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The Graduate School Annual Fund is the most direct, immediate way for your gift to support Duke graduate students because the school can use these funds for its greatest and ever evolving priorities. As the landscape of graduate education continues to change, the flexibility the annual fund provides is crucial for meeting graduate students’ needs and quickly developing new resources to enhance the graduate student experience at Duke.

Currently, the Graduate School Annual Fund:

  • supports fellowships that are critical for attracting the best Ph.D. students and allowing them to focus on their academic pursuits;
  • sustains robust professional development programming and mentoring resources that help students explore and prepare for a broad range of career paths; and
  • provides funding that enriches students’ experience at Duke and meets critical needs, such as research and travel grants for master’s students, childcare subsidies, and medical and hardship financial assistance.

Additionally, the caliber of our Ph.D. students directly influences the quality of Duke’s research, which in turn affects the university’s rankings. So the Graduate School Annual Fund doesn’t just support graduate students – it supports Duke as a whole.

Give to the Graduate School Annual Fund today!

Reasons to Support the Annual Fund

"The skills that one gets from a Duke Ph.D. are the skills that we need more of in every sector across the globe. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I and my classmates are to the Annual Fund—and to Annual Fund donors—for our collective education."

— Rachel Gevlin, Ph.D.'20 English

"By supporting fellowships that enable graduate student research on everything from the effect of automation on local labor markets to maternal metabolic limits during pregnancy, the Annual Fund ensures that our graduate students can go on to succeed in their professional pursuits, whatever they may be."

— John Klingensmith, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

"The support, training, and education I received as a Duke graduate student—and now as an alumnus—have been vital to me, professionally and personally. That’s why I support the Annual Fund."

— Alejandro Velasco, Ph.D.'09 History