Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

BMF Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Duke Leadership Program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Fuqua is pleased to offer a fellowship for members of the Black Management Forum for the October 2015 program. In order to participate in this program, you will be required to be in Durham, NC, USA, from October 11-16, 2015.

This fellowship covers tuition, instructional materials, accommodations, all meals and supplemental activities. Fellowship winners will be responsible for half of the roundtrip airfare.

The BMF Fellowship application must be completed and submitted electronically with all the required elements below. You do not have to complete the online application for the Duke MBA or the December 7-12, 2014 session of the Duke Leadership Program. Applications should be placed into an electronic file and emailed to Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba. For details on the process for submitting recommendation letters, please see the appropriate section below.

You must electronically submit a 1-page business resume. The resume should contain your education and employment background with a detailed description of your job responsibilites and management experience. The employment section should also include locations, titles, and dates, starting with your most recent job. The education section should include dates of attendance and degrees received.

Required Essay

The Duke Leadership Program (DLP) is designed to help business professionals reach their leadership potential. This unique program offers a comprehensive approach to leadership and draws on research from many fields, including organizational behavior, sociology, psychology, and political science. DLP will provide insight into your personal leadership style and a framework to develop it in an intense and supportive environment.

Share with us what makes you a dynamic leader by answering the following questions. The essay should be no more than one page in length.

  1. Describe a work situation or challenge in which you demonstrated effective leadership and discuss the outcome.
  2. Describe your vision for your career and how DLP will help you reach your goals.
  3. What would you like to bring back (skills and knowledge) to your company and country?


    We require one letter of recommendation from your immediate supervisor.

    Please ask your supervisor to submit a short essay, no more than one half page in length, that answers the following questions.

    1. Describe your relationship with the applicant and the applicant's current position.
    2. Why do you want the applicant to attend DLP and do you support his/her attendance in the program?
    3. What would he/she gain from the experience?

    The recommender should send the letters directly to Busie Mhlanga-Mjimba. The subject line should have "DLP Fellowship [Last Name]" with your family name inserted for [Last Name]. Please note that an application is not considered complete until we have received the recommendation.


    A subset of applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview by phone. An interview is not required in the initial stage of the application.

    Please note that neither the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or an official transcript is part of the application.