Fellowships and Awards

We encourage our students to apply for these presitigous scholarships

The Pratt School of Engineering encourages our graduate students to apply for competitively awarded research fellowships.

In addition to extra training, resources and career-building opportunities, a fellowship identifies as a student as top scholar, and bestows a measure of honor and recognition.

Duke Research Fellowships

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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Dean's Graduate Fellowships

Fellowships provided by the Dean of The Graduate School 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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External Research Fellowships

Duke Engineering helps PhD students to develop strong proposals to competitively awarded external research fellowships.

Most students begin to apply after their first full year of coursework.

To find a program, see the constantly updated list of list of national competitive scholarships for graduate students compiled by the Duke Office of University Scholars & Fellows (OUSF) and visit the Duke OUSF website. Plus, check the constantly updated list of new Duke and external funding opportunities on a website dedicated to Duke Graduate Students.

Also, click below for links to current information about a selection of major external scholarship programs related to the study of engineering.

US Government-Funded Fellowships

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Programs: Division of Graduate Education—Browse all NSF Graduate Fellowship Programs
  • U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program—Visit the DoD SMART website
  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship—Visit the NDSEG website
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program—Visit the SCGSR program website
  • DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship—Visit the DOE CSGF website

Fellowships for Underrepresented Students

Private Merit-Based Fellowships

For all graduate students

Duke’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) encourages all graduate students – doctoral and master's – to apply for competitive Awards and Financial Rewards as part of their graduate education and career development.

A successful application for an Award or Financial Reward provides resources for success while contributing to professional advancement.

CEE encourages all of its graduate students to use this listing as a starting point – as each student takes the initiative, interacts with faculty, and reaches out  in pursuit of important recognitions of excellence.

Duke Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jeffrey Taub Award

Annual award to the graduate student making exceptional contributions to the culture of CEE’s Graduate Program through daily assistance and support of other graduate students’ research and classroom activities.

Senol Utku Award

Annual award to the graduate student publishing the most outstanding journal manuscript.

Memberships in Society and Professional Organizations

Annual awards to graduate students of up to $50 per student per year to become a member of and society or professional organization. 

Travel to Undergraduate Institutions

Annual awards to graduate students for travel to an graduate student’s undergraduate institution to help recruit new graduate students into Duke’s department of CEE. 

Contact the CEE Graduate Program directors for details.

Duke University Graduate School

Duke Centers, Offices and Programs 

Private Foundations and Industries

Bass Instructional Fellowships at Duke University

The Bass Instructional Fellowship Program supports high-quality teaching experiences for PhD students where normal means of funding are unavailable. It also helps students become more knowledgeable in online college teaching.

Recipients of Bass Instructional Fellowships receive compensatory payment at the level of Arts and Sciences teaching assistants (currently $6,000) and a scholarship covering full or partial tuition and fees for their semester of participation. A Bass Instructional Fellowship should not lessen a student’s competitiveness for other fellowships. If the student wins another fellowship after having also won a Bass Fellowship, that other fellowship can be decreased by the amount provided by the Bass Fellowship so that there is no penalty or disadvantage to receiving a Bass at the same time unless this arrangement is prohibited by terms of the other fellowship.

Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The Chateaubriand Fellowship Program is designed for doctoral students enrolled in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory for a 4- to 9- month period. The Office of Science and Technology provide a stipend and cover the cost of travel and student health insurance. Priority is given to candidates working towards a "double degree" with their host institution. All Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health disciplines are eligible. The required level of understanding of the French language is at the discretion of the host laboratory.

Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation is a private Foundation supporting graduate study and research over a wide range of disciplines with a wide range of target audiences.

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

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

Application deadline: November

IBM PhD Fellowship Program

The IBM PhD Fellowship Awards Program is an intensely competitive worldwide program, which honors exceptional PhD students who have an interest in solving problems that are fundamental to innovation in many academic disciplines and areas of study.  Students must be nominated by a faculty member. The faculty member is encouraged to contact an IBM colleague prior to submitting the nomination. The student must be enrolled full time in a PhD program.

Award: up to $17,500/year

Application deadline: October

The fellowship award provides partial tuition support, an annual stipend for living expenses, and a research stipend for full-time graduate study and thesis/dissertation research at a U.S. academic institution for three years.

Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship

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

Eligibility: To be considered, students must be African-American (Black), enrolled in a doctoral program, engaged in and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation having successfully completed all qualifying exams, and a citizen of permanent resident of the United States. Awards up to $52,000. Each fellowship provides up to a maximum of $52,000, which includes a stipend of up to $42,000 for the fellow and a research grant of up to $10,000 to support the research needs of the Fellow. The fellowship stipend is intended to cover from 12-24 months of fellowship tenure.

Application deadline: December