A merit-based full scholarship for international students at Duke University

The Karsh International Scholarship was created to bring together top students from all over the world. Our current cohort of Karsh International Scholars includes students from Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Romania, Ecuador, Spain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, New Zealand, and Nepal. Their academic ambitions and fields of study at Duke are as various as their homelands. 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.

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

In addition to merit, a few of our scholarships also require demonstration of financial need. Please provide the Financial Aid office with all necessary documentation, no later than the first week in March, to optimize consideration for scholarship awards.

Please see our Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ) page. If you have further questions, contact the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows.

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*International students may also qualify to have their need met by other Duke University scholarship programs.