Ways to Give


The University of Delaware is uniquely poised to make even greater strides in shaping and influencing graduate education. With your help, we’re ready to deliver on that potential.

Over the next 10 years, UD will need to transform its graduate and professional education by:

  • Expanding faculty, with an emphasis on research-related innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Increasing graduate enrollment to 7,000, including 1,000 additional doctoral students
  • Offering exceptional educational opportunities and career preparation for doctoral students

Learn more about the different opportunities to support these goals below.

Give Directly to the Graduate College

Paving the way for future leaders speaks to the hearts of Blue Hens everywhere.

There are a number of diverse funding opportunities for donors to follow their interests.

  • Donors can help supplement college-funded stipends ($24,500 for nine months starting Fall 2024) with “top-off” awards that would help the University recognize and retain current students. This is an attractive opportunity to combine donor gifts with college funds to reinforce the impact of UD’s current investments.

    The Need: $6,000 to $11,000 per year, per student.

  • With philanthropic support, graduate students can use the summer months to complete research, dissertations—and their degrees—more quickly. Stipends enable them to focus on their research, rather than on teaching or on finding work off campus in the summer.

    The Need: $4,500 to $5,000 per year, per student.

  • Earning credibility for quality research often requires graduate students to travel, participate in professional conferences and pursue off-campus internships in order to distinguish themselves professionally and establish networks of professional contacts. Donor support allows more students to take advantage of more opportunities, regardless of their financial situations.

    The Need: $1,500 to $5,000 per year, per student.

  • Highly sought-after professorship or chair candidates are attracted to positions with guaranteed graduate student funds for stipends, research and professional development. Donor support of professorship or fellowship packages increases UD’s ability to recruit the very best faculty and graduate students.

    The Need: $27,000 stipend per graduate student each year, plus $5,000 professional development stipend per student.

Give to the Graduate College Opportunity Fund

The Graduate College Opportunity Fellows Fund will help diversify graduate education by providing tuition and stipend support for graduate students who are from underrepresented groups, parents with children ages seven and younger, veterans or first-generation students.

Philanthropic support for the Opportunity Fellows Fund will help diversify graduate education by providing tuition and stipend support for graduate students who are students from underrepresented groups, parents with children ages seven and younger, veterans or first-generation students.

With academic, research and internship commitments, graduate students have little time for paid employment to cover childcare, cost of living or other expenses. By providing tuition and stipend support, fellowship recipients can focus on their advanced degrees with less financial burden.

The cost for providing support for one graduate student a year is $29,333. We invite you to make a gift to the Opportunity Fellows Fund to help us reach our goal of supporting 25 students a year.

Give to the Graduate Student Community Support Fund

The University of Delaware Graduate College dedicates itself to the needs and aspirations of our graduate students and postdocs. We advocate for our graduate students’ and postdocs' success and well-being in all parts of their lives on and off campus, so we welcome your support for our 75+ graduate student organizations (GSOs).

This initiative is a first-of-its-kind fundraising project to benefit graduate student organizations, which impact the success and well-being of UD graduate students and postdocs. We sincerely appreciate the support of UD alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty and staff!


The Graduate College's Interdisciplinary Frontier Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows Program creates opportunities for transformative interdisciplinary research and discovery that existing mechanisms cannot readily support. Projects funded by the program leverage graduate students and postdocs as the "glue" between departments to encourage collaboration and explore ideas they would normally not have the time or resources for. By chartering unknown territory, these explorations lay the groundwork and pave the way for developing larger, externally funded projects.

Imagine a world where we can feed the world while protecting the planet. When the disciplines of civil and environmental engineering, earth sciences, and plant and soil sciences coalesce, we may not have to imagine this world. With your support, a world where these and other seemingly incongruous domains unite can be a reality.

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