DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL
Description of Ph.D. Program
The Graduate Program in Religion (GPR) is an exciting collaboration between the Department of Religious Studies in Duke's College of Arts and Sciences and Duke Divinity School. It ranks among the very strongest Ph.D. programs in the nation.
The GPR is a diverse and dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, engaged in vibrant scholarly exchange with each other and with colleagues in the broader university and at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (only eight miles away).
Areas of concentration include American Religion, Asian Religions, Christian Theological Studies, Early Christianity, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, History of Judaism, Islamic Studies, New Testament, and Religion and Modernity.
Tuition & Housing Costs
2015-2016 Costs of Attendance for Ph.D. Students
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The Duke Graduate School pays tuition and most student fees for Ph.D. students in years 1-5. The cost of mandatory health insurance is covered in years 1-6. Students are encouraged to apply for external funding during and beyond their years of support.
Duke Divinity School accepts doctoral students into both the Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs.
Ph.D. students receive tuition waivers and approximately $27,500 per year in earnings in years 1-2. Of the total amount, $5500 is given as a summer stipend to students in their first two years of study. About $3000 - $6000 of the total is earned by teaching or research assignments and the rest is a fellowship. In years 3-5, students are able to apply for competitive summer fellowships, as they no longer receive guaranteed summer funding after year 2.
Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
Th.D. students will be financially supported by funds from Duke Divinity School for the majority of the time they are registered and working toward their degree. Th.D. students should receive payment of tuition and stipend and fee support for a minimum of four years. Th.D. students also receive support for language study and professional development. Students are encouraged to seek additional outside funding, which will be added on top of funding received from Duke Divinity School.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Ph.D. students will be financially supported through a combination of departmental and extra-departmental funds for the majority of the time they are registered and working toward their degree. Ph.D. students should receive payment of tuition, either in the form of a Departmental Scholarship or an External Fellowship that covers some portion of the cost of education, and stipend and fee support for a minimum of five years. A limited number of supported Teaching or Research Assistantships are available, funded through a department’s instructional budget, or a faculty member’s research funds. Training program appointments are also available for US citizens and permanent residents participating in federally funded training programs.
Competitive Fellowships include:
For Incoming Students:
- Dean's Graduate Fellowship. Dean's Graduate Fellowships are provided to students who—by reason of their background, culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, work, and life experiences—contribute to a fuller representation of perspectives within the academic life of the University. The Graduate School’s commitment to promoting and benefiting from diversity leads it to encourage nominations of students who are Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino Americans. All nominees must be U.S. citizens. The Dean's Graduate Fellowship is a four-year award, which provides payment of full tuition, health and recreation fees, health insurance and a 12-month stipend. The actual amount of the stipend will be the standard departmental award (paid over 9 or 12 months depending on the program) plus a $5,000 supplement, paid over the summer or the 12-month year, again, depending on the student’s program.
- James B. Duke Fellowship. The James B. Duke One-Hundredth Anniversary Fund provides fellowships for students who wish to pursue a program leading to the Ph.D. in the Graduate School at Duke University. Its objective is to aid in attracting and developing outstanding scholars at Duke. Selection of recipients is made by a faculty committee upon nomination by the appropriate department. These fellowships provide a $5,000 stipend supplement for four years to any other award the student receives from the department, the Graduate School, or national fellowships
- University Scholars Program Fellowship. The University Scholars Program was created in 1998 with a gift from Duke University Trustee Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation. The program is designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and diverse community of scholars. Each year the University Scholars Program provides tuition and a stipend for up to six incoming graduate students who participate in bimonthly University Scholars Program seminars, and act as informal intellectual leaders and mentors (not advisors) to the program's undergraduates.
For Continuing Students:
- Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Fellowships. The Aleane Webb Fellowship provides small grants for dissertation research projects. This fund was created to assist graduate students in funding miscellaneous projects associated with research. Eligible projects include the purchase of microfilm, photographic development of slides, and graphic reproduction. Travel and typing costs will not be considered for this award. The Graduate School will award up to $500 per project.
- Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Fellowship for Undergraduate Instruction. The Bass Undergraduate Instructional Program is an endowment to support the Graduate School’s mission to train the educators and professionals of the future. This award, funded by the generosity of Anne T. and Robert M. Bass, provides an annual stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School minimum stipend established each year), as well as tuition, health and recreation fees. In addition, the Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke student medical insurance plan. Each recipient will also receive a $5,000 stipend supplement.
- International Research Travel Fellowship for Advanced Students. The International Fellowship provides an annual stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School minimum stipend established each year), as well as tuition, health and recreation fees. In addition, the Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke student medical insurance plan.
- Julian Price Graduate Fellowship in Humanities/History. The Price Fellowship provides to students in the Humanities and History an annual stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School minimum stipend established each year), as well as tuition, health and recreation fees. In addition, the Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke student medical insurance plan.. Each recipient will also receive a $5,000 award to be used exclusively to cover expenditures for research. These expenditures can include travel for research purposes or attendance at conferences, and/or purchase of supplies or equipment necessary to the research project.
- Catherine Goodman Stern Fellowship. The Stern Fellowship provides to students in their final year of dissertation research an annual stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School minimum stipend established each year), as well as tuition, health, and recreation fees. In addition, the Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke student medical insurance plan.
- Library Internships. Four Special Collections Library internships (Reference Intern, Archival Processing Intern, Advertising History Intern, and African American Studies Intern) are made available by the Graduate School and the Perkins Library. These are 9-month internships that each provide a stipend (equivalent to the Graduate School minimum stipend established each year), as well as tuition, health and recreation fees. In addition, the Graduate School will pay the health insurance premium for recipients who enroll in the Duke student medical insurance plan.
- Pre-Dissertation and Dissertation Research Travel Award. The Graduate School Pre-dissertation and Dissertation Research Travel Awards provide funding for Ph.D. students to travel outside the continental United States. Award amounts vary from $500 to $3,000 depending on the research project and the number of proposals funded (the average award for the 2008-09 academic year was approximately $2,650). Funding generally includes travel costs, some living expenses, and direct research expenses. All students enrolled full-time in a graduate school program at Duke are eligible.
Assistant Research Professor of Theology and Hispanic Studies; Director of the Hispanic Studies Program
Hispanic Centers and Programs
The Hispanic House of Studies is committed to assisting the North Carolina and Western North Carolina Annual Conferences and Duke Divinity School to support and strengthen ministries to and with Hispanics and Latinos in North Carolina.
Library Resources-Special Collections
The electronic databases of Duke University Libraries provide access to a number of resources including the Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), an annual survey of public opinion in 18 Latin-American countries (Latinobarometer).
Manos Unidas (United Hands) was formed in 2008 to support Hispanic/Latino students and welcomes all students interested in Hispanic/Latino ministries. The group hosts potluck gatherings throughout the school year. Contact the Hispanic House of Studies at (919) 660-3599 for current student leadership.
Former HTI Fellows/HTIC Scholars
Tito Madrazo2013-2014 First Year Doctoral Scholar
Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
Miguel José RomeroMoreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Notre Dame2008-2009 Doctoral 2009-2010 Doctoral Renewal2010-2011 Comprehensive Exams Year Fellow
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Daniel RamírezAssistant Professor of North American Religious History University of Michigan1997-1998 Doctoral & Doctoral Mentoring recipient 1998-1999 Doctoral Renewal2002-2003 Dissertation Year Fellow
The HTIC persons to contact for information on Th.D. and Ph.D. studies at Duke Divinity School are:
Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
Name: Paige AndersonTitle: Director of Admissions Operations, Duke Divinity SchoolTelephone: 919-660-3436Email: [email protected]
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Name: Carol RushTitle: Staff Assistant to the Graduate Program in ReligionTelephone: 919-660-3512Email: [email protected]
Updated March 2015