Scholarship and Financial Aid 

With a highly integrated, interdisciplinary undergraduate curriculum that builds on the core concepts and philosophy that define 21st-century liberal arts and sciences education, Duke Kunshan University is bringing a unique model of global higher education to China. As an education innovator, Duke Kunshan University understands the importance of attracting the right students. The fall 2019 cohort will be our second group of undergraduate students – a group that will be special not only in terms of its global diversity but also in terms of its contribution to the future development and success of the overall academic program. We are focused on finding students that exhibit the key qualities on which this school is founded; namely, the ability to think critically, creatively, and globally. Our primary mission, after all, is to provide the highest quality undergraduate education and student experience, thus enabling our students from around the world to lead purposeful, productive, and meaningful lives. To attract the highest caliber students, we are offering generous scholarship and financial aid packages to ensure that top-tier candidates from around the world will get the opportunity to study with us. Many of our enrolled undergraduate students will receive scholarship and financial aid support. Scholarships are awarded for the entirety of the 4-year program, on the condition that all academic requirements are met. The highest amount awarded will provide funds to cover a full-tuition scholarship for the duration of the 4-year program.

Need-Based Financial Aid

Need-based financial aid is reserved for students with strong academic records, yet with a proven lack of financial resources to cover tuition payments. We are seeking a globally diverse cohort of students and encourage all academically qualified students to apply, irrespective of their family financial situation. Interested applicants will need to provide documentation to prove that their current financial situation is a direct barrier to affording Duke Kunshan’s tuition fees. When applying to Duke Kunshan via the Common Application website, applicants must indicate a “yes” in the financial aid interest box in order to be considered for need-based financial aid. All applicants from outside the Chinese mainland must submit the CSS Profile online by February 5, 2019. The CSS code for Duke Kunshan University is 7059.

Merit-Based Scholarships

Duke Kunshan University offers a number of merit-based scholarships. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for all available merit scholarships. Separate applications are not required. In addition to the University’s central scholarship fund, the leadership of Duke Kunshan University is dedicated to finding new sources of scholarship funding to support undergraduate students. Below is a list of current merit-based scholarships for 2019:

  • Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship

    The Duke Kunshan entrance scholarship was created to fund first-time university students entering a full-time undergraduate degree program.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Kunshan Government Scholarship

    The city of Kunshan will fund 10 International students and 10 Chinese students for Duke Kunshan’s second cohort of undergraduate students.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Bond Scholarship

    This scholarship, awarded by Bond Education, will fund top students with outstanding records in leadership, service, and academics.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • The Richard H. Brodhead Global Scholars

    Initiated by the inaugural Advisory Board of Duke Kunshan University in recognition of Duke’s 13th President, The Richard H. Brodhead Global Scholars will be selected from among the very best Chinese and international applicants. The scholarship fund will allow students with exceptional academic talent, demonstrated character, and leadership ability to “take the leap” with confidence, to join and help shape this young university.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Ying Hui Scholarship

    Established in honor of the ancient Chinese tradition of benevolence and care for others, the Ying Hui scholarship is awarded to incoming undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to the principles of community service and social progress.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Fubon Scholarship

    The Fubon scholarship was created by Fubon Group to inspire and support students from Taiwan Province and international students to attend Duke Kunshan’s undergraduate program, regardless of family means.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    Taiwan Province students and international students.

  • Shu Ren Scholarship

    Shu Ren (meaning “nurturing the talent” in Chinese) Scholarship was created to support the early growth of the undergraduate degree program at Duke Kunshan University, contributing to the Duke Kunshan vision of creating a new type of globally aware, intellectually agile, ethical leader while also helping transform Chinese higher education.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Green Future Fund

    The Green Future Fund was created through the generous philanthropy of Ms. Ma Lin in contributing to a sustainable future in China and beyond. The fund will provide dedicated support to outstanding undergraduate students at Duke Kunshan who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the protection of China’s environment and related sustainability causes.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    Undergraduate students with environment-related majors.

  • Hong Scholarship

    The Hong Scholarship is open to students who have declared a major in humanities and demonstrate a strong need for financial aid. The recipients are encouraged to shape their lives in a way that is rich with meaning as they examine and recognize the full range of human values and potential.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    Undergraduate students majoring in humanities demonstrating a strong need for financial aid.

  • Fang Family Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by the Fang Family with the intention to help remove financial obstacles, enabling top high school graduates from greater China and other regions to choose Duke Kunshan over other prestigious institutions.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Zhi Yuan Scholarship

    Named after the Chinese proverb “Ning Jing Zhi Yuan” (meaning “tranquility yields transcendence” in Chinese), the scholarship is offered to students who are determined to increase their depth of knowledge and experience and to confront complicated and rapidly changing social realities.

    Amount

    Full or partial scholarship for the undergraduate program. This scholarship covers tuition only.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.

  • Chancellors’ Scholarship

    Initiated by Mary Bullock in 2015 upon her retirement, the scholarship is named “Chancellors’ Scholarship” in honor of Duke Kunshan’s inaugural Chancellor Liu Jingnan and inaugural Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Bullock, and their vision that Duke Kunshan University will become a leading international university. It is considered the highest honor for incoming Duke Kunshan students. The scholarship will be awarded to one international student and one Chinese student in the undergraduate program each year.

    Amount

    Each Chancellors’ Scholarship recipient will be awarded $5,000. This award can be held concurrently with any other scholarships.

    Eligibility

    All students who are applying to the undergraduate program will be considered.