Fellowship for Study in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences

Funding Agency:
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann. Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian Statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

Duke University may submit 3 applications, so an internal competition will be held to select those who may submit full applications to DZL.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: November 27, 2019
  • External Deadline: January 21, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The program of study being pursued by the candidate need not be limited to Armenian studies; it may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training). The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record. 
  • The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.  (The final application to DLZ will include financial aid and tax records.)
  • The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • The candidate may be of any national descent or background. 



Amount Description

Fellowships cover the cost of tuition and provide an annual $18,000 stipend for living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.

Funding Type


Duke Awardees

2014-2015 Karina Robson - Divinity
2014-2015 Mark Hallen - Computer Science

Maria Edith Doerfler - Divinity

Timothy Lang - Divinity


Grad/Prof Students


Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • A Statement of Purpose up to three pages long (double spaced) which considers the relationship between your graduate level study and your intended personal and/or professional goals.  Your Statement of Purpose must include a 10-15 line abstract at the top (included in the three pages) that explains, in LAYMAN’S terms, the essence of your proposed topic of study or dissertation, the methodology of its treatment and its anticipated impact on your field of study.
  • A copy of your undergraduate transcript(s). For the internal competition, this does not have to be an official/certified copy.
  • CV or résumé
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a professor who has taught or worked closely with you. (Professors may send these letters directly to Paul Noe if they are to be confidential.)
  • A letter from your faculty advisor confirming your need for financial assistance. (If your faculty advisor is the person writing your LoR, then confirmation of your need for financial assistance may be included in that letter.) If you are selected as a nominee, you will need to provide DZL Foundation with tax records and additional information so that they can determine your "level of need."

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  http://www.grantinterface.com/sl/777cL8

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal


Internal Deadline

November 27, 2019

External Deadline

January 21, 2020