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Diversity Efforts


The Graduate School coordinates, supplements, and expands the recruiting efforts of graduate departments and programs in order to increase enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Some of our initiatives include: 

  • participating in recruitment fairs across the country to answer questions potential graduate students might have about Duke;
  • coordinating with schools to bring talented undergraduates from around the country to our campus, and learn about opportunities for graduate study at Duke
  • leading the Duke Center of Exemplary Mentoring, which works to increase the number of Ph.D.s from underrepresented minorities in the physical sciences and engineering
  • overseeing the Summer Research Opportunity Program, which gives undergraduate students a taste of the graduate student experience;
  • awarding the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship to students who contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University;
  • participating in national consortia designed to promote diversity in graduate education;
  • developing external and institutional funding to support summer research opportunities for undergraduates.


Our job is not done when a student enrolls at Duke; in fact, it is just beginning. The Graduate School provides general counseling for students, develops programs to enhance their participation in graduate student life, and helps them identify external sources of funding. We also provide recruitment, retention, and completion data in an effort to document our ongoing support for graduate students from underrepresented minorities.


Through the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence, The Graduate School acknowledges the extraordinary achievements of departments and programs that consistently and intentionally create inclusive environments that engage diversity in the intellectual development of students and faculty.