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Graduate Program and Fellowship Application Bootcamp

Prospective graduate students participate in the 2016 Graduate Program and Fellowship Application Bootcamp at the Pratt School of Engineering in 2016

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

The Pratt School of Engineering is committed to fostering an intellectually and demographically diverse environment that supports creativity, innovation, and a strong sense of community.

We welcome promising engineering students from diverse backgrounds and experience to participate in our one-day bootcamp to learn more about opportunities to pursue graduate degrees, the programs that the Pratt School of Engineering offers, and how to strategically position yourself now to maximize your future success!

Workshop expenses – including travel, lodging, and meals – are provided by the Pratt Office of Diversity and Inclusion in Engineering.

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“The day really helped answer a lot of the questions I had about graduate school. Listening to the faculty talk about what their daily routines look like and how they got to where they are was very helpful.”

–Blessing Tayisepi, 2016 participant

Read more about our 2016 BootCamp


  • Application deadline: Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Successful applicants notified no later than July 28, 2017
  • Event Dates: Arrive on Thursday, Sept. 14; Bootcamp held Friday, Sept. 15
  • Tentative Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University West Campus in Durham, North Carolina, USA

program features

Each participant will receive in-depth information on these topics and more:

  • Pratt graduate programs and research opportunities
  • How do I know if graduate school is for me?
  • What is the difference between a master's degree and a PhD? What are the career opportunities for each path?
  • Duke University Graduate School funding and fellowship opportunities
  • The admission process and how to develop a competitive application
  • Summer research opportunities at the Pratt School of Engineering
  • Meet Duke faculty and students who align with your research interests
  • Pratt Engineering faculty laboratory and Duke campus tours

Participant Criteria

Before applying, an applicant should:

  • Be a rising undergraduate sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2017-18 academic year
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have interest in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering
  • Be available for a full-day workshop on Friday, September 15, 2017

Additionally, This workshop is intended for students from racial, ethnic, and gender groups historically underrepresented in engineering. These groups include female/female-identifying students, and students from African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and Native American racial/ethnic groups.

Application Requirements

Applications must:

  • Be completed online by July 7, 2017
  • Include two (2) faculty recommendations which speak to your potential in a research/academic environment
  • Include an unofficial transcript from your current educational institution

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More information

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Johnna Frierson, director of diversity and inclusion at Pratt School of Engineering, at

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