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 unique backgrounds 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 Funding

Duke Ph.D. students are guaranteed sources of summer funding that provide full stipends and coverage of tuition and mandatory fees for the summers after each of their first five years. Funding mechanisms vary by program. See our guide on how this is handled in each Ph.D. program. Graduate School resources that provide summer funding include:

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.