Duke Divinity School offers a number of scholarships and fellowships that can help fund your education, and all students admitted to the M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.C.P., D.Min., and Th.D. receive some scholarship support. There is no separate application to be considered.
In addition to scholarships, field education grants ranging from $7,600 to $9,000 are available to M.Div. students through the office of field education.
100% of M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.C.P., D.Min., and Th.D students receive some form of scholarship support.
Rural Ministry Fellowships
Each year, Thriving Rural Communities awards full merit-based scholarships, sponsored by The Duke Endowment, to Duke Divinity School students from the two United Methodist conferences in North Carolina who exhibit the gifts, passion, and signs of a calling to exceptional ordained leadership in rural United Methodist churches in the state.
Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship
The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Fellowship at Duke Divinity School encourages theological formation among those with vocations to healthcare. It provides students tuition grants of $10,000 for the first year of study with additional scholarship support available on a competitive basis. The fellowship is open to students and practitioners in any of the health professions, as well as to others whose vocations and aspirations involve full-time work in health-related contexts (e.g. hospital administrators, chaplains, and public health workers).
Scholarship & Fellowship Details
Entering students are automatically considered for the scholarships and fellowships listed here.
Ministerial Promise Scholarship (M.Div.)*
This scholarship offers entering students 33% of tuition and gives continuing students a scholarship for 22% of tuition.
*Effective 2017-18, this scholarship will offer entering students 25% of tuition and give continuing students a scholarship for 25% of tuition.
Ministerial Promise Scholarship for Dual Degree Students (M.Div./M.S.W.)
This program gives entering and continuing students funds for 25% of tuition for the years enrolled at Duke Divinity School.
Engaged Leaders Scholarship (M.A.C.P.)
All admitted students in the M.A.C.P. program receive an Engaged Leaders Scholarship, a merit-based award covering 25% of tuition costs for the duration of their studies.
The M.T.S. Scholarship offers 22% of tuition to entering and continuing students.
* Effective 2017-18 , the M.T.S scholarship will offer 25% of tuition to entering and continuing students.
Divinity Fellowships of up to 100 percent of tuition per year are awarded to selected M.Div. students who have a minimum 3.5 GPA from their previous studies and have started the candidacy process for ordination in the UMC, plan to pursue elders orders, and serve in a parish ministry setting. Fellows also receive a full-time summer field education placement in one of 14 teaching congregations from across the country.
Duke Scholarships of up to 100 percent of tuition are awarded to both entering and returning students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and exceptional promise for either ordained or diaconal/lay ministry.
Ray C. Petry Scholarships
Petry scholarships, ranging up to 100 percent of tuition, are awarded to entering M.T.S. students on the basis of academic excellence and promise of significant future contributions in the field of religious studies. The scholarships can be renewable in the second year of study.
Distinguished Service Scholarships
Distinguished Service Scholarships, ranging from 50 to 75 percent of tuition per year, are awarded to entering M.Div. students who combine outstanding leadership and service in the church with strong academic achievement. These scholarships can be renewable in the second and third years of study.
Dean’s Scholarships, ranging up to 75 percent of tuition per year, are awarded to entering M.Div. students. Factors taken into account include ethnic origin, missional responsibilities for the church at home and abroad, and denominational needs. These scholarships can be renewable in the second and third years of study.
Hispanic/Latino Ministry Apprenticeships
Hispanic/Latino Ministry Apprenticeships, ranging up to 50 percent of tuition per year, are awarded for students who exhibit a calling and passion for leadership in North Carolina, with priority being given to students from Western North Carolina and North Carolina annual conferences of the United Methodist Church. Hispanic/Latino Ministry apprentices are appointed to a long-term field education placement in one of several Duke partner communities serving Hispanic/Latino ministry settings.
The University Scholars program, which offers full tuition for one year, was created with a gift by Bill and Melinda Gates to stimulate an interdisciplinary, intergenerational community of scholars. One exceptional, creative student with interdisciplinary interests is selected for this award. Scholars have the opportunity to participate monthly in a seminar with undergraduate scholars and other graduate and professional students at Duke.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Endowed Fund Scholarships
Up to six scholarships annually are given to entering students who belong to ethnic minorities. These scholarships reward outstanding promise for ministry and strong academic performance. The scholarship award is a minimum of $2,000.
International Student Scholarships
In cooperation with the Crusade Scholarship Committee of the United Methodist Church and other authorized church agencies, international students are selected and admitted to courses of study. The Divinity School offers one scholarship per year to an international student in the master of theology degree program. The scholarship offers up to one year’s full tuition.
