Funding Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in giving to the School of Nursing. Your support ensures our continued excellence and impact, helping us prepare the next generation of nursing leaders.

School of Nursing Annual Fund

A gift of any amount to the Nursing Annual Fund provides the school with unrestricted dollars that directly impact our students, allowing us to shape the future of nursing. Donors who make a gift of $1,000 or more are invited to join the Bessie Baker Society, the school’s leadership annual giving society.

"While I was student, I was fortunate to have received financial aid that helped cover a large part of my tuition. As an alumna, I give to the Nursing Annual Fund and hope my giving will inspire others to give back and allow future students to enjoy the same opportunities as I was given." ~ Ravenne Aponte, ABSN'17


Endowed scholarships create a lasting legacy that will benefit nursing students for generations to come. Scholarships are awarded based on merit or need and allow many of our students to experience the world-class educational opportunities at the Duke University School of Nursing.

"The School of Nursing has given me the chance to fulfill my dreams. Because of my scholarship, I am able to be fully immersed in my education and take advantage of many opportunities Duke and the School of Nursing have to offer."
~ Stephanie Clune, ABSN Student

Nursing Research

Our faculty are leaders in accelerating the discovery and innovation that impacts care delivery, especially in areas related to disease prevention, health promotion, and patient outcomes. Recognizing nursing research is a key driver for meeting our mutual goals in delivering quality, effective healthcare and promoting health, Duke Health chancellor, Eugene Washington, and School of Nursing dean, Marion Broome, have established a $1M challenge fund to accelerate translational nursing research within the Duke University School of Nursing. With these matching funds, this program will enable individual donors to support funding for start-up, pilot and bridge funding that will ultimately attract additional sustained research support, doubling the value and impact of philanthropic contributions designated for DUSON research. The goal of this challenge is to build a pool of $2M in unrestricted and targeted research funding by the end of 2021.

The research happening within our School's Health Innovation Lab (HIL) is an example of the impact we make when members of our DUSON community come together. Ryan Shaw, PhD'12, RN, associate professor and director of the Health Innovation Lab, is leading interdisciplinary teams to test and produce products for immediate use in the patient care setting as part of the fight against COVID-19. Students, faculty and staff have been integral participants and support from the Annual Fund allowed us to respond quickly with forward-thinking innovation. View this link to learn more about HIL COVID-19 research.

Outreach Programs

Directly support the vision for the future of the School of Nursing by providing resources for our strategic focus areas of Community Health Improvement and Global Health. Each area impacts vulnerable populations throughout our local and global communities, creating opportunities to improve the health outcomes of these individuals.

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