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Katherine Goodman Stern Fellowship

The Graduate School is offering several competitive fellowships for advanced graduate students in the write-up stage of their dissertation. These fellowships are funded in part from a generous endowment established by Katherine Stern. The fellowship 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.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Students are not eligible for this award if they have already received one of the following: Evan Frankel Fellowship, Anne Firor Scott Fellowship, Rubenstein Library Internship.
  • Applicants are expected to be in their final year at Duke University.
  • Applicants must have completed the preliminary exam by the end of the spring semester before the period covered by the award.
  • No other award (whether fellowship or service-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 ACES report (PDF)
  • 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.
  • A brief description (PDF) of your dissertation project and a timetable for completion. 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.

Steps

  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.

Funding Source

  • Duke Graduate School opportunities

Student Status

  • Continuing Student
  • Dissertation Phase

Academic Division

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Type of Degrees

  • Ph.D.

When

  • Academic Year