Grants & Scholarships
Duke provides three different types of scholarships:
Need-based grants & scholarships such as the Duke University Scholarship are funds that Duke provides to students to help cover their cost of attendance. This funding is free to the student and never has to be repaid. How much grant funding a student is eligible to receive is based on their demonstrated need.
Some need-based grants from Duke come from endowment donations from alumni and loyal friends of the University, and are therefore named after the benefactor(s). The criteria for some of these named scholarships are very general, while other named scholarships support students from a certain state or town or with a specific major. Just like the Duke University Scholarship, however, these named scholarships are purely need-based grants and are only provided to those with demonstrated need.
Duke University Scholarships and endowed scholarships can go to students who have been determined to have institutional need. These scholarships can be used to pay any of the expenses associated with the student’s total cost of attendance including but not limited to: tuition and mandatory fees, room, board, other institutional fees, course fees, travel included in budget, health insurance, books and supplies, personal expenses. Exceptions to this general rule are the Braxton-Craven Scholarships and NC Math Scholarships; both are restricted to tuition only.
Duke also participates in state and federally-funded aid programs. To view a list of the institutional, state, and federal programs in which Duke participates, please see our Policy and Procedures guide.
Duke offers a limited number of athletic scholarships to undergraduates of extraordinary talent and accomplishment.
Many years ago, Duke made an institutional decision to build a strong athletics program, which enabled the university’s teams to excel in competition against the best teams in the country. In 2012 - 2013 Duke allocated full scholarships to more than 350 student-athletes. These full scholarships were divided among 18 Duke athletic teams, proportionally between men and women.
Please visit the Athletics and Recreation website for more information on Athletics at Duke.
Duke University also offers a limited number of merit scholarships. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for any available merit scholarship. Specific applications are not required, and are not available, with the exception of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. While students who apply to Duke may be considered for the Robertson, completing the Robertson Scholars online application is the only way to ensure that the student’s materials will be reviewed by the Robertson selection committee. Our merit scholarship programs do not require that the winner demonstrate need; merit scholarships are based on the student's academic and personal profile.
Currently enrolled students are not eligible for merit scholarship consideration, with the exception of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program which accepts a small number of first-year candidates. The Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) is responsible for the selection of merit scholars. For more information, please visit the Office of Scholars and Fellows. Scholarship descriptions are available below:
- A. B. Duke Memorial Scholarship
- Alumni Endowed Scholars
- Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship
- Carolina Honors Scholarships
- Karsh International Scholars
- North Carolina Math Scholarship
- North Carolina Writing Scholarship
- Reginaldo Howard Scholarship
- Robertson Scholars Leadership Program
- Trinity Scholarships
- University Scholars Program
North Carolina Math Scholarship - Admitted first-year students placing in the top ten in the North Carolina Math Contest are eligible for this full-tuition scholarship. One scholarship is awarded each year, with preference given by ranking within the top ten places.
North Carolina Writing Scholarship - The top senior placing in the top ten in the North Carolina Writing Contest is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship per year for eight semesters of undergraduate study.