Need-Based Scholarships for Doctor of Medicine

All need based scholarships require the student to apply and qualify for need-based aid as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  Application requirements can be found on the Duke SoM Financial Aid website.  Students that qualify for need-based scholarship funds may receive a named scholarship through the school.  Named scholarships replace need-based scholarship funds.  Students must reapply each year for need-based scholarships.

 List of Endowed Scholarships

Merit-Based Scholarships for Doctor Medicine

Rauch Family Merit Scholarships: The Rauch Family Merit Scholarships, established in 2013 by the Rauch Family Foundation, are the first all-inclusive scholarships at the School of Medicine. The merit-based scholarships will fund the approved cost of attendance as determined by the Duke Board of Trustees, which includes tuition, fees, transportation, and allowances for living and miscellaneous expenses. The scholarships will be awarded to an incoming first year student who shows outstanding promise for a significant career in medicine. The scholarships continue through graduation as long as the student remains in good standing. Students are selected by the Executive Committee for Admissions during the regular merit scholarship selection process.

The Dean's Merit Scholarship:  Dean's Merit Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent incoming medical students.  Selection is made by the Vice Dean of Education based on recommendations from the Medical School Admissions Committee. Annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.

The Dean's Tuition Scholarship Dean's Tuition Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent incoming medical students whose life experiences and background will meaningfully contribute to the diversity of the class.  Factors considered my include personal attributes, experiential factors. demographics or other considerations.  Selection is made by the Vice Dean of Education based on recommendations from the Medical School Admissions Committee.  Annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.

Fullerton Medical Scholarships:  Duke University School of Medicine is one of the six medical schools in North Carolina and South Carolina that participates in the Fullerton Foundation's Medical Scholarship program, established in 1985.  The Program's objective is to "identify and reward the student who demonstrates and projects the potential for development into a highly capable professional who is concerned with the total welfare of the society of which he/she is an active participant, as well as being a competent physician.  The nominee must have potential for service in the health care field, which can be demonstrated by, but not limited to, leadership in high school, undergraduate school and the community, knowledge of society and the problems and opportunities of the world today, and the individual's awareness of his/her own capabilities and limitations.  "Each year the schools nominate an incoming student for one of the two $20,000 annual awards.  The nominee or family of the nominee must be a resident of North Carolina or South Carolina for the past five years.  Final Selection is made by the Foundation.  The award continues for the remaining three years of medical school bases on the student maintaining satisfactory progress.  On behalf of the four finalists, the Foundation awards a $1,000 honorary stipend.

Medical Scientist Training Program:  All students admitted to the MSTP program receive a full fellowship award: tuition, fees. health insurance, and a stipend to cover living expenses.  The program provides fellowship funds for three medical school years and the early portion of the PhD study.  Additional information may be obtained by contacting Medical Scientist Training Program at or telephoning the program office, (919) 684-2412.


Third Year Scholarships for Doctor of Medicine



Dual Degree 

 When funding is available a limited number of dual degree scholarships are awarded to students that plan to participate in a dual degree during their third year.  A separate application is required (click on link above).  Students that wish to apply for the scholarship should submit the application by the deadline.  Winners will be notified by the Financial Aid Office no later than July 10th.

Link to Third Year Website

Fourth Year Scholarships for Doctor of Medicine

Senior Scholarship:  All fourth year scholarship recipients are selected by the Senior Scholarship Committee.  There is not a separate application required.  Recommended recipients are selected in late Spring by the Committee and submitted to Dr. Buckley.  Students selected as recipients are notified in May.

Named Scholarships

William G. Anlyan, M.D. Scholarship, established 1988 by gifts from faculty, staff and friends.

Barham Endowed Merit Fund, established November, 1984, by gift from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barham, Oak Ridge, Louisiana.

Family Dollar Scholarship, established November, 1984, by gift from Mr. Leon Levine, Chairman of the Board

Family Dollar Stores, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina; for minority students.
Dr. William Redin Kirk Memorial Trust for North Carolinians, established March, 1984, by bequest of Mr. Frederick H. Pierce,  Owensboro, Kentucky.
Mary W. and Foster G. McGaw Scholarship, established February, 1986 by bequest from Foster G. McGaw.

External Scholarship Information


Armed Forces Scholarships (Army, Navy, and Air Force)

Scholarship programs pay full tuition, books, supplies, and a monthly stipend.  For application details contact the branch of service recruiters directly.