Funding & Resources

Competitive Funding

Currently, our program is set up to pay fellowships on a 9-month basis for the first 5 years. Summer funding is guaranteed in summers 1 and 2 of the program. Students who no longer have guaranteed summer funding are encouraged to apply for competitive funding both internally and externally.  All students must have proof of health care, and the program is prepared to cover the cost of up to 6 years of health insurance if needed.  

Funding Resources

DAAD (German Exchange Service) Short-Term Research Grant

Grants are awarded for 1-6 months to highly qualified candidates who have completed a master’s degree, or in exceptional cases a bachelor’s degree, by the time they begin their grant-supported research, or those who have already completed a Ph.D. (postdocs). Applications are due Wednesday, May 1st, 2019.

Harold O.J. Brown Award for Student

Named after the late Harold Brown, a theologian who worked at the intersection of theology, science, and culture, the Brown Award is a paper competition for doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary work in theological studies. With the generous support of the Templeton Religion Trust, the Henry Center welcomes submission exploring the problems and prospects of affirming the Christian doctrine of creation in light of modern scientific research. The Brown Award is conferred on the basis of its display of literary craftsmanship, intellectual humility, competence in the handling of evidence, and the significance of its contribution to the current scholarly and ecclesial conversations. All students enrolled in an accredited PhD or ThD program are welcome to apply. The award recipient will receive a cash prize and guaranteed publication in the Trinity Journal. $2500 first prize, additional cash prizes for first and second runner-up.  Papers due May 1, 2019. More information or to apply, click here.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award

The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars Award Program is for tenure-track faculty who are committed not only to research and teaching but also to building a more inclusive scholarly community. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Malkiel Scholars Award offers a $17,500 stipend—$10,000 to be used for summer research support and $7,500 for research assistance during the academic year.

Duke Graduate School Fellowships

The Duke Graduate School offers a number of fellowships for continuing Ph.D. students, including fellowships that provide full support for the academic year, summer research fellowships for the summer, teaching fellowships, and dissertation research travel awards. Visit here to see more. 

Bass Digital Education Fellowship

Learning Innovation, in partnership with the Duke Graduate School, has just launched a new year-long fellowship program to provide PhD students professional development and instructional training opportunities in the growing area of digital education.

Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism

For the 2019/20 academic year, the Center seeks to award new fellowships for dissertation support providing full or half-time support for one year of work. The purpose of the award is to allow a student or students to have released time from other obligations in order to complete a dissertation on a topic related to the Center’s academic areas of concern. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to Professor Charlie Clotfelter at For more information, visit here.

Hub Foundation

The Hub Foundation awards up to 15 scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to support research that focuses on or includes Islam and Muslim voices or perspectives. Our goal is to help develop future scholars, teachers and leaders who can contribute to cross-cultural understanding and improving foreign and domestic relations. Application are due July 1st, 2019. For more information, visit here

Applications opened today, April 15, 2019, and close July 1, 2019.

​Additional Resources

Some important resources to help in your search for funding:

  1. Pivot (Note: You must use your Duke email in order to sign up for Pivot and access this resource.

  2. Duke Graduate School website

  3. Excavation fellowships and travel grants through American Schools of Oriental Research.

  4. Duke University Research Funding, including these grants: Institute of Current World Affairs and School for Advanced Research

  5. Fellowships for students of color from Forum for Theological Education

  6. Funding has become available for students to join The GREEN Program abroad in 2018. Interested students are now able to apply to The GREEN Program and the GREEN Advantage Fund with the opportunity to receive funding to join them abroad. Click here for more information.