Financial Aid

Duke University and the Sanford School of Public Policy are committed to fully supporting Public Policy PhD students for five years through a combination of scholarships, fellowships, research or teaching assistantships and stipends, provided that students maintain satisfactory progress in the program.

During the first year of the program, most students receive a scholarship for tuition and fees and are paid a stipend via departmental or external fellowships, with no additional work obligations.  In years 2 and 3, students are expected to work as Research or Teaching Assistants to earn part of the stipend.  In years 4 and 5, students will be funded through a combination of research assistantships and external dissertation fellowships.  To be eligible for full financial support students must be in good academic standing and meet all departmental qualifying standards.

We strongly encourage students to seek fellowships from external sources, which carry considerable prestige and offer generous multiyear support packages. Of special interest to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and the Jacob Javits Graduate Fellowship. U.S. minority applicants may also want to investigate the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships for Minorities, the American Political Science Association Minority Fellowships, the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowships Program, the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program.

For more information about financial support for PhD students at Duke, please visit:

For more information about the program contact:
Lisa Kukla, Program Coordinator
(919) 613-9214

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