Graduate Awards for Research and Training

Duke University Center for International & Global Studies' Graduate Awards for Research & 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.

IMPORTANT:  WE HAVE CREATED A WRITEABLE APPLICATION, WHICH YOU arE REQUIRED TO USE FOR THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION. in addition, you are required to submit your entire application package as a single .pdf document, as noted below. This includes all supporting documentation except your letter of support, which must be sent directly to DUCIGS from the referee.

2019 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 18, 2019


Applicants must be enrolled full time in a graduate or professional school program at Duke University during the academic year in which the award is used. Please note that while students seeking support for dissertation research are encouraged to apply, funding is not meant to replace external funding. Dissertation students are strongly encouraged to apply for external support. The number of awards is subject to availability of funds in the next fiscal year.


Your complete application package must be submitted in its entirety as a single PDF, with the exception of the letter of support, which should be sent directly to DUCIGS from your referee. Your application package will include (in the following order):

  • APPLICATION  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. 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.
  • CV and Graduate Transcript(s)
  • 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
  • Confirmation of International Travel Registration ]
  • (Optional:) Letter of support from an overseas host institution

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: (PDF)

2019 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 18, 2019

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