Other Scholarship Awards
Named scholarships funded by permanent endowments are awarded annually. In addition, the Divinity School receives funds designated for scholarships each year from several other sources, including the Dickson Foundation of Mount Holly, North Carolina; the Will Ervin Fund of Richlands, North Carolina; the H.E.S., Inc. of Los Angeles, California; the Magee Christian Education Foundation of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; and numerous individuals and service organizations.
Endowed Baptist Scholarships
- Carlyle Marney Scholarship
- Ned Fitzgerald Scholarship
- George Balentine Scholarship
- Jimmy and Helen Garland Scholarship
- Clare and Mary Herndon Scholarship
- Henry and Helen Turlington Scholarship
- John W. Carlton Scholarship
Non-Endowed Baptist Scholarships
- James O. Duncan Scholarship
Named for the Baptist minister and editor of the Capitol Baptist. The scholarship was established to provide support (full tuition and fees per year renewable on conditions) for a Baptist student attending a leading theological school to develop his or her full potential in leadership skills, innovation, and creativity. It does not require pursuit of any particular career or ministry path. The Baptist House scholarship committee recommends candidates, but an independent foundation committee selects the recipient.
- Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Leadership Scholarship
Recipients do not have to be a member of a CBF participating church but must embrace the vision and principles of the CBF. Other criteria include: past academic performance, financial need, attendance at CBF general assembly and retreat in June, and a lifestyle congruent to full-time Christian ministry. Students must apply in April-May. For more information, see the CBF website.
- J. Lake Williams Scholarship
For a middler or senior student who exhibits promise of excellence in ministry and expresses a commitment to ministry in the church.
- North Carolina CBF Scholarship
Awarded to middler or senior students. Recipients do not have to be a member of a CBF-participating church but must embrace the vision and principles of the CBF. Other criteria include: past academic performance, financial need, attendance at North Carolina CBF general assembly in March, and a life-style congruent to full-time Christian ministry. For more information see the CBF NC website.
- North Carolina Women in Ministry Scholarship
Awarded to a middler or senior woman student. Criteria include: clarity concerning call to ministry, academic excellence, demonstrated leadership ability in ministry, commitment to vocational Christian ministry, expressed support of inclusiveness in ministry and in all dimensions of life, commitment to Baptist principles, and the desire to serve in a Baptist context.
- Addie Davis Award for Excellence in Preaching
Awarded to a middler or senior woman student who exhibits promise for excellence in the preaching ministry. Criteria include: preparing for vocational ministry, being a full-time student, having taken at least one preaching course, a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and being Baptist. Candidates are recommended by the Baptist House scholarship committee by mid-February.
- Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry
Awarded to a middler or senior woman student who exhibits promise for excellence in the pastoral ministry. Criteria include: preparing for vocational ministry, being a full-time student, having taken at least one pastoral ministry course, a GPA of 2.75 or higher, and being Baptist. Candidates are recommended by the Baptist House scholarship committee by mid-February.
- Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
The BSCNC awards financial aid to any student who meets the following qualifications: membership for one year in a church that contributes to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, endorsement from that church with its blessings to study and prepare for ministry, and enrollment as a full-time student in the M.Div. or M.T.S. programs (Th.M. and Th.D. students are not eligible). Applications will be placed in student boxes every September and February. They must be completed by the student and returned to the Baptist House of Studies office.
- Baptist House Scholarship Funds
Awarded to middler or senior students when funds are available in the Baptist House budget. Criteria include past academic performance, financial need, and participation in Baptist House activities.
- W. C. English Foundation
Awarded to any given number of Baptist students elected by the scholarship committee. Given to high-performance students.
- Randall and Lou Lolley Scholarship
Awarded to a Senior M.Div. student through CBF of NC. Student must demonstrate record of achievement and promise for ministry. After graduation, the student must serve on the Lolley Scholarship Selection Committee.
To retain all scholarships, students must maintain satisfactory scholarship progress:
- If a scholarship student’s GPA declines over two consecutive semesters but remains above the 3.0 GPA threshold, a consultation with the academic dean and associate dean for student services will be required.
- If a scholarship student's cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year (August to May) falls in the range from 2.5 to under 3.0, the student will be placed on scholarship probation for the first semester of the next academic year.
- Students on probation must inform and receive approval from the academic dean regarding courses registered for during the probationary semester; such students will be required to follow the paradigm.
- The student’s cumulative GPA must be above the 3.0 threshold at the end of the probationary semester; if not, the student forfeits the scholarship. If the cumulative GPA exceeds the 3.0 threshold following the probationary semester, the student retains the scholarship.
- Only one probationary semester is granted during a student’s tenure at the Divinity School. Consequently, if the cumulative GPA of a scholarship student who has already been on probation falls below 3.0 a second time, the student must forfeit the scholarship.
- A scholarship student whose cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year (August to May) falls below 2.5 automatically forfeits the scholarship with no probationary period allowed.
- Students must refrain from academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism, etc.)