Undergraduate Overseas Summer Research Awards

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

Average awards range from $750 to $1,500, depending upon the research location and scope of the project. Students are encouraged to seek funding from additional sources; however, students must apply separately to each competition for the same project. Your entire budget must be reflected on each application, not just the portion that you are requesting from DUCIGS.

  • 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 24, 2020


Rising Duke sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing an overseas academic research project of minimum five weeks' duration qualify to apply.


Applicants must submit a proposal for a focused overseas academic research project, which must be designed to further the student’s acquaintance with a particular country or world region. If you are planning a group project, each member of the group must apply individually, including separate application, supporting documentation and budget reflecting only your own research and costs, not those of the group.

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/or intended world region. The sponsor will advise the student on preparing the application and developing a research proposal. This may include narrowing the scope of the project, estimating costs, and determining the overall feasibility of the plan. Your sponsor's signature is required on your application.

A competitive application 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 sponsor. This package must include (in the following order):

  • The  APPLICATION Cover Sheet
  • Project Statement (three- to five-pages, double-spaced)
  • Bibliography (one page)
  • Autobiographical Statement (one- to two-pages, double-spaced)
  • Budget Narrative
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Confirmation of International Travel Registrationhttps://travel.duke.edu ]
  • (Optional:) Letter of support from an overseas host institution; and
  • Letter of Support* from your faculty sponsor

*NOTE: Your sponsor should send the support letter directly via email attachment to Nancy Hare Robbins

2020 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 24, 2020

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

Send to: Nancy Hare Robbins

Please contact Nancy Hare Robbins for additional information.

OTHER Funding Sources: It is recommended that students also look to other undergraduate competitions 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 Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSFS), among many others.