Last week, Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth announced that 12 month funding will be extended to all doctoral students at Duke who are in their five-year guaranteed funding period. Currently, only better endowed departments provide 12-month funding. As a result, nine-month stipend students often struggle more with finances.
This change will become effective in Fall 2022. In fairness, however, Duke does provide full health insurance to its doctoral students. Additionally, it includes childcare subsidies and stipend extensions after the birth or adoption of a child.
Kornbluth stated, “Our Ph.D. students make vital contributions to Duke as well as to their disciplines. This represents Duke’s strong commitment to graduate education. It will ensure that Duke can continue to compete for the best students and provide the most fulfilling educational experience. These decisions will be made in close collaboration with faculty across the university.”