Financial Awards

MIDP offers merit-based financial awards in the form of partial tuition scholarships to the strongest applicants. MIDP is unable to offer full scholarships or assistance with fees or living stipends.

Special Scholarship Programs

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. The Coverdell Fellows Program offers scholarships in exchange for community service to qualified returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) who have completed two years of service. RPCVs accepted under this program are required to perform community service internships during the academic year. The current academic year scholarship award for Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows is a 50 percent tuition waiver scholarship.

Rotary Peace Fellowship. One of only five such centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution in the world, The Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center is funded by a grant from the Rotary Foundation. The center’s mission is to promote peace through a holistic approach by combining conflict resolution methods, peace building and conflict prevention with an emphasis on more sustainable economic, political and human development. Each year, up to five fellows enroll at Duke in the Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) program and up to five fellows enroll at UNC in one of several master’s degree programs in the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, economics, education, political science, sociology, city and regional planning) or public health. Each year, MIDP hosts up to five recipients of the Rotary Peace Fellowship, a scholarship which provides full tuition, fees, and a living stipend to awardees. Students must first be selected to receive a Rotary fellowship, and then apply for admission to the MIDP. For more information, visit

Eva Staton Scholarship for Latin American and Caribbean Students is a scholarship endowment for professional students in the MIDP. It provides partial scholarships to incoming MIDP students interested in sustainable development and public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean. All applicants who are citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean are considered. Note: availability of funds under this fellowship varies from year to year.

Magdalena Yesil Fellowship. The Magdalena Yesil Fellowship Fund is a scholarship endowment for professional students in the Sanford School of Public Policy. It provides full or partial fellowships to incoming MIDP or MPP students from Armenia and/or the surrounding region who are interested in sustainable development, nation-building, or conflict resolution in Armenia or the surrounding region. To apply for this fellowship, applicants must upload a separate statement describing their interest in Armenia or the surrounding region and their professional goals. Note: availability of funds under this fellowship varies from year to year.

Global Service Fellowship. The MIDP Program offers one Global Volunteer Fellowship GSF every year to an admitted fellow who has completed at least one year of service outside his or her country of origin or within a marginalized community within their home country. The GSF is competitive and consists of a tuition scholarship (25 percent of tuition costs). The award is in recognition of service done with an organization engaged in the broad field of international development. Such organizations may include faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, corporate volunteer programs, government volunteer programs (e.g. World Friends Korea, Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), or the United Nations volunteer program).