Apply for Fellowships

We encourage our graduate students to apply for competitively awarded research fellowships as part of their education and career development. In addition to extra training, resources and career-building opportunities, a fellowship bestows a certain amount of prestige on the student—and on Duke—for being identified as a top scholar.

In addition to those summarized below, there may be additional opportunities posted on the Duke Graduate School Fellowships site and on Duke’s Office of Research Support website.

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For Doctoral Students

If you have specific questions about a doctoral fellowship, please contact the organization providing the opportunity. If you would like to see a fellowship added to this page, please contact Sara Faust.

Fellowships for Underrepresented Students

Disclaimer: The information below is intended only as an overview. Please check current requirements on each organization's website before applying.

NSF Fellowship: Graduate Research Diversity Supplements

The establishment of Graduate Research Diversity Supplements (GRDS) reflects the continuing effort by ENG to promote increased participation of new Ph.D. students in all fields of engineering research with particular emphasis on individuals from underrepresented minorities in the U.S.

More information: Contact GRS coordinators

UNCF • Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships

The UNCF•Merck Science Initiative (UMSI) provides undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral support to outstanding African-American students who are pursuing studies and research careers in biological and chemical sciences.

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Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity.

To be considered, students must be a citizen or national of the US and have evidence of superior academic achievement. Applicants should also be committed to a career in teaching or research in a college or university.

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Xerox Minority Scholarships

To be considered, students must be a US Citizen or permanent resident and enrolled in full-time course work pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree.

More Information: Xerox website

Merit-Based Private Fellowships

Disclaimer: The information below is intended only as an overview. Please check current requirements on each organization's website before applying.

IBM PhD Fellowship Program

An intensely competitive worldwide program that honors exceptional PhD students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.

More information: On IBM's website

Hertz Foundation Fellowship

The Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend.

Open to US citizens and permanent resident aliens who are willing to morally commit to make their skills available to the United States in time of national emergency. We screen fellowship applicants for qualities the Foundation believes are essential ingredients of future professional accomplishment. read more

More information: Hertz Foundation website

Government Fellowships

Disclaimer: The information is intended only as an overview. Please check the current requirements on each organization's website before applying.

NSF Fellowship: Graduate Research Supplements

These awards are designed to increase the participation of new PhD students in all fields of engineering research with particular emphasis on individuals from underrepresented groups. A request for funding of a GRS should be made by the Principal Investigator of an existing ENG award.

Candidates must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens and must be newly enrolled in, or planning to pursue a PhD in engineering disciplines. Renewal for a second- or third-year supplement requires a report on the progress of the student toward the PhD degree and availability of funds in the program.

More information:Contact GRS coordinators

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics careers critically important to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science mission. To do this, it provides graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. 

Students must be pursuing a graduate degree and demonstrate an interest in areas supported by the DOE.

More information: program website

DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) CSGF fellowship support allows students to focus on their academics and research without excessive teaching or other departmental support activities.

More information: DOE CSGF website

EPA STAR Fellowship for Graduate Environmental Study

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR fellowships are intended to help defray the ever-increasing costs associated with studies leading to advanced degrees in environmental sciences.

Open to US citizens and permanent resident aliens who are pursuing research in an environmentally-related field.

More Information:EPA website

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Project (GSRP)

The goal of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) GSRP is to cultivate additional research ties to the academic community, to help meet the continuing needs of the nation’s aeronautics and space workforce requirements by increasing the number of highly trained scientists and engineers in aeronautics and space-related disciplines, and to meet the Nation’s need to increase the number of highly trained teachers. The program will support approximately 140 graduate students annually. Students must be US citizens and have a faculty research advisor (who will be the PI of the Training Grant).

More information: NASA GRSP webpage

DOD Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will offer fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Students must be US citizens, study in a supported discipline and intend to pursue a doctoral degree.

More Information:NDSEG website

Graduate Research Award Program on Public Sector Aviation Issues

Project: ACRP11-04. The Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Academies, is pleased to announce the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues. This program, sponsored by the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration and administered by the ACRP, is designed to encourage applied research on airport and related aviation system issues and to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders. Successful papers will be presented at the TRB Annual Meeting, and exceptional papers could be published in a subsequent TRB Transportation Research Record.

Candidates must be full-time students enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited North American institution of higher learning during the academic year.

More Information: program website

for Master's Students

BME Master's Student Research Fellowships

The Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering provides a unique fellowship program to support the research of Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) students in biomedical engineering.

These fellowships provide $200 to $1,000 per semester for MS and MEng students who are engaged in, or planning to engage in, at least a semester-long independent study research project in the laboratory of a BME primary or secondary faculty member.

The application deadline is in the spring semester.

Learn more about this fellowship program »