LIFE Professional Attire Grant

LIFE Professional Attire Grant

Update: The funding for this grant has been exhausted due to increased demand. We are no longer accepting applications Spring 2023. We expect to reopen in the fall.  

DukeLIFE maintains a fund to help students alleviate the cost of purchasing professional attire for job/internship interviews and conference presentations.  Students may apply to receive up to $250 for clothing purchases for a job/internship interview or conference presentation. Awards will be made until funds are exhausted. 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • DukeLIFE undergraduates actively enrolled in Trinity or Pratt who have demonstrated high financial need as indicated in their need-based financial aid record. The DukeLIFE office notifies all students who meet the financial eligibility criteria each academic year via email. Check your email for receipt of this communication to confirm your eligibility prior to applying. Students may write to to inquire about their eligibility. 
  • Students will not receive funding for past purchases. 
  • Students may be awarded once during their time at Duke. 
  • Students who have received professional attire funding from the Career Center are not eligible for this grant. 


  1. Please provide all requested information on the application. Applications are reviewed according to the calendar below. 
  2. Set up direct deposit. Approved students will receive a grant of $250, payable through the non-compensatory system. Please set up direct deposit in DukeHub. Log into Duke Hub and locate the menu on the left hand side of the page. Click “Financials.” Scroll down and select “Direct deposit for refunds.” Complete the form and hit submit You will need your bank routing information and bank account number to complete the form. 
  3. Request alternative arrangements, if necessary. Students who are undocumented and are unable to receive funding through the non-compensatory system may email Dr. Sachelle Ford (, director of DukeLIFE, to request alternative arrangements.