Fellowships & Awards

The Graduate School maintains a database of fellowship opportunities for incoming and current PhD students. The list includes fellowships administered by The Graduate School and School of Medicine, as well as funding opportunities from elsewhere at Duke and from external funding sources. 

The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE) manages the following fellowship opportunities for incoming and current PhD students in the School of Medicine:

Chancellor's Scholars Program

The Chancellor’s Scholarship is awarded to incoming biomedical PhD students in the School of Medicine. Each year applicants are nominated by their programs and vetted by a faculty committee. International student awardees are supported for their first two years of graduate school with a stipend, tuition remission, fees, and health insurance. They also receive a one-time signing bonus of $5,000 at the start of their first year. A one-time signing bonus of $5,000 is also given to top domestic student awardees designated as Chancellor’s Scholars to supplement their institutional stipend from the Graduate School or from NIH training grants. Read more about The Chancellor's Scholars Program.

Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence

The Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE) works to recognize current biomedical PhD students in the School of Medicine who have been unusually successful in the research mission. To that end, and with Chancellor Washington’s enthusiastic support, a Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence (CARE) was created in Fall 2018. The Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence is targeted to senior students who have excelled in the basic research endeavor, evidenced by an exceptional publication record and/or a substantial impact on the research trajectory of the lab. The CARE is highly selective. Nominations are submitted by a student's faculty advisor and no more than four awards are conferred in any given year. This award comes with an engraved plaque and a cash award of $1,500. Read more about recipients of The Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence.

Biomedical Graduate Diversity Fellowship

The Biomedical Graduate Diversity Fellowship from the School of Medicine is awarded to incoming PhD students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences, including students with disabilities, based on their record of academic and research excellence and nomination of admitting program. The Biomedical Graduate Diversity Fellowship provides a stipend supplement of $5,000 for the first year of graduate study.