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. In addition to receiving proposals with an international/global focus, DUCIGS encourages submissions that focus on Africa and Asia (the Africa Initiative and the Global Asia Initiative will consider supporting such regional proposals) and themes of interest to the Asian American and Diaspora Studies Program (AADS). This year, we also invite students to submit proposals focusing on the role of science in diplomacy. Working Groups from previous academic years are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

Meetings should be 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 disciplinary points of view. DUCIGS provides funding for expenses related to meetings, such as readings, audio-visual materials etc. In addition, groups are eligible to request support for special programming during the academic year, such as for workshops, symposia, mini-conferences, and publications. DUCIGS expects to support 8 to 10 groups annually.

Global Graduate Working Groups
The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies is sponsoring the following working groups during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. See individual descriptions and coordinator contact information.
  • Africa and the Brain Drain Phenomenon
  • Community-Guided Outreach for Primate Conservation
  • Global Environmental Humanities
  • Indigenous and Local Knowledge in Sustainable Development
  • Informed Choices for Equitable Development (InChED)
  • Malagasy Language and Culture Working Group
  • Mental Health Across the Globe
  • Middle East Studies Graduate Seminar

If you are interested in learning more about the Graduate Working Groups on Global Issues or applying, please contact Rohini Thakkar.