Financial Assistance

Duke Law School has very limited financial assistance to offer international students. A small amount of scholarship assistance based on merit is awarded to a small number of outstanding applicants. Very qualified applicants should submit with their application a letter requesting scholarship consideration and explaining the basis for merit consideration.

Applicants are encouraged to seek scholarship information from the American consulate about available scholarships granted by the U.S. government and other sources. They should also seek information about scholarships in their home countries. A substantial number of Duke LLM students have been recipients of scholarships granted by the Fulbright Program, DAAD, the Rotary Foundation, the World Bank, and a variety of national, state, corporate, university, and law firm sponsors. Applicants should also use the web to search for other potential sources of funding. Please see Possible Funding Resources for International Students for suggestions. Some students are able to obtain students loans if they are able to present a U.S. citizen to co-sign the loan.

Duke Law School will be glad to provide any documentation necessary for sponsors and should be informed about any scholarship awards. Please let us know if sponsors request an early admission decision. In special cases, early decisions can be provided.

Once admission is offered and accepted, proof of financial support is necessary before the visa process can be started. The amount required for the 2011-12 academic year for a single student is USD $70,000. Accompanying family members will require additional funding. Once a student has matriculated, no scholarship assistance can be awarded. Some international students identify positions at the Law School as library or faculty assistants, but the remuneration is not substantial. Enrolled students may work at the University for no more than 20 hours a week. Students may not seek employment outside the University during the academic year.


Duke Law School does grant some tuition scholarships to outstanding applicants. Scholarship awards will depend on the applicant's potential for academic excellence and previous scholarly and professional performance. Scholarship applicants should submit with their LLM application a separate document with the following information: (1) a detailed summary of academic achievements and any honors, (2) a description of professional experience and special accomplishments, (3) possible contributions to the Law School community; and (4) names of any additional references who might comment on the applicant.

Scholarships will be announced within a reasonable amount of time after admission decisions are given.

Possible Funding Resources for International Students

Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation grants scholarships for students from Greece.

American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) program for students from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program "micro-grants" for students in Human Rights area

Australian Federation of University Women Scholarships & Fellowships

Becas Chile grants scholarships for Chilean students.

Baltic America Freedom Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program: provides $25,000 year to Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians who wish to pursue postgraduate studies in the U.S.

Canadian Federation of University Women program for Canadian students.

COLFUTURO scholarship program oriented to students from Colombia.

College Women's Association of Japan graduate scholarship for japanese women.

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia, for Mexican citizens

Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior - Scholarship program for students from Brazil.

DAAD Scholarships for German Citizens

Denmark-America Foundation & the Fulbright Commission offer grants and advising for Danes and Americans.

Department of Human Development, Education and Culture of the Organization of American States Scholarships and Loans (available only to OAS citizens and residents)
Interest Free Loans:

Edmund S. Muskie and Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Programs

Égide manages international exchange programmes for French students and interns on courses abroad.

Finlandia Foundation National administrates grants and scholarships to celebrate, support and strengthen Finnish heritage and Finnish-American culture and traditions.

Fulbright Grant

Fulbright Grants for Israeli Doctoral Students

Fulbright Grants for Students from Turkey

Fulbright Institute of International Education grants Fulbright Foreign Student Program that enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to conduct research and study in the United States.

Fulbright Program for Students from the Middle East and North Africa

Fulbright Scholarship for Belgian citizens.

Fulbright Scholarship for Japanese citizens

Fulbright scholarships for German students

Golden Key National Honor Society Member Scholarships

Haniel Foundation

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for students from certain countries based on their potential for leadership and a demonstrated commitment to public service

International Federation of University Women (Scholarships for women from Australia, France, Great Britain, India, Israel, Japan, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and USA)

Iranian American Bar Association Law School Scholarship for students of Iranian heritage

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund (IASF) provides scholarships to full-time students of Iranian heritage attending undergraduate and graduate schools in the United States Citizens of Iran.

Japanese Association of University Women - then click on English and scroll down to Fellowship description

J.N. Tata Endowment scholarship for Indian students.

Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowships & Grants for Polish Citizens

Mackenzie King Scholarships for Canadians

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Programme, awards scholarships to Indian students with a consistently good academic record.

National Institute of Justice (only for Doctorate Degrees).

National University of Ireland, for Irish students. Contact Professor Chris Curtin, Head of the School of Political Science & Sociology.

Norway-America Association program for students from Norway.

Organization of American States (OAS) Scholarships and Loans

Organization of Istanbul Armenians Scholarship

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women

Resources for the Future

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

Scholarship Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships provide the opportunity to Indian students to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills.

Turkish Educational Foundation Foreign scholarships for Graduate Studies for students from Turkey.

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World Bank Scholarships Program

Possible Funding Resources for U.S. Students and Permanent Residents

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans