Building a diverse community also requires creating an environment of support through multiple means of financial resources. By providing a broad set of fellowships, we support graduate students from diverse backgrounds through the various facets of graduate student life.  

Dean’s Graduate Fellowship

The 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. 

Childcare Subsidy

The Graduate School offers subsidies for Ph.D. students who have children that require childcare.

Summer Research Fellowship for First- and Second-Year Ph.D. Students

Most Ph.D. students at Duke are guaranteed summer research fellowships for the summers after their first and second academic years of study*.

Summer Research Fellowship for Third-Year Ph.D. Students and Beyond

The Summer Research Fellowship will pay a stipend of $5,500 for the period from June 1 to August 31, plus summer tuition and health fee. Preference will be given to students who have not previously received a Summer Research Fellowship.

Summer Research Fellowship for Research on Racism and Systemic Inequalities

This fellowship is offered to advance graduate student research that deepen our understanding of race and racism.

Summer Research Fellowship for Research on Women or Girls of Color

This fellowship is offered as part of Duke’s alliance with the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Collaborative on Women and Girls of Color.

Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science

The Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science was created in memory of Dean Jo Rae Wright, who served The Graduate School from 2006 until 2011. 

Funding for Diversity and Inclusion Events

The Graduate School has a one-time sum of funds that will be used to support events and programming that help create a more diverse and inclusive environment for graduate education at Duke. You can apply for up to $1,000 per request.