Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues

The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) invites proposals for Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues at the start of each academic year. DUCIGS provides funding for expenses related to meetings - including food, readings and audio-visual materials. Further, groups are eligible to request additional support for special events during the academic year, such as workshops, symposia and mini-conferences.

Within this program are thematic graduate working groups that are both interdisciplinary in their membership and student-driven in their design. Meetings are held at least four times each semester, during which students are encouraged to share their individual perspectives on issues of a global nature. Often selected readings are discussed, and students have the opportunity to share their own research with the group in order to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.

The 2017-18 COMPETITION IS CLOSED. Please check back in late Summer 2018 for information on applying to the Graduate Working Groups competition in the 2018-2019 academic year.

View the application and more information.


Working Group coordinators organizational meeting, September 2016
Organizational meeting of the Working Group coordinators, September 2016
Duke University Center for International & Global Studies sponsored the following working groups during the 2017-2018 Academic Year. In addition, Duke India Initiative (DII)(*) and Africa Initiative (AI)(**) co-sponsored two groups each.
Individual descriptions and coordinator contact information are: here.
  • Challenges in International Development
  • Community Participation & Social Networks in India*
  • Electricity in Latin America & the Caribbean (ELAC)
  • Entrepreneurship & Preventive Medicine in Global Health
  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence in the Real World*
  • Exploring Traditional Medicine in Africa (DAGPSA)**
  • Global Environmental Health & Energy (GEHE)
  • Graduates Engineering & Researching Microbiomes (GERM)
  • Humor & Politics
  • Informed Choices for Equitable Development
  • Money, Finance and Culture
  • Neurosurgery in East Africa**
  • Ocean Policy
  • Slavery, War and Gender