There is not a separate application process for merit scholarships for incoming first year students, except for the Robertson Scholars Program. Your application to Duke University is the basis on which eligibility for merit scholarships is determined. If you are selected as a finalist for a merit scholarship, you will be notified via email from this office in early May. Finalists will then interview with scholarship selection committees and merit scholarships will be awarded no later than mid June.
Academic Community & Faculty Engagement
Merit Scholars contribute to and benefit from being part of a community of ambitious and collegial thinkers. Each scholarship is led by a Faculty Director, a distinguished Duke faculty member and campus leader who has chosen to dedicate extra time to working with undergraduate merit scholars. During the academic year, Scholars will also engage with faculty mentors through programs like Critical Conversations, learn from guest speakers at events like the Faculty Flash Talks on Race and Society, and enjoy the occasional field trip.
Merit Scholars have a variety of options for educational enrichment over the course of their Duke careers. After completion of their first year, Scholars may apply to use their enrichment funds to support a variety of experiential opportunities. Scholars conduct research in labs and archives around the world, intern in the private or public sector, engage in service work, and pursue creative projects. Each year, scholars present their projects at the OUSF Poster Session.
Research & Professional Development
At Duke, world-class professors are in the classroom from day one, teaching small classes and seminars. Scholars can work alongside faculty to tackle real problems at the frontiers of research and public service. Through personal interactions with Duke professors, visiting scholars, scholarship alumni, and one another, scholars gain early exposure to top faculty, discover opportunities to receive professional mentoring, and secure research positions as early as their first year.
List of Scholarships
The University Scholarship recognizes students with excitement for interdisciplinary research, collaborative thinking, and innovative scholarship. University Scholars must also demonstrate financial need.