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

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.

FTE Fellowship

Forum for Theological Exploration offers fellowships for Doctoral Students who are of African Descent and for those who are Latino, Asian or First Nations. Each fellowship recipient receives an award up to $25,000. All applications are due by February 1st, 2019. Visit here for more information.

Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) Grants

The goal of this internal grant competition is to enable graduate students to build or extend their networks and to integrate collaborative, cross-school experiences into their programs, thereby increasing the number of individuals whose graduate training reflects the university’s signature commitments to interdisciplinarity and knowledge in the service of society. Proposals will be accepted until February 25th, 2019 at 5:00 pm. For information, visit here

Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants

The goal of this grant competition is to expand the opportunities for graduate students to “step away” from their core research and training, so as to acquire additional skills, knowledge, or experiences outside/beyond their discipline that are not available at Duke and that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research. The proposed experience may last for up to one full semester. Funds awarded will be capped at $5,000. Proposals will be accepted until February 25th, 2019 at 5:00pm. For more information, visit here.

​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.