Financial Support

PhD student tuition and 12 month stipends are fully funded for the first two years of the program. Tuition and 9 month stipends are fully funded in years 3-5.  PhD students have the option to apply for competitive summer stipends in years 3-5, but summer funding is not guaranteed. Additional financial support for health insurance and fees available. As a PhD student, you’ll receive a competitive package that should provide financial support for the majority of the time you are registered and working toward your degree. PhD students are supported in a variety of ways, including funding from the School of Nursing, Graduate School, or other governmental and private sources.

PhD students also play an integral part in the financial commitment. All students are expected to make a good-faith effort to obtain external fellowships at some point during their funding period, and will be encouraged to pursue these opportunities. It is important to understand that the overall PhD Program awards budget is dependent on a significant number of students obtaining such external support. External grants and fellowships also benefit students because they bring distinction, and competing for such awards provides students with opportunities to practice grant-writing skills that may serve them well in their future careers.  Beginning with the second semester of Year 1, PhD students who are receiving financial support from the School of Nursing are required to engage in a Graduate Assistantship in research or teaching (approximately 8 hours per week). Graduate Assistantships support the mission of the school, but also enhance the student’s scholarly portfolio.

PhD Student Graduate Assistantships (RA/TA):

Beginning with the second semester of Year 1, PhD students who are receiving financial support from the School of Nursing are required to engage in a Graduate Assistantship in research or teaching (approximately 8 hours per week). Graduate Assistantships support the mission of the school, but also enhance the student’s scholarly portfolio.

Catherine Gilliss Endowed Scholarship Award:

The Duke University School of Nursing created the Catherine Gilliss Endowed Scholarship Award as a tribute to Catherine Gilliss and her legacy of excellence as Dean of the School of Nursing from 2004 to 2014. The award will be provided annually to an incoming PhD student based upon excellent qualifications and academic promise.

The award provides an annual $5,000 stipend supplement for two years.

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