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Diversity Efforts


The Graduate School coordinates, supplements, and expands the recruiting efforts of graduate departments and programs in order to increase enrollment of students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Some of our initiatives include

  • participating in recruitment fairs across the country, where we meet potential graduate students and answer any questions they might have about Duke’s graduate programs;
  • coordinating with nearby schools to bring talented undergraduates from around the country to our campuses for visits that typically include seminars on graduate admissions and financial aid, panel discussions with faculty and graduate students, departmental visitations, and informal gatherings;
  • overseeing the Summer Research Opportunity Program, which gives potential students a taste of the graduate student experience;
  • awarding the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship,  to students who contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University;
  • participating in national consortia designed to promote diversity in graduate education;
  • developing external and institutional funding to support summer research opportunities for undergraduates.


Our job isn’t done when a student enrolls at Duke; in fact, it is just beginning. The Graduate School provides general counseling for students, develops programs to enhance their participation in graduate student life, and helps them identify external sources of funding. We also provide recruitment, retention, and completion data and help to initiate various summer research opportunities that identify potential graduate students early in their college careers.


Through the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence, The Graduate School acknowledges the extraordinary achievements of departments and programs that consistently and intentionally create inclusive environments that engage diversity in the intellectual development of students and faculty.