Open To

Continuing Ph.D. students in the history Ph.D. program or a humanities Ph.D. program who have completed their preliminary exams before the award year. See Eligibility section more details.

Through the generosity of the Julian Price Endowment, The Graduate School is offering several competitive fellowships with accompanying research awards. This support provides an annual stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School-recommended Arts and Sciences nine-month stipend established each year), as well as tuition and mandatory fees. In addition, The Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Each recipient will also receive a $5,000 award to be used exclusively to cover expenditures for research. These expenditures can include travel for research purposes and attendance at conferences, as well as the purchase of supplies or equipment necessary to the research project.


  • Applicants must be in the history Ph.D. program or one of the humanities Ph.D. programs.
  • Applicants must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester before the period covered by the award.
  • Eligible students must be actively engaged in the process of research for their dissertation project. This award is not intended to support the writing of an already fully researched dissertation.
  • No other award (whether fellowship or training-related) may be held concurrently with this fellowship without special permission from the dean of The Graduate School.

To Apply

You Need

  • Approval from your department (see step 1 below)
  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A copy of your current Duke transcript or DukeHub report (PDF)
  • A brief statement (PDF) that describes the research, how the award will be used, and why it would be particularly important to be free of training obligations. This should be no more than 3 pages, using 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing, and Arial 12-point font. OPTIONAL: You may also include an additional 1-page bibliography.
  • Two letters of recommendation from your DGS and faculty advisor. If your DGS and faculty advisor are the same individual only one letter of recommendation is required.


  1. Get approval to apply from your department. Each department can only nominate up to two students each year for this award. Before you can submit your applications for this award to The Graduate School, you must first get approval from your director of graduate studies (DGS). Programs differ in how they choose their nominees. Check with your DGS.
  2. Once you have received approval from your DGS, go to The Graduate School’s fellowship application system to submit your application. | Application instructions (PDF)

Application Period

The application cycle opens in early October and closes in late November. Award recipients will be notified in spring semester. The Graduate School will announce exact dates closer to the start of the cycle, and they will be posted with the award listing on the school’s online application system.