The Graduate School is dedicated to and benefits from a student population diverse in background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and work and life experiences that contributes to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university. As part of a larger institutional commitment to promoting a diverse student body, we encourage applications from all sectors of society, including prospective students whose life experiences may include the challenge of access due to a disability. 

As part of our long-standing commitment to increase the diversity and quality of our graduate student body, The Graduate School works to:

  • Increase enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Provide students with sufficient funding to complete their graduate studies in a timely manner
  • Promote an academic and social environment where these scholars can flourish


The Graduate School also demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion through continued staff training, workshops, and exercises. Past workshops have included: Diversity Training with the Center for Muslim Life, "Ally Training" with the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, "Coming to America" with International House, and "Implicit Bias Workshop" with the Office of Institutional Equity. 

Questions? Email Graduate Student Affairs!

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The Graduate School leads a collaboration across 10 programs to recruit and support Ph.D. students in physical sciences and engineering.

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Undergrad Summer Research

The Graduate School administers the Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program for undergraduates interested in graduate studies in biomedical sciences.

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Race and Bias Conversations

Launched in fall 2020, this event series aims to help the Graduate School community explore the complexities around systemic racism and highlight related work by by members of the community.

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Black History at TGS

Meet The Graduate School's first Black Ph.D. students, and those who followed.

Meet the Pioneers

DEI at Duke


Anti-Racism at Duke

Commitments and Actions

In constructing these webpages on diversity and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students, Duke has benefited enormously from other institutions with well-established diversity and inclusion webpages and resources. We wish to acknowledge the following resources that contributed to the building of these pages: