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 closed. 

Global Graduate Working Groups
Duke University Center for International & Global Studies are sponsoring the following working groups during the 2018-2019 Academic Year. In addition, Global Asia Initiative (GAI)(*) and Africa Initiative (AI)(**) are co-sponsoring two groups each.
See individual descriptions and coordinator contact information.
  • Challenges in International Development
  • Forest Elephant**
  • Graduates Engineering & Researching Microbiomes (GERM)
  • Global Environmental Health & Energy
  • Identity, Subjectivity & Urban Imagination in East Asia*
  • Informed Choices for Equitable Development
  • Land Conflicts & Reforms in Africa: Past, Present & Future (DAGPSA)**
  • Marxism: History, Theory & Practice
  • (The) Moving Aesthetics of Empire
  • Ocean Policy
  • Slavery, War and Gender
  • State & Economic Development in Asia*