Graduate Awards for Research and Training

The DUCIGS 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.

 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.


Completed applications must include:

  • One- to two-page, single-spaced project statement 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 language/methods training)
  • Detailed budget, accompanied by a one-page budget narrative. Students may apply for other awards from Duke and other sources. The total award from all sources many not exceed the total amount indicated in the proposed budget. (Students’ budgets should include the total cost of the project and not just that portion requested from DUCIGS.)
  • CV and official graduate transcript(s)
  • A supporting letter from your dissertation committee chair, faculty advisor or DGS, and a second letter from a faculty member familiar with your work. NOTE: Faculty should be strongly encouraged to email their letters of reference as attachments, which should be sent to Nancy Hare Robbins. If you personally pick up these letters, they must be received in sealed envelopes with back-flap signed by the referee.

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

A single original completed application package (NO staples, please) must be received by the campus deadline.

Deliver to:
Nancy Hare Robbins
Duke University Center for International & Global Studies
John Hope Franklin Center, Room 105
2204 Erwin Road (@ Trent Drive), Duke University

Or mail to:
Nancy Hare Robbins
Duke University Center for International & Global Studies
Box 90404, Duke University
Durham NC 27708-0404

Download the APPLICATION: (PDF)

2019 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 18, 2019

Faxed applications will not be accepted from applicants without prior approval.

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