Apply for a Higher Education Grant

Apply for a Higher Education Grant

The Duke Endowment has redesigned the grant application process to be more streamlined and intuitive. We believe this new process will strengthen our work together in the future.

Application Deadline

Staff in the Higher Education program area works with the Endowment’s four eligible institutions to determine when grant requests may be submitted. Typically the Endowment's Trustees consider new requests from these schools two to three times per year.

Eligibility for Higher Education Grants

The Duke Endowment’s grantmaking in Higher Education is limited to:

  • Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina
  • Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina

To apply for a grant, please contact your institution’s grant administration office.  The Endowment works through specific contacts in that office to develop projects that align with our areas of work.

We do not award grants to individuals, including graduate students and individual researchers.

Areas of Work and Funding Priorities

In Higher Education, we focus our work in three main areas:

Academic Excellence

We fund efforts to recruit and retain faculty, improvements to the quality and capacity of campus infrastructure, as well as innovative programs and curricular enhancements.

An example of our work focused on Academic Excellence is Recruiting and Retaining Faculty.

Search our current Academic Excellence grantees.

Educational Access and Success

We fund scholarships, financial aid support, and initiatives to support student retention and graduation.

An example of our work focused on Educational Access and Success is Providing Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Search our current Educational Access and Success grantees.

Community and Campus Engagement

We fund programs that increase campus awareness of and response to social issues, as well as certain collaborative efforts across the four schools that impact campus and community.

An example of our work focused Community and Campus Engagement is Fostering Community-Campus Partnerships.

Search our current Community and Campus Engagement grantees.




Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities