DURHAM — Duke University received a $7.5 million donation from the Duke Endowment to support graduate student fellowships, the university announced Tuesday.
The gift is the largest to Duke’s Graduate School, which has 2,500 Ph.D. students and 700 master’s degree students in 70 academic departments.
The donation includes $5 million to establish the an endowment to support doctoral students, with particular emphasis on students in underfunded areas such as the humanities and social sciences. The other $2.5 million will support a challenge fund to encourage other donors.
The donation is part of a seven-year, $3.25 billion fund-raising campaign at the university.
The Duke Endowment is a Charlotte-based philanthropy started in 1924 by James B. Duke, also a founder of the university. The foundation gives to child care, health care, higher education and rural churches in North Carolina and South Carolina.