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, such as food, readings and audio-visual materials. Groups are eligible to request additional support for special programming during the academic year, including workshops, symposia, mini-conferences, and publications.

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 topics of a global nature. Often, selected readings are discussed, and students have the opportunity to present their own research to the group in order to receive feedback from a variety of disciplines.

The 2018-2019 COMPETITION IS STILL OPEN!   

The Deadline for submission has been extended to Monday, September 24th, 2018 due to recent inclement weather.

Applications previously received for this competition can be re-submitted if desired, in the name of fairness. 

**Additional information & the application**
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