Undergraduate Scholarships in Marine Science

August 26 - December 14, 2019


Since 2010, the Duke University Marine Lab has offered two full scholarships to students from outside universities to attend the lab's fall semester  in Beaufort, North Carolina. These scholarships for non-Duke undergraduates cover  tuition & fees, room & board, books, travel to Beaufort, and full support for participation in a travel course over fall break in full. 

Undergraduate scholars enroll in four Duke courses of their choosing taught in Beaufort, where there is emphasis on the biology and physiology of marine organisms, marine molecular biology, marine policy, and coastal socio-ecological issues. To view the fall semester undergraduate course offerings, visit our fall page

Check out our previous scholarship recipients!

March 1, 2019


  • Be currently enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in college (non-Duke)
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa

Other factors considered in the evaluation process include whether an applicant:

  • identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in marine science;
  • has demonstrated interest in marine science and its impact on society;
  • anticipates pursuing an advanced degree in marine science;
  • submits a compelling personal statement and strong letters of recommendation

To Apply

Interested students are required to submit:

  • Personal essay: How has your heritage made a difference in your life? How might it resonate in your work in marine science? How will a semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory benefit your career goals?
  • Resume
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (emailed letters are acceptable)
  • Official transcript
  • Undergraduate Scholarship Application

Please submit your personal essay, resume, and application together in one email. Your transcript and letters of recommendation may arrive separately.

Applications should be sent electronically to katie.wood@duke.edu

or by mail to:

Katie Wood
Program Coordinator
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516

Notification of awards will be made by 15 March 2019.

For additional information, contact: