Faculty Opportunities

Duke Africa Initiative Faculty Opportunities

'Africa in Circum-Atlantic Perspective: Feminist Performance Routes,' April 2016.
Photo courtesy of Dasha Chapman.

Each year, the Steering Committee of the Africa Initiative provides funding for small projects or working groups for the coming academic year. These grants have traditionally been in the range of $2,000 - $6,000 and are awarded to Duke faculty working in arts and humanities, environmental and life sciences,  physical sciences, engineering, social sciences or multidisciplinary areas. 

2019-2020 Call for Proposals

The Steering Committee of the Africa Initiative wishes to announce a call for applications to fund small projects or working groups in the fall of 2019. We envision supporting up to five projects that meet the following criteria:

  • We are interested in generating networks and synergies among scholars with common interests at Duke, and therefore we will only be funding projects that take place on Duke's campus, not those in Africa itself.
  • Projects should be collaborative and cross-disciplinary in nature, perhaps organized around a common theme (water, technology transfer, China-Africa) or as a way to develop new relationships across schools.
  • They may take the shape of a speaker series, a mini-conference, or a reading group, among other interdisciplinary/collaborative formats. If the proposal focuses in these areas, at least a portion of these activities should be open to all members of the Duke community.
  • All applications must be submitted by a Duke Faculty member, and all Duke Faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Special consideration will be given to those proposals that use a vertically integrated model that includes undergraduate and graduate students in the proposed project and/or working group.
  • We anticipate making awards in the $3,000-5,000 range.

Deadline: July 15, 2019

Disciplinary Category: Arts & Humanities; Environmental & Life Sciences; Multidisciplinary; Physical Sciences & Engineering; Social Sciences. Applications should be no longer than 3 pages, and include the following:

  • A description of the proposed activity.
  • The anticipated participants in this activity, especially noting its cross-disciplinary elements.
  • Outcomes from the activity, and the potential next steps for further development, including potential for further funding.
  • Please attach a short (1-page) CV of the lead faculty member.
  • Funding requests should be sent to Meredith Watkins (mw390@duke.edu) no later than July 15, 2019

For the 2018-19 academic year, the Africa Initiative funded the following projects: 

  • Sustainable Development, Energy Access, and Entrepreneurship - Marc Jeuland, Sanford School of Public Policy & Duke Global Health Institute
  • Research Africa - Mbaye Lo, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Building the African City: Infrastructure and Mobility in the African Past and Present - Kathryn Mathers and Sam Daly, International Comparative Studies & African and African American Studies
  • The Value of Love: Global Perspectives on the Economy of Care - Jocelyn Olcott, History
  • Language Matters II: African Resettlement in Durham, NC - Deb Reisinger, Romance Studies
  • Cornered - Raquel Salvatella de Prada, Art, Art History and Visual Studies
  • Health and Economic Growth: Stories from Africa - Gavin Yamey, Duke Global Health Institute