Graduate Awards for Research and Training

Duke University Center for International & Global Studies' Graduate Awards for Research and Training provide graduate students working on international research topics with funding for travel to archival and research sites inside and outside the continental United States; for attendance at specialized conferences; or for foreign language and methods training. Awards range from $750 to $1,500. Funding requests may include costs of international and in-country travel, living expenses, and directly related research materials.

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

2020 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 17, 2020


Applicants must be enrolled fulltime in a graduate program at Duke University during the academic year in which the award is used. The number of awards is subject to availability of funds in the next fiscal year and range from $750 - $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. The total award from all sources may not exceed the total amount indicated in your proposed budget.


Your completed application package must be submitted in the following order as a single PDF, with the exception of the letter of support, which should be sent directly to DUCIGS by your referee. Required documents:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Project Statement (one- to two-page, single-spaced) indicating:
    • Title of 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
  • Bibliography (maximum two pages): Not required for "Conferences" or "Language/Methods Training"
  • Detailed Budget, accompanied by a one-page budget narrative.
  • CV and Graduate Transcript(s)
  • Confirmation of International Travel Registration ]
  • Letter of support from an overseas host institution (optional)
  • Supporting Letter from your dissertation committee chair, faculty advisor, DGS, or other faculty member familiar with your academic work. NOTE: Your letter of reference should be sent directly via email attachment to Nancy Hare Robbins

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

A single complete application package (PDF) must be received by the campus deadline - NO exceptions.

Send to: Nancy Hare Robbins

Download the application Cover Sheet.

2020 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 17, 2020

For additional information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins at (919) 684-6454