In addition to fellowships and other components of the standard financial support package, The Graduate School and Duke provide a number of resources to help graduate students who may need additional financial assistance.

Childcare Subsidy

The Graduate School offers full-time Ph.D. students subsidies of up to $5,000 per year to help cover the cost of enrolling their child/children at a child-care center or a family child-care home.

Subsidy Information

Medical Expense / Hardship Assistance

Grants of up to $5,000 to help Ph.D. students with medical expenses or other situations that create a significant financial hardship. 

Assistance Program

Community Pantry

The Graduate School provides annual financial support for the community pantry operated by the Graduate and Professional Student Government, which provides access to non-perishable foods, baby supplies, and other items.

Pantry Website

Professional Judgment Review

The Graduate School's Office of Financial Aid can conduct reviews of graduate students' federal aid eligibility to determine if they qualify for additional aid due to certain circumstances.

Request A Review

Short-Term Loans

The Graduate School offers two short-term loan programs at competitive rates as a possible resource for students in need of emergency funds, with a repayment term of up to 12 months.

More on the Programs

Personal Finance @ Duke

This program provides information, seminars, and counseling sessions that help students and alumni navigate personal financial situations.

PF@Duke Website