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Academic Engagement and Fellowship at Duke and Beyond.

The Office of University Scholars and Fellows, OUSF, empowers extraordinary students through participation in an intellectual community of peers, faculty, alumni, and staff that engages in scholarly and civic endeavors, preparing them to address the most pressing challenges of a changing world.

The office supports this mission in many ways, including awarding scholarship funding to students with immense potential, providing enrichment funding for extraordinary research and experiential projects, bringing distinguished guests to campus, and developing opportunities for faculty mentorship of students.


Bringing intellectually curious students with immense potential to Duke University, and supporting them through enrichment opportunities, mentorship, and more!

Our Merit Scholarship Programs (MSP) staff selects and supports the undergraduate students involved in Duke's ten merit scholarship programs. 



Supporting Duke's incredible students as they apply for prestigious scholarships

The Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) team aides Duke's incredible students as they navigate applying to prestigious scholarships for the following life-changing opportunities:

  • Independent summer research
  • Service learning
  • Foreign language study
  • Work or internships abroad
  • Graduate school in the UK, Ireland, and many other places

Students can win these scholarships as early as their first year at Duke, and alumni are eligible for a wide range of opportunities! Click through to find out more about what opportunities are available, learn about our holistic application process, and to access resources for students, alumni, and faculty and staff. 



Encouraging intellectual engagement and scholarship at Duke University

Housed within OUSF are a variety of programs Duke University that encourage academic engagement among students. Students come from diverse backgrounds and have widely differing academic and professional goals, but are united in their desire to engage with intellectual communities during their time at Duke. Affiliated programs include women's learning and housing communities, faculty lecture series, scholarly opportunities for future health professionals, and research initiatives.