Undergraduate Overseas Summer Awards

The Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS) provides funding for full-time Duke undergraduate students to complement their classwork with research experience in different social and cultural settings.

2018 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 12, 2018

On average, DUCIGS makes five awards of up to $2,000 each annually. A project can sometimes receive funding jointly from several Duke offices; however, students must apply separately to each competition. The total award for the same project from all sources many not exceed the total amount indicated in the proposed budget. Please note when building your budget that there may be a tax liability on your fellowship, which will likely decrease the amount you ultimately receive. Information on this can be determined by contacting the Duke University Corporate Payroll office.

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Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing an overseas academic research project of a minimum of four weeks duration qualify to apply for the Undergraduate Overseas Summer Awards.


Applicants must submit a proposal for a focused overseas academic research project of a minimum of four weeks duration. The project must be designed to further the student’s acquaintance with a particular country or world region.

All project proposals must be research-based; this competition is not intended to fund service-learning experiences or internships unless they are done in tandem with an independent overseas research-driven project. The service experience can be part of, but not principal to, the intended research. Your budget must reflect only those expenses associated with the research component; only travel and living expenses for the research period itself will be considered in the award amount.

Applicants should enlist a faculty sponsor with expertise in the student’s topic and intended world region. The sponsor will advise the student in preparing the application and developing a research program. Preparation might include research for the proposal, estimating costs and assessing the feasibility of the project.

Applicants are expected to seek additional funding at Duke and elsewhere, if necessary. In the case of multiple requests to fund the same project, your entire budget must be reflected on each application, not just the portion that you are requesting from individual offices.

A completed application must include:

  • Application form (PDF)
  • Three- to five-page, double-spaced project statement
  • One-page bibliography
  • One- to two-page, double-spaced autobiographical statement
  • Budget narrative
  • A letter of support from your faculty sponsor and a second from an instructor who knows your scholarship
  • One original undergraduate transcript
  • Proof of International Travel Registration [ https://travel.duke.edu ]
  • Letter of support from overseas host institution, if applicable.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you personally pick up your letters of reference and bring them with your application package in order to be assured of their arrival. Those not sent directly from the referee, however, must be received in sealed envelopes with back-flap signed by the referee.

2018 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 12, 2018

A single original completed application package (NO staples, please) must be delivered by the campus deadline to:

Nancy Hare Robbins
Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
John Hope Franklin Center Room 118
2204 Erwin Road

Or mailed to:

Nancy Hare Robbins
Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
Box 90404 – Duke University
Durham NC 27708-0404

Please contact Nancy Hare Robbins (nhare@duke.edu) for additional questions or information, including tips on choosing a research topic, selecting a project sponsor, building a travel budget, and creating a successful application.

Additional Funding Sources: It is recommended that students look to other undergraduate competitions as well, to augment funding for their proposed research. These competitions include those sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Support Office (URS) (which also has on its website a large directory of undergrad funding sources); Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI)Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF), and the Women’s Studies Program (WOST)among many others.