Graduate Awards for Research and Training

The 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. 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 January, which will enable you to file for its return at the start of the next calendar year.

Please note that as of October 27, 2020, the COVID-19 Travel Suspension was extended and will remain in effect until April 21, 2021.  For updated information, visit Duke's Global Travel Policy.

2021 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 15, 2021


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.


Please complete and submit the online COVER SHEET. In addition, your Application Package must include the documents below and submitted separately to Amanda Frederick as a single PDF compiled in the following order:

  • 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 Narrative
  • CV and Graduate Transcript(s)
  • Confirmation of International Travel Registration ]
  • Letter of support from an overseas host institution (optional)
  • A Supporting Letter from your dissertation committee chair, DGS, faculty advisor, or other faculty member familiar with your academic work should be sent directly as email attachment to Amanda Frederick

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

Your complete application package - Cover Sheet and supplementary documentation PDF - must be received by the campus deadline - NO exceptions.

Send to: Amanda Frederick

Download the application COVER SHEET.

2021 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 15, 2021

For additional information, contact Amanda Frederick.