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Apply for 2018-2019 Duke Graduate School Fellowships

The Duke Graduate School offers a number of fellowships for continuing Ph.D. students, including fellowships that provide full support for the academic year, summer research fellowships for the summer, teaching fellowships, and dissertation research travel awards.

List of fellowships

Application instructions (PDF)

Instructions for faculty writing letters of recommendation (PDF)

If you have questions, contact grad-fellowships@duke.edu.

Go to Application Portal

 

Application Dates

The application period for most of the fellowships is in the fall, with a couple fellowships accepting applications in the spring. Here are the application dates for fellowships for the 2018-2019 academic year and summer 2018:

  • Fall application period: October 2 to November 17, 2017
    • Letter-of-recommendation deadline for fall application period: November 24, 2017
  • Spring application period: Closed

Need DGS Approval to Apply

Most of the fellowships require applicants to obtain approval from their director of graduate studies (DGS) before submitting an application. Some fellowships also place a limit on the number of applicants each program can nominate. The fellowship-specific requirements are indicated in the list below. Programs differ in how they choose their nominees. Interested students should check with their DGS.

Letters of recommendation

Summer research fellowship for first- and second-year Ph.D. students: No letter of recommendation needed. (The application period for this fellowship will open in spring 2018)

All other fellowships: As part of the fellowship application, students will be required to request two letters of recommendation, one from their director of graduate studies1 and the other from their primary faculty adviser. Students will make this request from within the fellowship application system, and the request will be emailed to the recommenders.

Each recommender will need to write only one letter for each student, regardless of how many fellowships the student applies for. The request email will contain further instructions, such as what information the letter needs to include.

1 - For the Bass Instructional Fellowships, the DGS's letter will only need to verify that:

1) the applicant is making satisfactory research/dissertation progress;

2) the applicant has completed any teaching or TAing required by his/her department; and

3) the applicant's service as a Bass Instructor of Record, TA, or Online Apprentice would not interfere with his/her department's teaching or TA needs. 

 

Available Fellowships

Click on each for description, criteria, and application instructions.

Fellowships (Fall 2017 Application Period)
 
Need DGS Approval to Apply
 
Maximum Applicants Per Program
 
Application Period
 
Awardee Notified by
 
Accept / Decline by

Bass Instructional Fellowships (Instructor of Record, Teaching Assistant, Online Apprentice)

 

N

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Dec.15, 2017

 

Jan. 12, 2018

Phillip Jackson Baugh Fellowship for Ph.D. Students in Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Myra and William Waldo Boone Fellowship for Canadian Graduate Students

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Dissertation Research Travel Award: Domestic

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Dissertation Research Travel Award: International

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Evan Frankel Fellowship for Ph.D. Students in the Humanities

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Graduate School Administrative Internships

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Ottis Green Fellowship for Ph.D. Students in the Humanities or Social Sciences

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

E. Bayard Halsted Scholarship in Science, History, and Journalism

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Julian Price Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities or History

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Internships for Advanced Graduate Students (Reference Intern, Marshal T. Meyer Human Rights Intern, Advertising History Intern, African American Studies Intern)

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Anne Firor Scott Public Scholars Fellowship

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

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

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Jan. 15, 2018

 

March 1, 2018

Summer Research Fellowship for Research on Women or Girls of Color

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Jan. 15, 2018

 

March 1, 2018

Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowship

 

Y

 

3

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018

Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science

 

Y

 

1

 

Oct. 2 to Nov. 17, 2017

 

Feb. 22, 2018

 

April 1, 2018


 

Fellowships (Spring 2018 Application Period)
 
Need DGS Approval to Apply
 
Maximum Applicants Per Program
 
Application Period
 
Awardee Notified by
 
Accept / Decline by

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

 

Y

 

No limit

 

March 1 to March 31, 2018

 

April 10, 2018

 

N/A