Financial Support

Our Ph.D. students are awarded financial support with the understanding that the support will continue— subject to satisfactory progress and satisfactory performance of assistantship duties—for at least 5 years or until completion of the Ph.D. program, whichever comes first. Students continuing in studies beyond five years are usually also supported, assuming satisfactory progress is being made towards the Ph.D. dissertation.

Ph.D. student financial support consists of:

  • a scholarship that pays for all tuition and fees,
  • an assistantship with either teaching or research duties that provides a stipend adequate for living in Durham, and possibly
  • a fellowship that provides additional money for the student.

External Funding

Students who are eligible for external financial support such as fellowships from the NSF or from their home countries are expected to apply for the external support. See the Graduate School financial support web page for details.

Teaching and Research Assistantships

Students on assistantships collaborate with faculty on either teaching or research during the academic year. Assignments change from semester to semester. Assistantship support is usually available over the summer. In addition to Duke-based research summers, many students gain summer internships. Some recent research interns have spent summer in groups and labs at, for example, AT&T Research, Barclays Financial, BEST Inc (see the BEST Award page), Google Research, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, SAS and Yahoo, among others.