Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Welcome Duke students & alumni! We’re glad you’re here exploring opportunities for your future.

  • Our “Videos” (on the left sidebar) give an overview of some of the opportunities for after Duke we’d like you to consider. This includes new videos from Fulbright on what you can do with a Fulbright grant and who does Fulbright!
  • Below you’ll see a list of some of the scholarships NCS-OUSF most frequently works with. Click through to individual scholarship pages, and you’ll find at the bottom our Process Sheets. Those outline the actions you will want to take and when to make the most of Duke’s support for your application. These deadlines start flexible but are firm when it comes to campus deadlines for complete applications.
  • If you are interested in UK graduate school scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall, Gates-Cambridge, Fulbright for study in the UK, and others) please complete your Pre-Advising responses as soon as possible.  (The link to send us these is on the Process Sheets for each of the UK graduate school scholarships.) 
  • You can also search our database with hundreds of other opportunities (on the left sidebar).
  • We do group drop-in advising Fellowships at 4 every Monday at 4:00 pm EST – see our Events (on the left sidebar).
  • You can also meet 1:1 with us for advising as well throughout the year. Click on our pictures or links to make an appointment with Babs, Bevin, or Karen (on the left sidebar).

We’re looking forward to meeting with you!


For Juniors, Seniors, Alumni, and Graduate Students applying for opportunities after Duke

Non-US citizens are eligible for starred opportunities! These include graduate school abroad and in the U.S. as well as global professional opportunities.

Please look below for the scholarships you are interested in and click on the Process Sheet at the bottom of the scholarship page to learn how to apply.

  • Churchill Scholarships
    One year of study at Cambridge University for academically accomplished research scientists.
  • DAAD*
    Research and graduate study grants offered in Germany to students studying at U.S. colleges and universities. Some programs are taught in English and do not require extensive knowledge of German. 
  • Eisenhower Global Scholars Program 
    Provides a full academic year of post-graduate study leading to a Master's degree.  Tenable for a Public Policy degree at Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford or an International Relations degree at the School of Global and Public Affairs at IE University in Madrid.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
    Fulbright offers experience abroad: teaching English, conducting independent research, or studying for one year in a master’s program to U.S. citizen seniors, alumni, grad & professional students.  
  • Gates Cambridge*
    A degree at Cambridge University for leaders in all fields committed to improving the lives of others.
  • Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program*
    Any masters, PhD or professional degrees at Stanford University for problem-solving leaders in all fields.
  • James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Serve as a Research Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for one year
  • Luce Scholars Program**Competition on Hiatus for fall of 2021***
    Work placement in Asia for aspiring leaders in all fields with limited knowledge of Asia.
  • Marshall Scholarships
    Two+ years of study at any university in the United Kingdom.
  • Marshall-Motley Scholars Program
    Full funding of law school for students pursuing careers in racial justice in the South.
  • M David-Weill Scholarship
    Two year Masters study at Sciences Po in Paris.
  • Mitchell Scholarships
    One year of Masters study in Ireland.
  • Nakayama Public Service Scholarship Program *    ***NEW***
    A Duke merit scholarship for rising seniors who have stellar academics, have exhibited leadership, and who plan careers in public service.
  • PD Soros Fellowship for New Americans
    Support for graduate or professional school in the US.  See page for information on July 2020 webinars.
  • Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
    Two years Masters study in international affairs and related fields, two summer internships with the US State Department, and a five year service commitment in the foreign service.
  • Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship
    Two years Masters study in international affairs and related fields, summer internships with Congress and abroad with the US State Department, and a five year service commitment in the foreign service.
  • Rhodes Scholarships*
    Two+ years of funded study at Oxford University.
  • Samvid Scholars
    Two years of funding for Masters study in the US, for those striving to make positive change.
  • Schwarzman Scholars*
    A one year, fully-funded masters at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.


For Sophomores and Juniors


Updated Note from NCS about COVID-19

Your NCS team has sought advice from colleagues and scholarship foundations about how the changes in the world (spring 2020 grades, summer plan cancellation, and now fall interruptions) will affect future scholarship applications. The answer seems to be that everyone will know that all students have been impacted by COVID-19 so allowances will be made. The Spring pass/fail options can be explained, “holes” on resumes that originally would have included internships or research abroad will be understood, as will changing your senior thesis topic. 

Choosing to enroll part-time or to take a leave of absence will be handled differently by the eligibility requirements of the different foundations. The two eligibility criteria to look for are: do you need to be enrolled full time to apply and/or must you have graduated before taking up the award. 

  • Sophomores or Juniors considering awards for those class years please consult both the foundations’ websites and NCS about your choices. 
  • If you are a rising senior, most post-graduate scholarships require that you complete your undergraduate degree prior to the start date of the scholarship. Again, please consult with NCS.

In all cases, application readers will be wondering what did you do with your time. Several, including Goldwater and Marshall, are adding questions to their applications about how you spent your time.  How did you use the resources you DO have?  If you are a STEM student and unable to get in a lab, can you do a comprehensive literature review of a subject you are intrigued by?  If you cannot tutor or give direct service as a volunteer, what other opportunities are available?  If you are advocating for BLM or another cause, how can you reflect upon your contribution? (One way may be a personal journal).  If you are taking the semester off, how are you spending it?  The foundations want to know about your choices and your action.

Everyone will have different opportunities and resources. Ask yourself, what can you be doing to further your research, learn something new, or help your community or family within the restrictions of social distancing? Then, carry out that plan.



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