Academic Affairs

Scholarships & Fellowships

1. Faculty Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to seniors on the basis of an outstanding academic record, independent scholarship, and potential as a contributing scholar. The deadline is in early September of their senior year. Departments/programs are asked to nominate one to two candidates and submit supporting materials. The Faculty Scholar Committee, which selects semi-finalists, conducts interviews, and recommends winners to the Academic Council, sends the request to the DUS and the department chair. For more information, consult the relevant Academic Council webpage at

2. Other Scholarships

The College depends upon the DUS to identify especially qualified students and to encourage them to attend meetings on merit-based scholarships, particularly scholarships for graduate study. The DUSs receive information notices about scholarships and are asked to notify the faculty members in their departments. Questions about scholarships may be addressed to the appropriate office, as noted below.

Undergraduate Scholarships

The majority of undergraduate merit scholarships (e.g., Angier B. Duke Scholarship, Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship, Reginaldo Howard Scholarship) are awarded to incoming students who must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA to retain their awards. For information on national undergraduate scholarships whose application/nomination process is handled by the College, consult the website at

The Global Education Office coordinates the MacAnderson Summer Language Scholarship for Undergraduates. Announcements for scholarship programs are placed in the Chronicle, and information meetings are held for interested students.

Scholarships for Post-Baccalaureate Study

Campus competitions for most of the distinguished scholarships for foreign study (Luce, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, and Winston Churchill) are administered by the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows in conjunction with faculty advisors. The Fulbright is administered through the Center for International Studies, 101 Franklin Center. This responsibility begins with publicizing the scholarships, conducting scholarship information meetings, and advising students. Administration of the scholarships also involves recruiting faculty members to serve as scholarship advisors and members of campus selection committees, conducting preliminary interviews, and processing applications. Seniors and recent alumni/ae may apply for these scholarships. Full Information on national graduate and undergraduate scholarships is available at

Cardea Fellows Program

The Cardea Fellows Program is for high achieving students who are committed to preparing for a profession in health care by mastering core knowledge in math and science.
Every undergraduate admitted to Duke has demonstrated academic excellence, yet some students may not have had the opportunity to develop a foundation in science and math that will accelerate them toward their professional goals. The Cardea Fellows Program is designed to enhance the competitive success of high performing students by forming a learning community to help establish a critical foundation in the natural sciences for each fellow.

The program extends through each student’s four year undergraduate experience. A fellowship of scholars will be established in the first year. Engagement will include enrollment in Chemistry 20D, participation in a specially designed first-year seminar in biology, and programmatic activities. Upperclass Fellows increasingly engage in research and pre-professional experiences, interact with a network of Duke alumni, and serve as mentors to first- and second-year students. The key goal of this multifaceted program is to enable highly motivated students to prepare competitive applications to medical school and other health professions schools.

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to broaden the pool of those pursuing academic careers in higher education. The program supports individuals in selected disciplines who demonstrate a strong commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities and advancing cross-racial and ethnic understanding.

The program at Duke uses mentoring and funded research opportunities to provide students interested in a scholarly career with a greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities of academic life. Each year, five sophomore students are selected as Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows; they receive stipends for the academic terms and summers for two years. During the summers, Fellows, under the direction of a faculty mentor, pursue some form of directed study, intended to give them a sense of scholarly research activities. During the academic year, they may: (1) continue their independent research; or (2) work as a research assistant on a project which the faculty mentor is currently pursuing; or (3) work on curricular or teaching projects of interest to their faculty mentor.

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