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Graduate Student Recruiting Incentives

Holiday party at Professor Monty Reichert's houseDuke's Pratt School of Engineering offers aggressive packages of fellowships, scholarships, and incentives to PhD and MS students from underrepresented groups, including women and persons with disabilities.

We define these groups as including students who, by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work and life experiences, contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the university.

Application Fee Waiver

We do not want finances to be a barrier to any student applying to Duke. To encourage diversity, we will waive the graduate school application fee for students who—by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences—contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University. Please contact us to get instructions to receive the application fee waiver.

PhD Students

The Duke University Graduate School competitively awards Dean's Graduate Fellowships to students from underrepresented groups. The Graduate School’s commitment to promoting and benefiting from diversity leads it to encourage nominations of U.S. students who are Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino Americans and persons with disabilities.

The Dean's Fellowship specifically provides a 12-month stipend during the first two years of study and a $5,000 summer stipend or stipend supplement (depending on the student's course of study) in the first through fourth years of study; it also provides tuition remission and full fees for the fall, spring and summer terms during the first two years of study, and summer tuition and fees during the third and fourth summers for students receiving a summer stipend from this Fellowship. The Graduate School provides a scholarship for the balance of the tuition.

Students also receive a third year of full stipend from the Pratt School of Engineering that matches the first two years of support provided by the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship.  

In addition, students are encouraged to apply for competitively awarded research fellowships as part of their education and career development. While students can apply at any time, most students begin to apply after their first full year of coursework. In addition to providing financial support for research and travel, fellowships are an excellent training mechanism. They provide opportunities to learn and practice critical career skills such as writing proposals, reports and papers, and project management and budget oversight. In addition, receipt of an external fellowship bestows a certain amount of prestige on the student—as well as on Duke—for being identified as one of the nation’s top scholars.

Pratt helps students identify appropriate fellowships and works with them to develop strong proposals.

Master's Students

Financial aid is available to highly qualified candidates for Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng), through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within our master's degree programs.

Underrepresented minorities may receive up to 50 percent per year in tuition scholarship through our Diversity Scholarships. Additionally, up to $10,000 per year may be allocated for the student to gain experience in a research setting under the direction of a principal investigator (PI).