LIFE STEM Tutoring Grant Award

STEM Tutoring Support

Update: Please note the new process for providing STEM tutoring support. As of November 2022, the office will pay approved tutors directly. 

DukeLIFE Students may apply for support to alleviate the burdens associated with the cost of working individually with a tutor to support their achievement in STEM courses. A student’s one-on-one work with a tutor should complement, rather than replace, their use of resources available through the Academic Resource Center, such as SAGE study groups, group tutorials, and learning consultations. 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • DukeLIFE undergraduates who are actively enrolled in either Trinity or Pratt and who have demonstrated high financial need as indicated in their financial aid records. The DukeLIFE office notifies all students who meet the financial eligibility criteria each academic year via email.
  • Each student may receive support through the DukeLIFE STEM Tutoring Program once per academic year. 


1. Confirm that we have a tutor available in your subject. We currently have doctoral students available to tutor in the following subjects: math, physics, computer science, biomedical engineering, and chemistry. 
2. Complete and submit the application form. Provide all requested information about the course for which you are seeking the support of an individual tutor. We will prioritize applications for courses that are not currently being supported by the Academic Resource Center. 
3. Contact you tutor. After we approved your application, we will provide you with the name and contact information for your tutor. Reach out to them to schedule a time to meet. In your initial session, you should discuss your needs, your tutor’s expectations, and how you will work together during the semester. DukeLIFE will email both you and your tutor each month to confirm the number of hours you worked together.  We will pay your tutor directly. 
4. Complete the post-award survey. At the end of the semester, fill out the survey to report the impact of the grant on your course persistence and performance.