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The Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship Program


A renowned merit scholarship program at one of the world's top universities. A scholarly community that prizes academic ability and intellectual complexity. A program that supports its scholars wholeheartedly and financially.

Benefits and Opportunities


Financial Support

Each A.B. Duke Scholar receives a financial award covering full tuition, room and board, and all mandatory fees for four years (eight semesters). Duke University has a firm commitment to making education affordable. For A. B. Dukes with additional financial need, Duke University will pay 100 percent of institutionally determined, demonstrated need for U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike. In combination with the A.B. Duke scholarship, this grant provides all A.B. Duke Scholars the opportunity to graduate from Duke without any student loans.

Some A. B. Dukes choose to spend one or two semesters during their college career studying abroad. For approved programs, the A.B. Duke Scholarship will pay educational expenses up to the cost of Duke’s tuition.The Scholarship also covers all expenses associated with the Oxford Summer Program, including tuition, room, board, program excursions, and an air fare allowance.


Research and Faculty Access

Intellectually curious people seek opportunities to exercise their powers of inquiry. Duke University’s faculty members are committed to giving students the individual attention that nurtures their ideas and pushes them to excel. Learning is a priority and teaching is personal.

At Duke, world-class professors are in the classroom from the first day of students’ freshman year, teaching small classes and seminars. All Duke students can work side by side with such professors to tackle real problems at the frontiers of research and public service. A.B. Duke Scholars, however, receive additional support to help them find faculty mentors whose interests match their own and develop research, arts, and service projects.

A.B. Duke Scholars may apply for the A.B. Duke Research Fellowship (ABDRF), which awards up to $5,000 per scholar to fund research or special projects and associated expenses, including travel. Many A.B. Dukes apply for ABDRF funding in order to spend a summer dedicated to innovative research or service at Duke or beyond. That experiential education often continues through independent studies during the year. Each year several scholars publish or present their findings at national and international conferences.


Enrichment Experiences

A.B. Duke Scholars have a variety of options for educational enrichment during the summer terms.

Once during their Duke career, A.B. Duke Scholars may attend a six-week summer program at the University of Oxford, all expenses paid. The Duke in Oxford program is a chance to deepen friendships with fellow A.B. Dukes while studying within the individualized tutorial system at one of England’s most venerable institutions of higher learning. In between pondering the ethical quandary of stem cell research and the works of Shakespeare, A.B. Dukes explore London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the English countryside.

Some students choose to substitute another approved summer program—often an independent research project here at Duke—for the Oxford Program. The A.B. Duke Program offers a $2,500 stipend to support this alternative.

The A.B. Duke Research Fellowship (ABDRF) awards A.B. Dukes up to $5,000 for research projects proposed by the scholars. ABDRF grants have taken A.B. Dukes to study childhood malnutrition in Sudan, microfinance in Kenya, and classical Indian dance in Bangalore, India. The A.B. Duke faculty director and assistant director are committed to matching scholars with the right faculty in the pursuit of common interests and goals.


Academic Community

A.B. Duke Scholars contribute to and benefit from being part of a community of ambitious and collegial thinkers. Through personal interactions with Duke professors, visiting scholars, scholarship alumni, and one another, scholars gain early exposure to top faculty, discover opportunities to receive professional mentoring, and secure research positions as early as their freshmen year.

First-year scholars participate in a series of dinner discussions with distinguished academic guests. Past speakers have included the late John Hope Franklin, New York Times columnist David Brooks, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, internationally renowned playwright Ariel Dorfman, and Darwin-Wallace Medalist, Mohamed Noor.

A.B. Duke Scholars routinely create other opportunities for discourse with distinguished academicians beyond the first-year seminar, including organizing and presenting a themed speakers series and hosting lunch discussions with guest speakers of the Provost’s Lecture Series.

Another valuable opportunity for intellectual exchange is the scholar community itself. A.B Duke Scholars seek out ways of engaging one another through collaborative academic and service work, regular salons, and campus-wide initiatives such as the pre-orientation program P-Search.


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Copyright Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows 2017