The Summer Research Fellowship will pay a stipend of $5,500 for the period from June 1 to August 31, plus summer tuition and health fee. Prior receipt of this competitive Summer Research Fellowships will be taken into consideration during application review.
- Applicants must be in good academic standing.
- Applicants must be in their third academic year of study (third summer) or beyond during the fellowship term.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program that does not already guarantee 12 months of financial support. (Note that engineering Ph.D. programs are not eligible for this fellowship)
- Students may receive up to $3,000 during June and July from other funding sources. Dean’s Graduate Fellows, NSF GRFP fellows on tenure, and students who will be working as research or teaching assistants during the summer are not eligible.
- 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 brief description (in PDF format) of research, interests, and why it would be particularly important to be free of service 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.
- Get approval to apply from your department. 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.
- Once you have received approval from your DGS, go to The Graduate School’s fellowship application system to submit your application. | Application instructions (PDF)
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.
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