Graduate Awards for Working Groups 2017-18 Call for Proposals

The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) invites proposals for interdisciplinary, student-driven working groups with a global focus. We expect students to form a working group that will meet at least 3 times per semester. DUCIGS will provide up to $1,000 per working group for expenses related to meetings; additional funds may be requested for reading & audio-visual materials, mini-conferences, seminars, symposia, workshops, etc. DUCIGS expects to support 8 to 10 groups annually.

We encourage the formation of working groups from different disciplines on a wide range of topics related to a global theme. Examples of past working groups include: Global Environmental Health & Energy; Informed Choices for Equitable Development; Humor & Politics; Entrepreneurship & Preventive Medicine in Global Health; Slavery, War & Gender; Ocean Policy; Electricity in Latin America & the Caribbean; and Money, Finance & Culture.

We are pleased to announce that Africa Initiative and Duke India Initiative have agreed to provide additional sources of funding to support working groups interested in working on themes related to Africa and India. Please note that DUCIGS working groups from the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to re­apply for funding.

To apply, please complete the online Graduate Awards for Working Groups on Global Issues Application Form below by: Fall 2018 [Date to be announced]. Awards will be announced shortly thereafter. For any questions related to these working groups or the application process, please contact:

Nancy Hare Robbins
Duke University Center for International and Global Studies 
2204 Erwin Road, Box 90404 
Duke University 
Durham, NC 27705-0404 
P: 919.684.6454

Globally focused issue or theme

Please attach a one-page statement - in "pdf." format only, please - which includes the following information:

  • Synopsis of the purpose of the working group.
  • How you envision your meetings to be run and how often (provide as much detail as possible).
  • Disciplines and/or schools that will comprise your working group (at least two). 
  • The names/departments of those students planning to participate in the working group, if available. 
  • The name and email address of one contact person for your group.
  • If you are interested in being considered for funding from either the Africa or the India Initiative, please include this in your application.
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