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Ph.D. students in the humanities or social sciences who have completed the preliminary exam before the award year. See Eligibility section for details.

Through the generosity of the Ottis Green Foundation, The Graduate School offers two to three competitive fellowships for students in the humanities or social sciences. This one-year 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.

Ottis Green established his foundation in 1951 to further serve the public interest and welfare by contributing to the development of talented, industrious teachers and educators, particularly in the fields of history, economics, social sciences, and religion. Although this fellowship is open to all Ph.D. students studying in humanities or social sciences, preference will be given to students working in one of the stated disciplines, and who have demonstrated their commitment to preparing themselves for careers of teaching and education by participating in the Preparing Future Faculty or Certificate in College Teaching programs.


  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must be in an eligible Ph.D. program in the Humanities or Social Sciences.
  • 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 training-related) may be held concurrently with this fellowship without special permission from the dean.

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)
  • 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 personal statement (PDF; no more than 3 pages, using 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing, and Arial 12-point font) that must include:
    • a statement of research interests;
    • a statement summarizing the student's teaching interests and goals;
    • a statement addressing how the student's research and teaching will further the public welfare; and
    • an explanation of why it would be particularly important for the student to be free of training obligations.
    • OPTIONAL: You may also include an additional 1-page bibliography.


  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.