Funding & Grants

Guaranteed and Competitive Funding

All incoming students are guaranteed 5 years of funding. This includes full tuition and stipend, contingent upon adequate progress in the program. You are also encouraged to pursue grants for fieldwork and dissertation write-up as early as possible. It is a requirement of our program that all students undergo the process of competing for funding as this is an important learning process that will be critical for your career.

All students are expected to apply for the Graduate School grants for which they are eligible. Review the Find Funding opportunities on the Graduate School website.

In order to receive your final year of funding, you must be in residence at Duke, completing service (TA or RA work).

Option to "Bank" Funds

For students who are successful and, after the third year, receive a grant (from a source external to the department and external to the Graduate School) that will cover their expenses have the opportunity to receive "banked" Duke funding. 


We recommend that students spend at least 1 year in the field. Students who have received an outside fellowship may spend an additional semester or possibly year in the field supported by Duke (this will be in lieu of banking the funding for write-up support at Duke). Those with an outside fellowships who elect to spend 1 year in the field will return to Duke with 2 full years of funding. Students who have not received outside funding will not be eligible for more than 1 year of Duke support in the field.  

Duke offers fieldwork grants through the Graduate School.

Dissertation Research

In the spring of the second year, you should collect information about relevant grants for their field dissertation research in the fourth year. Please note: some deadlines are as early as mid-summer after the second year. In the fall of the third year, you are expected to apply to all relevant sources for external funding for fourth year dissertation research. There are grants specifically allocated to support you in the dissertation writing stage.