Graduate Awards for Research and Training

The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies' Graduate Awards for Research and Training is pleased to provide graduate students with funding for work on international research topics, for attendance at specialized conferences, or for foreign language and methods training. Funding requests may include costs of international and in-country travel, living expenses, and directly related research materials. 

The 2022 Competition Deadline Has Passed.


Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a graduate program at Duke University during the academic year in which the award is used. The number of awards is subject to the availability of funds in the next fiscal year and range from $500 - $1,500 each. You are encouraged to apply for additional awards from Duke and other sources. Please note that your budget should include the total cost of the project and not just that portion requested from DUCIGS. 

Application Instructions

Please complete and submit the online application. Included in your application, you will submit: 

  • Project Statement (one- to two-page) indicating:

    • Title of the proposed project
    • Description of research, conference, or language/methods training
    • Specific information on research location, conference site, or training program
    • Research, conference, or training plans
    • Significance of proposed project for future research
  • Itemized Project Budget
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A Supporting Letter from a faculty member who is familiar with your work (submitted directly from faculty member via Qualtrics)
  • Confirmation of International Travel Registration ] for all international travel
  • Letter of invitation from organizing institution (optional), if applicable
  • IRB approval, if applicable

The committee reserves the right to request a letter evaluating the applicant’s foreign language proficiency.

Foreign Nationals: Be aware that your award will be assessed a 34% tax. A Form-1099 will be issued in January, which will enable you to file for its return at the start of the next calendar year.

Note about research involving human subjects: For graduate and professional school students whose proposed research involves human subjects, you should be aware that it is necessary for you to obtain approval of your research from the Institutional Review Board.  Please consult with the Office of Research Support about the policies concerning research with human subjects at Duke University.  Information can be found on the Office of Research Support website at

Note about Duke's COVID-19 Travel Policy: If you are awarded a Graduate Award that involves travel, it will be necessary for you to complete all requirements for approval of your international travel in accordance with the current Duke Global Travel Policy and COVID-19 Addendum, including via the Duke Travel Registry.  The approval process is not automatic and can take time, so you are encouraged to begin this process at the time of application for the research grant.  Do not wait until you receive an award notification.  No fellowship funds can be released until the necessary registry and approval requirements have been fulfilled.  This is a University rule.

Please consult with Global Administrative Travel Support at, if you are considering research-related travel and have any specific travel-related questions.