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Graduate Student Recruiting Incentives

The Duke University Pratt School of Engineering offers aggressive packages of fellowships, scholarships, and incentives to PhD and master's degree students from underrepresented groups, including women and persons with disabilities.

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.

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Dean's Graduate Fellowships

The Dean’s Graduate Fellowships are provided to 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.

The fellowship provides stipends, tuition remission and fee coverage.

To the 12-month stipend of the first two years of study, the Pratt School of Engineering provides a third year of full stipend.

Who is eligible?

The Graduate School’s commitment to promoting and benefiting from diversity leads it to encourage nominations of students who are black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan native, and Hispanic/Latino Americans. All nominees must be US citizens.

Incoming students are nominated by their department; no direct application is necessary.

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Sloan Scholarships

In addition to the standard Duke PhD support package, each Sloan Scholar receives $40,000 in supplemental funding over five years in support of academic progress and enrichment.

Sloan Scholars also take part in a series of workshops, symposia, lunches, and periodic check-ins throughout their time at Duke. These events are designed to help Sloan Scholars fully integrate into the Duke community, empowering them to successfully complete their education and launch into their careers. Scholars will also have the benefit of guidance from designated faculty champions from their own departments, who will help them navigate graduate school.

Who is eligible?

Sloan Scholarships are awarded to students who are U.S. citizens AND have been offered admission to a participating Duke PhD program — which includes doctoral programs in the Pratt School of Engineering.

Each year, the PhD programs nominate newly admitted students as candidates for the scholarship. Students who are chosen for a Sloan Scholarship will be notified of this at the time they receive their offer of admission to Duke.

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Diversity Scholarships

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).

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Competitive Research Fellowships

We help students identify appropriate competitively awarded external research fellowships, and work with them to develop strong proposals.

While students can apply at any time, most students begin to apply after their first full year of coursework. Receiving an external fellowship bestows prestige on you—as well as on Duke—for being identified as one of the nation’s top scholars.

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