Use Your Duke Financial Aid

For Duke undergraduate students, Duke Financial Aid applies at the Marine Lab. Talk to your Financial Aid Advisor for specific information. Also, see the section of Duke's Financial Aid website that pertains to the Marine Lab for answers to many frequently asked questions. 

Residential Advisor Positions

  • Offered Fall, Spring and Summer

The Duke Marine Lab offers two Residential Advisor (RA) positions per academic term (fall, spring, summer term  1, and summer term 2). 

Deadlines, Expectations & Application Instructions


The co-RAs will each receive a 100% reduction on a single room and board plan as payment for their services. The two co-RAs will share duties equally and trade off on-call time.


  • Fall application deadline: 23 July
  • Spring application deadline: 2 November
  • Summer Term 1 & 2 application deadline: Summer students will be notified of RA position availability and deadlines by email from Jason English (


The RAs must be enrolled at the Duke Marine Lab and are expected to live on campus and be available at times when faculty and staff are not present, i.e., primarily nights and weekends. The role of the RA is that of an advisor to the undergraduate students in matters of student life and emergencies. The RAs will assist in planning and implementing co-curricular activities on campus. In addition, the RAs will organize a Residential Council of students, and will serve on that Council.

How to Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  1. A statement summarizing your skills and qualifications for the position. Tell us why you think you’d be a good RA. If appropriate, specifically include examples of your experience planning events, coordinating volunteers, handling difficult or stressful situations, and serving in leadership roles.
    • Spring applicants: Please note what travel courses you plan to take in your statement.
    • Summer applicants: Please note whether you plan to be at the Marine Lab for Summer Term 1, 2 or both terms.
  2. Contact information for two non-academic recommenders  who have personal knowledge of you (professionals not your peers). Contact information should include, name, title, organization, phone number and email address. 

Submit your materials to Jason English (, by the deadline. All applicants will be considered equally for the co-RA positions.


For additional information, contact:
Jason English (




Summer Tuition Scholarships

  • Offered Summer Terms 1 & 2

Duke Marine Lab Summer Tuition Scholarships are available to all Duke or non-Duke undergraduates, post baccalaureates or graduates (including foreign) enrolled in marine science summer courses. 

Deadline, Criteria & Application Instructions


  • April 14, 2024

All scholarship applicants will be notified of their award status shortly after the deadline.


Students are eligible to receive one scholarship for one course per summer. For example: Students will not be awarded a scholarship for a course in both Summer Term 1 and Summer Term 2.

Students on Duke Financial Aid should check with their financial advisor before applying for a scholarship from the Marine Lab. If you already receive financial aid for the summer, a scholarship from the Marine Lab might not provide you with an additional benefit.

How to Apply

Interested students are requested to submit a brief personal statement, i.e., the reason for taking the particular course and demonstrate a need for the scholarship.  Please send the scholarship request to


For additional information, contact:


Scholarships in Marine Science

The Duke University Marine Lab offers scholarships for two visiting (non-Duke) undergraduates for the fall semester covering tuition & fees, room & board, books, travel to Beaufort, and full support for participation in the fall-break travel course.

  • For Visiting Students (students outside of Duke University)

  • Offered Fall Semester

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