Duke University & Duke Divinity School

“To cultivate a vibrant community through theological education on Scripture, engagement with the living Christian tradition, and attention to and reflection on contemporary contexts in order to form leaders for faithful Christian ministries.”

Description of PhD/ThD Program

Duke University supports two research-oriented doctoral programs. Through the Divinity School, it also sponsors a professional doctorate (D.Min.) for practicing clergy and other religious service providers. The research doctoral programs are:

  1. The Ph.D. program or Graduate Program in Religion (GPR), a distinctive collaboration between the Department of Religious Studies in Duke’s College of Arts and Sciences and Duke Divinity School. It is ranked nationally at the very top of Ph.D. programs in religion and theology and is recognized throughout the world for its leading scholars.
  2. The Doctor of Theology Program (Th.D.), housed within the Divinity School. It extends doctoral training at Duke to areas of study outside the scope of the GPR, including homiletics and Christian formation. The Th.D. also allows concentration in any of the other theological disciplines, particularly as they attend to the faith and practices of Christian communities.

 Description of Ph.D. Program

The GPR is part of Duke’s Graduate School and represents a diverse and dynamic community of faculty members and graduate students, who are engaged in robust scholarly exchange with each other and with colleagues in the broader university, as well as at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and other area schools.

Its ten areas of concentration are American Religion, Asian Religions, Christian Theological Studies, Early Christianity, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, History of Judaism, Islamic Studies, New Testament, Religion and Modernity, and World Christianity.

Description of Th.D. Program

Duke Divinity School’s Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) provides students with academically rigorous training informed by an understanding of theology as critical reflection on Christian practice and belief in light of scripture.

Students work within theological disciplines such as Bible, church history, theology, ethics, homiletics, and Christian formation, and also at the intersection of these disciplines with fields such as political science, peacemaking and reconciliation, medicine, and the arts. The program is intentionally interdisciplinary, and students have access to the resources of both the wider University and partner institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central University, and NC State University).

Tuition & Housing Costs

2017-2018 Tuition Costs for Ph.D. Students

   

  Fall 2017     

Spring 2018        

 Summer 2018       

12 Months        

Tuition  

$23,795

$23,795

$3,290

$50,880

Room 

$3,740

 $4,675

$2,805

$11,220

Board

$2,028

$2,535

 $1,521

 $6,084

2017-2018 Tuition Costs for Th.D. Students*

  Fall 2017      Spring 2018         12 Months        
Tuition $18,875 $18,875  

$37,750

 

*Room and board not included for Th.D. students.

Tuition Assistance

For Ph.D. Students:

Duke’s 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.

For Th.D. Students:

The Divinity School pays tuition and most student fees for Th.D. students in years 1-5. The cost of mandatory health insurance is not covered. Students are encouraged to apply for external funding during and beyond their years of support, which will be added on top of funding received from Duke Divinity School.

Financial Aid Fellowships

Financial Aid-Fellowships

For Th.D. Students:

In addition to tuition and fee waivers, Th.D. students receive a fellowship worth approximately $20,500 per year during years 1-5 in the program. This fellowship comprises a non-compensatory stipend of $14,500 per year and approximately $6,000 per year in compensation for serving as a research assistant (year 1) or teaching assistant (years 2-5). Th.D. students also receive support for language study and professional development.

For Ph.D. Students:

Ph.D. students receive tuition waivers and approximately $27,500 per year in earnings in years 1-2. Of the total amount, $5,500 is given as a summer stipend to students in both their first two years of study. About $3,000 – $6,000 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.

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. A 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 in the Ph.D. Program:

  • 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 in the Ph.D. Program:

  • 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 are 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.
Hispanic/Latina/o Faculty

Edgardo Colón-Emeric
Assistant Professor of Christian Theology; Senior Strategist, Hispanic House of Studies, Duke Divinity School

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).

Other Resources

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.

HTI Scholars

Michael Remedios Grigoni (Ph.D. program)    

Alberto Alexander La Rosa Rojas (Th.D. program)  

Tito Madrazo (Th.D. program)

Daniel Ramírez (Ph.D. program)
Associate Professor of American Religions
Claremont Graduate University

Miguel José Romero (Th.D. program)
Assistant Professor, Religious and Theological Studies
Salve Regina University

Contact Information

The HTI contacts for information on ThD and PhD studies at Duke are:

Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Name:     Rev. Todd Maberry
Title:        Senior Director of Admissions, Recruitment, and Student Finance, Duke Divinity School
Phone:    919-660-3436

Email:     admissions@div.duke.edu

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Name:     Carol Rush
Title:        Staff Assistant to the Graduate Program in Religion, Duke University
Phone:    919-660-3512
Email:      carol.rush@duke.edu