Funding Opportunities

The Duke University Graduate School website has a constantly updated database of funding and fellowship opportunities, both through Duke and through other external sources.


Internal Funding:  There is funding available for ITEHP students to attend program-focused conferences, professional workshops, or annual meetings. Please contact Alexis Sharp for more information.



The Duke Office of Campus Research Development (OCRD) has developed some toolkits designed to help graduate students and postdocs prepare proposals to NSF and NIH grant and fellowship programs.  ITEHP strongly encourages all PhD students and postdocs to consider applying for these types of grants – even if not ultimately funded, the application process is an excellent experience.  Regardless of your career goals, grant-writing is an extremely useful skill to have.  Our alumni who have gone on to jobs in academia, government, non-profits, industry, and consulting all have one common observation: they are *all* writing grants!

OCRD Grant-Writing Toolkits: (Duke NetID and password required)

  • NSF Grants for Graduate Students & Postdocs – Includes separate toolkits for Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG), and Postdoc Fellowship applications
  • NIH F Grants – Helps PhD students and postdocs develop F31 and F32 applications


External Funding:

Below is a listing of some select funding opportunities that our students may be eligible to apply for.

Opportunity NameFunding SourceDescriptionDeadline
Society of Toxicology (SOT) AwardsSociety of Toxicology (SOT)SOT Awards are distributed by a variety of groups within and connected to SOT and often consist of a stipend or financial support for research.Varies by award

10/9/2020 deadline specifically for the SOT Awards and Supported Awards
Diversity Initiatives Endowment Career Development AwardSociety of Toxicology (SOT)This award will enable undergraduate and graduate students to engage in additional education and career development opportunities to enhance their professional development. Possible eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, conference registrations, internship or conference travel, and professional workshops. Applicants must be a member of an under-represented group in the biomedical sciences as defined by NIH (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American including Alaskan, Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander).5/1/2021
GEM Fellowship ProgramThe National GEM ConsortiumGEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academia.

Fellowships are available for underrepresented minority students pursuing doctoral degrees in the natural sciences or engineering.
Dr. Pat McClellan-Green Student Travel AwardCarolinas Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (CSETAC)Each year, 2-4 monetary awards will be given to eligible CSETAC student members to fund travel to the annual SETAC North America Meeting.9/21/2020
(for the 2020 SETAC North America Meeting in Fort Worth, TX)
Race and the Professions Fellowship The Duke Endowment The Race and the Professions Fellowship is a year-long program made possible by The Duke Endowment inviting Duke graduate and professional students to explore challenges of racial inequities and the work of anti-racism in the professions.
In the last few months, everyday life in America has been both undone and unveiled. Basic rhythms have been upended even as centuries-old injustices have come center stage in a new way. In particular, COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd have laid bare longstanding racial disparities. While what comes next is hard to discern, we know that it is unacceptable to go back to the way things were. What does this mean for the professions? More specifically, what does this mean for the profession you, as a Duke graduate or professional student, are pursuing in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Nicholas School of the Environment, the School of Medicine, the Duke-NUS Medical School, the School of Nursing, the Fuqua School of Business, the School of Law, the Divinity School, Pratt School of Engineering, or the Sanford School of Public Policy?
What Race and the Professions Fellows will have in common is a desire to explore the purpose of their profession and how to be a good person within it, in light of anti-racism and racial justice work. All graduate and professional school students at Duke may apply, and we anticipate a diverse cohort of Fellows. Fellows each receive a stipend of $3,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year. Fellows will also be invited to apply for additional funding to support summer projects that give students a sense of the possibilities for purpose in their profession through ‘‘on-the-ground’ experience of antiracism and racial justice work.
To apply: E-mail the applicationcation to A.J. Walton at with the subject line “Race and the Professions Fellowship”.
Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Awards and Grants (SETAC)Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)SETAC strives to honor and recognize outstanding contributions of individuals or groups of individuals to environmental science, and to the Society by means of the Awards Program. SETAC awards may be global in stature, or may recognize contributions at the geographic unit level.
In accordance with SETAC’s mission and values, the Society provides grant opportunities and financial stipends to support students and early career professionals and to promote diversity and inclusion.
Varies by award