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 total departmental funding, which includes compensatory and non-compensatory payments, and payment of tuition and fees, the student must be in residence at Duke and completing service (TA/GA work). This does not apply to the fieldwork year (during which time the student may have received non-compensatory departmental funding if they were not awarded external funding). 

Option to "Bank" Funds

For students who are successful and, after the third year, receive a grant (from a source external to the department) that will cover their expenses, have the opportunity to receive "banked" funding.  Banked funding is for one semester.  (Attention all students) Please click on this link to see how the banked funding relates to the teacher assistant/graduate/research assistant policy. 

ATTENTION PLEASE: Banked funding takes effect when a student is in the sixth year of the program. 

If a student in year six applies for the Sixth Year Tuition Scholarship and the student already has banked funding they are not eligible to receive the scholarship, due to the banked funding


We recommend that students spend at least one year in the field. Students who have received a fellowship award/grant may spend an additional semester in the field (eighteen months total) and receive (non-compensatory pay only) for one semester.  Those who were awarded outside fellowships and spend eighteen months in the field will return to Duke with three semesters of funding.  

The students who have not received outside funding and spend one year in the field will return to Duke with two semesters of funding in year five

Students who choose to remain in the research field an additional semester or an additional year in (year five) will only receive the non-compensatory portion of their pay as stipend support from the department.  This relates to the Service Requirement Policy on the departmental web site. 

The choice to remain in the field in year five will result in no funds equal to TA or GA payments.

Duke offers fieldwork grants through the Graduate School.

Dissertation Research

In the spring of the second year, students should collect information about relevant grants for their field dissertation research starting in January of the third 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 dissertation research. There are grants specifically allocated to support students in the dissertation writing stage.