UPEP Financial Aid

Students normally receive a stipend and waiver of tuition and fees for up to five years of study if they maintain satisfactory progress toward their degree. See the Duke Graduate School for more information.

  • During the first year, doctoral students typically receive a fellowship.  
  • During the second and third years, doctoral students typically serve as a teaching assistant (generally 10-12 hours per week).
  • During the fourth and fifth years, doctoral students typically serve as a research assistant on grants managed by a student’s major professor (about 20 hours per week) or receive fellowships from the Graduate School, other Duke entities, or external sources.
  • Funding is also available for travel to conferences.

External sources of funding often carry considerable prestige and offer generous support packages. We urge U.S. citizens and permanent residents to consider applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, the Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship, and the EPA Star Fellowship. U.S. minority applicants may also wish to investigate the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities, the American Political Science Association Minority Fellowships, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program. International students may qualify for the Fulbright Program.