Karsh International Scholarship Program 

Karsh Scholars Dining Together

In honor of the exceptional contributions international scholars make to Duke University, the Karsh International Scholarship was founded in 2010 thanks to a generous donation from Martha L. and Bruce A. Karsh. Karsh International Scholars comprise an intellectually and civically engaged cohort of international students who promote interdisciplinary inquiry, academic research, and scholarship in the service of society. International applicants must have demonstrated financial need to be eligible for this scholarship.  Our current cohort of scholars includes students from Brazil, Chile, England, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, South Korea, Tunisia, Vietnam, Wales, and Zimbabwe.  

Please note that to apply for the Karsh Scholarship, you must apply to Duke University and request financial aid.  There is no separate application.


Spotlight on Abhishek Karna

Abhishek worked with the Duke High Energy Physics (HEP) group under the supervision of Dr. Ashutosh Kotwal as part of the Huang Fellows program by the Duke Initiative for Science and Society. He worked on developing computational algorithms for the future particle detectors to detect the yet-to-be-found Dark Matter particles at the largest particle physics research center in the world: CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland.


Learn more about Abhishek

Giovanni Zanalda

Dr. Zanalda is Professor of the Practice in the Social Science Research Institute, Department of Economics, and Department of History, and Director of the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies.

Learn more about Dr. Zanalda

Frequently Asked Questions




Simply apply to Duke University.

Strong academic preparation and documented need for financial aid.


Yes. Please visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information.


Your tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, demonstrated need that exceeds those costs, and three summers of funding for research, unpaid internships, and other opportunities that will advance your academic career.


Get to Know Our Karsh Scholars

Come meet our current scholars!

Karsh International Scholars