continuing efforts to cultivate a culture of mentoring.


The nomination period for the 2021-2022 award cycle has closed. Please check back in fall 2022 for information on the next nomination cycle.

    For the Faculty Award: 

    • Current Duke Graduate School students 
    • Duke Graduate School alumni
    • Current or former Duke postdoc
    • Administrator/Staff
    • Note: Each candidate must be nominated by at least one current student.

    For the Student Award:

    • All current Duke students 
    • Current Duke faculty
    • Current or former Duke postdoc 
    • All Duke alumni
    • Note: Each candidate must be nominated by at least one current student or faculty member. 

    To submit a nomination, complete the appropriate online nomination form below before 5:00 p.m. on November 11, 2022. As part of the nomination form, you will be asked to upload a statement of support for the nominee, as well as any other supporting documents.

    Only nominations submitted during the current nomination cycle will be considered for the award. Therefore, individuals nominated for previous years’ awards must be nominated again to be considered. Past recipients are not currently eligible.

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    Faculty award recipients will each receive a $3,000 prize, while student recipients will receive $2,000 each. The selection committee for the faculty award comprises advanced graduate students and graduate school deans, while the committee for the student award consists of faculty, students, and graduate deans. Winners will be contacted early in the spring semester and will be honored at a reception in the spring.

    The Duke University Graduate School would like to acknowledge the mentoring award models of Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis. Those models provided a framework for the preparation of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring.