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Apply for 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year and summer 2019:

  • Fall application period: October 1 to November 16, 2018
  • Letter-of-recommendation deadline for fall application period: November 23, 2018
  • 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 2019)

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 Digital Education Fellow 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 2018 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, Digital Education Fellow)

 

N

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Dec.21, 2018

 

Jan. 11, 2019

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

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Myra and William Waldo Boone Fellowship for Canadian Graduate Students

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Brown-Nagin Graduate Fellowship   Y   No Limit   Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018   Feb. 22, 2019   April 1, 2019

Dissertation Research Travel Award: Domestic

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Dissertation Research Travel Award: International

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

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

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Paul and Lauren Ghaffari Graduate Fellowship   Y   1   Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018   Feb. 22, 2019   April 1, 2019

Graduate School Administrative Internships

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Graduate School Administrative Intern for the University Center for Exemplary Mentoring

  Y   No limit   Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018   Feb. 22, 2019   April 1, 2019

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

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

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

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Julian Price Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities or History

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Internships for Advanced Graduate Students (Advertising History Intern, African American Studies Intern, Eleonore Jantz Curatorial Intern, Eleonore Jantz Reference Intern,)

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Anne Firor Scott Public Scholars Fellowship

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Sixth-Year Tuition Scholarship (For Spring 2019)   Y   No limit   Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018   Nov. 30, 2018   Dec. 15, 2019

Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship

 

Y

 

2

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

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

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Jan. 14, 2019

 

March 1, 2019

Summer Research Fellowship for Research on Women or Girls of Color

 

Y

 

No limit

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Jan. 14, 2019

 

March 1, 2019

Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowship

 

Y

 

3

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019

Jo Rae Wright Fellowship for Outstanding Women in Science

 

Y

 

1

 

Oct. 1 to Nov. 16, 2018

 

Feb. 22, 2019

 

April 1, 2019


 

Fellowships (Spring 2019 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, 2019

 

April 10, 2019

 

N/A

Sixth-Year Tuition Scholarship (For Fall 2019)

 

Y

 

No limit

 

May 15 to May 31, 2019

 

June 30, 2019

 

July 15, 2019