Undergraduate Overseas Summer Research Awards

The 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.

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 22, 2021


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.


Submit the Cover Sheet online. In addition, your complete application package will include the supporting documents below, submitted as a single PDF in the following order and emailed to Amanda Frederick by the campus deadline.

  • Project Statement (three to five pages, double-spaced)
  • Bibliography (one page)
  • Autobiographical Statement (one to two pages, double-spaced)
  • Budget Narrative
  • Undergraduate Transcript
  • Letter of support from an overseas host institution (optional)
  • Confirmation of Duke International Travel Registry

Finally, a Letter of Reference from your faculty sponsor or another faculty member familiar with your academic work should be sent directly to Amanda Frederick.

2021 Competition DEADLINE: Monday, February 22, 2021

The Cover Sheet and complete Application Package (PDF) must be received by the campus deadline - NO exceptions.

Please contact Amanda Frederick for additional information.

OTHER Funding Sources: It is recommended that students also look to other 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 campus-wide undergraduate funding sources, including: 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.