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Founded in 2010 through a generous donation from Martha and Bruce Karsh, the Karsh International Scholars comprise an intellectually and civically engaged cohort of international students who promote interdisciplinary inquiry, passionate and accessible academic research, and scholarship in the service of society.

Benefits and Opportunities


Full Scholarship to Duke University

The Karsh International Scholars Program provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees to Duke University. Scholars also have access to generous funding for domestic and international summer experiences, including opportunities for independent research both in the summer and during the academic year.


Academic Community

In addition to monetary support, Karsh International Scholars will have a cohort of students from all over the world, a faculty advisor, a graduate student mentor, and additional mentoring support from the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows. All Karsh International Scholars will be part of an intellectual community that engages in global dialogue and highlights the presence of international students on the Duke campus. During the regular school year, Karsh International Scholars will engage with faculty mentors, program coordinators, guest speakers, and have the occasional field trip.


Enrichment Experiences

After completion of the first year, Karsh Scholars may apply for up to $7,000 to support a variety of educational enrichment activities: from working at a laboratory at Duke University or elsewhere, to pursuing an internship in the private or government sector, to engaging in service work or independent research. With the help of the Karsh faculty director, the graduate assistant, and faculty mentors or advisors, Karsh International Scholars will be supported in thinking creatively and planning wisely for these enrichment opportunities.


Frequently Asked Questions


Can a student who is a citizen of any country outside the U.S. be considered for this scholarship?

Can a student who has dual U.S./other country citizenship be considered for this scholarship?

Can a student who already has a B.A. or a B.S. degree be considered for this scholarship?

How do I apply for this scholarship?
Simply apply to Duke University

What makes me a good candidate for this scholarship?
Strong academic preparation and documented need for financial aid

Does that mean that I will need to complete the financial aid forms?

Are all of the Duke application and financial aid forms available online?
Yes. Please visit the Duke Financial Aid website for more information.

Can I be nominated for this scholarship?

What does it cover?
Your tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, demonstrated need that exceeds those costs, and three summers of funding (up to $7,000) for research, unpaid internships, and other opportunities that will advance your academic career


Interested in becoming a Karsh Scholar?

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