Cost & Financial Support

Duke has a strong commitment to financially support students selected for graduate studies. Graduate student support can come in a variety of forms including graduate fellowships, external fellowships, graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or graduate scholarships. For more information on the cost and financial support, refer to the graduate school website: https://gradschool.duke.edu/financial-support/cost-attend   

Graduate School Fellowships:

Entering applicants who demonstrate academic excellence may qualify for one of the University fellowships which include the James B. Duke Fellowships, University Scholars and Dean's Graduate Fellowships. For more information on these fellowships, refer to the graduate school website:   https://gradschool.duke.edu/financial-support/find-funding?f[0]=grad__funding__student_status%3A91

Fellowship Sources Outside of Duke:

Students in the Literature Program have been successful in obtaining outside funding through fellowships such as the Javits, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust, Fulbright and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships.

Departmental Fellowships:

Students accepted to the Literature Program can expect to receive 5 full years of department support if they do not receive support from other funding sources. The departmental fellowship is based upon satisfactory progress and covers the following expenses:

  • A stipend for five years
  • Tuition
  • Annual registration fee for five years
  • Annual health insurance
  • Annual health fee for five years
  • Annual recreation fee for five years

The Literature program will offer partial support for students in their sixth year. This fellowship is based upon satisfactory progress and covers the following expenses:

  • Tuition
  • Annual registration fee
  • Annual health insurance
  • Annual health fee
  • Annual recreation fee

An appointment of sixth year employment is not guaranteed by the department, but Literature students have often been successful in applying for fellowships outside of Duke, and are encouraged to apply for such funding.

External grants or fellowships does not change or extend the department’s guarantee of 5 years of funding (whether from external or internal sources). In order to encourage students to apply for external funding, the department has established the following structure:

  • 1 yr. of support - student receives full funding (tuition, fees and stipend) for 1 semester in the 6th year.
  • 2 yrs. of support - student receives full funding (tuition, fees and stipend) for both semesters of the 6th year.
  • 3 or more yrs. of support - the department will pay the students fees.