Karsh International Scholarship at Duke University

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Location (s):

  • United States of America
Durham, NC


The Karsh Inernational Scholarship was created to bring together top students from all over the world. Karsh scholars literally embody the ideas of “global citizenship” and boundary-crossing.


Karsh International Scholars are selected from the pool of international applicants to Duke who are qualified for financial aid. That pool of applicants is growing every year, thanks in large part to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Karsh, whose commitment to the marvels of a Duke education and to supporting students from all reaches of the globe is beyond compare.

Karsh International Scholarships cover tuition, room and board, mandatory fees, and demonstrated need that exceeds those costs. In addition the scholarship covers up to $7000 of funding for research/service opportunities during the three summers prior to graduation. Karsh Scholars may also apply for support for necessities, such as computers.

The faculty director of the program and OUSF-affiliated colleagues will select a pool of finalists based on their academic and leadership potential in their chosen field. Finalists will be interviewed by Skype (or phone) in late March, and recipients of the award will be notified shortly thereafter.

How can I be considered for the Duke Merit Scholarship?


Every applicant to Duke University is considered for 8 out of the 9 merit scholarships offered at Duke University. All students who apply and are accepted for undergraduate admission to Duke University are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Merit scholarships are available for both domestic and international students. Robertson Scholars must apply through a separate application process. Please visit https://robertsonscholars.org for more details.

How will I know if I have been selected for a Duke Merit Scholarship?

Finalists are selected based on the individual criteria for each scholarship. Finalists for the Alumni, A.B. Duke, B.N. Duke, Reginaldo Howard, Robertson, University, and Trinity scholarships will be invited to participate in a four-day campus visit at the end of March that will include an interview and opportunities to meet with faculty and current scholars. Those selected as finalists will be notified early March by email. Other scholarships may include a phone or Skype interview as part of the finalist process.

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International undergraduate applicants to Duke who have demonstrated need will be considered for the Karsh Scholarship.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Financial Support

The Karsh International Scholars Program provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees to Duke University. Scholars also have access to generous funding for domestic and international summer experiences, including opportunities for independent research both in the summer and during the academic year.  

Academic Community

In addition to monetary support, Karsh International Scholars will have a cohort of students from all over the world, a faculty advisor, a graduate student mentor, and additional mentoring support from the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows. All Karsh International Scholars will be part of an intellectual community that engages in global dialogue and highlights the presence of international students on the Duke campus. During the regular school year, Karsh International Scholars will engage with faculty mentors, program coordinators, guest speakers, and have the occasional field trip.

All first-year scholars in a first-year seminar series across scholarships engage with each other as scholars, learn from scholars on and off campus, and engage with the greater Durham community.

Enrichment Experiences

After completion of the first year, Karsh Scholars may apply for funds to support a variety of educational enrichment activities: from working at a laboratory at Duke University or elsewhere, to pursuing an internship in the private or government sector, to engaging in service work or independent research. With the help of the Karsh faculty director, the graduate assistant, and faculty mentors or advisors, Karsh International Scholars will be supported in thinking creatively and planning wisely for these enrichment opportunities.

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