Financial Support

Deciding to pursue a professional graduate degree at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career. The Duke brand is recognized worldwide. Each year, a select cohort of Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry graduates join our global network of alums to fill leadership roles in industry, government and the nonprofit sector.

We are committed to making this world-class education affordable to all qualified students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

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  • More than 80% of students in our on-campus MEM & MF, and DEL-MEM professional programs receive merit-based or need-based scholarships funded by the school. On-campus MEM & MF students may also qualify for assistantships and work study as part of their financial aid packages.
  • We offer more than 100 types of financial aid awards.
  • We award up to 15 Nicholas Scholarships, our most prestigious merit award, every year.  This competitive scholarship is awarded to incoming students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and academic excellence. The Nicholas Scholars cohort is limited to on-campus MEM & MF students. 
  • Qualified AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, City Year or Teach for America service members are eligible for a tuition fellowship of $7,000 per academic year for up to two years. This funding is available to on-campus MEM & MF and DEL-MEM students. 
  • Through the Yellow Ribbon Military Veterans Programwe support up to 7 Yellow Ribbon awards at up to $10,000 per year. This funding is available to on-campus MEM & MF and DEL-MEM students.
  • We offer a need-based grant program for applicants who demonstrate the greatest financial need, including non-US citizens or permanent residents. This funding is available to on-campus MEM & MF and DEL-MEM students.
  • Partial tuition scholarships are available for environmental educators pursuing an on-campus MEM or MF degree or the online masters (DEL-MEM) program through the Coca-Cola Advancement in Teaching in the Environment Scholarship (CATES). This funding is available to on-campus MEM & MF and DEL-MEM students.

Our Financial Aid Office will be happy to help you review your options and identify which merit- or need-based aid options are right for you. 

Check out the links below to learn more about our financial aid process and the many school-funded and externally funded awards and scholarships available.



Contact Financial Aid

Nicholas School Financial Aid Office
(919) 613-8070

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