Duke Divinity School awards and distributes its financial resources with a view toward Christian charity and stewardship. Most Divinity School students receive some form of financial assistance, and students should be mindful that such aid is a privilege to be enjoyed thanks to many benefactors who have graciously given funds to the school.

The financial aid deadline for both prospective and returning students is May 1. Please note: returning students must reapply each academic year.

Notification of need-based awards for prospective students begins in March and returning students in June. An estimated expense budget is provided to assist with cost projections.

Grants & Scholarships

Grants

Need-based tuition grants are awarded as follows:  (students are required to complete the Application and Instructions: Need-Based Grants (pdf) and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all need based grants).

  • M.Div. – 33 percent for entering students and 22 percent for returning students
  • M.Div./M.S.W.– 25 percent per year
  • M.T.S. – 22 percent per year
  • M.A.C.S. – 20 percent per year

Scholarships

Students applying for admission to the M.Div., M.T.S., and Th.D. degrees are automatically considered for scholarships. Students accepted into the M.A.C.P. and D.Min. degree programs receive an automatic 25% scholarship. The following scholarships are awarded for August admission on the basis of merit and require full-time enrollment.

To retain all scholarships, students must maintain satisfactory scholarship progress.

  • Divinity Fellowships at Duke (M.Div.)

    entering students — full tuition

    To be considered, students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA from their undergraduate or graduate program and have started the candidacy process for ordination in the UMC or the process that leads to ordination in another denomination. Recipients must enroll in four courses per semester.

    Fellows will also receive a full-time summer field education placement in one of 14 teaching congregations from across the country.

  • Divinity Rural Fellowships

    entering students — full tuition

    Awards are given to students from WNC and NC annual conferences who exhibit a calling and passion for leadership in rural North Carolina. Rural ministry fellows are appointed to serve a 10-week summer field education placement in one of our six Duke partner congregations serving rural NC at the end of their first year.

  • Hispanic/Latino Ministry Fellowships (M.Div.)

    Up to 100 percent of tuition per year for students from Western North Carolina and North Carolina annual conferences of the United Methodist Church who exhibit a calling and passion for leadership in North Carolina. Hispanic/ Latino Ministry Fellows are appointed to serve a 10-week summer field education placement at the end of their first year in one of several Duke partner communities serving Hispanic/Latino ministry settings.

  • Duke Scholarship (M.Div.)

    entering students — full tuition

    Award is based on academic achievement and exceptional promise for ordained or diaconal ministry.

  • Distinguished Service Scholarship (M.Div.)

    entering students — 50-75% of tuition

    This award is given to students who combine outstanding leadership and service to the church.

  • Dean’s Scholarship (M.Div.)

    entering students — 75% of tuition

    This award focuses on minorities, mission interests, and denominational needs.

  • Ray C. Petry Scholarships (M.T.S.)

    entering students — full tuition

    This award is given for academic achievement and promise for significant future contributions in the field of religious studies

  • M.L.King, Jr. Scholarship (M.Div.)

    Non-renewable awards of $2,000 are awarded to first-year ethnic minority students who demonstrate need, outstanding promise for ministry, and strong academic performance.

  • Duke Evangelism Fellowship (Th.D.)

    entering students — up to full tuition plus stipend

    Awards are available to candidates with demonstrated interest in teaching evangelism.

  • University Scholar (M.Div., M.T.S.)

    entering students — full tuition for one year.

    The University Scholars program 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.

Lending Principles / Loan Options

Duke University has established a set of publicly available principles and policies to govern educational lending practices for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. These principles emphasize that lending practices proceed from a commitment to the best interests of our students, that we support students' right to choose their lenders and that neither Duke nor its employees accept financial payments, goods or services of material value from lenders. All employees involved in financial aid and student lending are subject to a rigorous conflict of interest policy. Administrators may serve as unpaid members of lender advisory boards in order to help shape the products and services that will best meet the needs of our students; in such cases, Duke pays all costs associated with that service.

Duke University Statement on Educational Lending (pdf)
Duke Financial Aid: Loan Options

Work Opportunities
  • R.A. (Residential Advisor) Positions offer free room plus a stipend. Students should apply in December/January of the year prior to fall entrance. Contact (919) 684-4304 for more information, or visit Resident Life & Housing Services.
  • Federal Work Study Positions are available in various capacities within the Divinity School, including the library, media center, and copy center.
  • America Reads/Counts Challenge gives students the opportunity to tutor children in reading and math. For information, contact Community Service Center, Box 90827, Ground Floor, Crowell Building, Durham, NC 27709-0827, (919) 684-4377
GI Education

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Every school at Duke has agreed to participate in the program at varying levels.  Duke Divinity School will provide a maximum of five scholarships ranging up to $8,000 per year on a first come first served basis.

All Yellow Ribbon awards are based on Post 9/11 Veterans eligibility requirements established by the Veterans Administration and are not need-based.  All applicants for the Yellow Ribbon program must submit VA certifications to Duke’s Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.  Duke’s certifying official will date stamp each certificate of eligibility and forward a copy to the appropriate school at Duke.  This date will be used to determine the order in which the awards will be made. All awards by the VA are paid directly to the University on behalf of the student. 

For more details, visit the Office of the University Registrar.