A.B. Duke Scholarship Program

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A.B. Duke Scholars are self-motivated students with outstanding academic and world-changing potential. Scholars are driven by sense of discovery and a commitment to engage and meet the challenges faced by society at large. The summer before their sophomore year, A.B. Duke Scholars are offered the opportunity to study at Oxford University at no cost. The oldest merit scholarship program at Duke University, the scholarship was established in 1925 by Benjamin N. and Sarah P. Duke to honor their son, Angier Buchanan Duke. A.B. Duke Scholars have won prestigious Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships and have gone on to win such notable awards as the Pulitzer Prize. Today, the program continues to attract the intellectually talented, creative, and curious students to Duke. 

Cooper Edmunds and the Duke In Oxford Experience

The Duke in Oxford summer study abroad program is a chance to deepen friendships with fellow A.B. Dukes while studying within the individualized tutorial system at one of England’s most venerable institutions of higher learning.  Cooper credits his time at Oxford for inspiring him to major in philosophy. 

"Apart from being the source of some of my closest friendships and best ideas, I also have the AB program to thank for my philosophy major, which was solely the result of six incredible weeks of Duke in Oxford (which is funded by the AB)."



Dr. Lillian B. Pierce, Faculty Director

Dr. Pierce is the Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Professor of Mathematics. She was named a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2021 in honor of her contributions to number theory and harmonic analysis. Dr. Pierce has received a Rhodes Scholarship, a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Bonn Research Fellowship, a Birman Fellowship, and won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2019. Dr. Piece enjoys mentoring A.B. Duke Scholars as they pursue their own goals at Duke and beyond.

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The Angier B. Duke Scholars Program is located within the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF). Our A.B.'s are part of a larger community of merit scholars and academically engaged students at Duke University.

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