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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. 

Our Three Focus Areas

Merit Scholarships

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 helps to select and support the undergraduate students involved in Duke's ten merit scholarship programs.  

Students who were selected as finalists for merit scholarships for the Class of 2028 have already been notified by email. 

Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Supporting Duke's incredible students and alumni as they apply for prestigious scholarships beyond Duke.

The Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) team aides Duke's students and alumni 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.

Affiliated Programs

Encouraging intellectual engagement and scholarship at Duke University.

Housed within OUSF are a variety of programs at 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, scholarly opportunities for future health professionals, and research initiatives.