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Fellowships & Grants

Increase your skills and expand your impact on the world with an MPP degree at Sanford. 

Under agreements with AmeriCorps, City Year, Peace Corps, Teach for America, and Yellow Ribbon programs, students who are accepted into the Duke MPP Program are guaranteed a tuition fellowship:

  • For two-year MPP students, the fellowship is a minimum of $14,000 per year, through a combination of a tuition fellowship and payment for community service, teaching, research, or graduate assistantship.
  • For dual-degree programs, students receive a $12,000 tuition fellowship during their first year of study. They must spend year one in the MPP program before starting the dual-degree curriculum in the law (JD), environment (MEM), or business (MBA) program.

These fellowships are the minimum students will receive. All applicants from partner programs will also receive full consideration for additional, merit-based tuition assistance based on the strength of their application.

AmeriCorps, City Year, Peace Corps, Teach for American & Yellow Ribbon logos

The Terry and Laurie Sanford Family Fellowship

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  • 2015 and 2016 Carlucci Fellows met former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Senator Chuck Hagel, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Afghanistan and Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, among others, at the ho

    Carlucci Fellowship

    Carlucci Fellows met former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Senator Chuck Hagel, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Afghanistan and Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad, among others, at the home of Marcia Carlucci (in white dress) and former Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci (seated) for a unique networking event.  Daughter Kristin Carlucci Weed PPS ’02 (in pink dress) and her husband Joshua Weed (behind Marcia) have joined Secretary and Mrs. Carlucci in establishing this program which supports MPP students with internships in the field of security studies and provides the opportunity to meet notable national security leaders. Learn more about the Carlucci Fellowship.

The Sanford Family Fellowship honors student leaders with outstanding commitments to addressing public policy disparities affecting predominantly underserved communities. This prestigious fellowship covers full-tuition, fees, and includes a living stipend for both years. Domestic students from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply to our program. Students will be considered based on their academic credentials and demonstrated interest in focusing on challenges that underserved communities face in contemporary society.

The Helen F. "Sunny" Ladd Fellowship in Education Policy

The Ladd Fellowship is awarded to top applicants with a strong background and interest in education. The recipient will be awarded the full cost of tuition, along with a generous living stipend. In addition to the standard MPP application, applicants should prepare a brief statement of interest (2-page maximum) detailing your interest in the Ladd Fellowship and how it will benefit you, including previous education policy experience, key areas or topics of interest, and future professional goals and direction. This additional statement should be uploaded along with your MPP statement of purpose within the application. For your reference, find out more about professor Sunny Ladd.

The Carlucci Fellowship

The Carlucci Fellowship awards a $5,000 stipend to up to 5 students to be used in support of a summer internship in the area of security studies, as defined to include traditional defense and intelligence analysis, international security problems in general, and emerging issues such as the risks of peacekeeping, transnational crime, energy security, and cybersecurity. Carlucci Fellows interning in the D.C. metro area will attend a summer networking event hosted by the Carlucci family. As part of the internship experience, the Carlucci Fellow will write one blog post for the website and a two-page final report/letter that will be sent to the Carlucci family, documenting the internship experience, lessons-learned, and reflections on how the internship complements the student’s long-term career goals. The Carlucci Fellowship in Security Studies was established by the Honorable Frank C. Carlucci III, an America politician and diplomat who served as the United States Secretary of Defense on the administration of President Ronald Reagan. Carlucci Fellows are selected during the admissions process. For more information, contact professor David Schanzer.

Our Partners

Following is a list of our partner organizations:

If you have questions about fellowship benefits, please visit the appropriate partner website. Also check our financial aid web page to learn how we help qualified students pay for their graduate studies.