Undergraduate Summer Awards for Research and Academic Activities

The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) provides funding for full-time undergraduate students at Duke to complement their classwork with research or academic experience that involves a global or international component. 

Average awards range from $250 to $1,500, depending upon of the activity or 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.

2022 Competition DEADLINE: To Be Announced


Duke freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing an academic research project or activity with an international or global component.


Applicants must submit a proposal for a focused research project or academic activity with an international or global component.  The research project or academic activity must 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.


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 Meredith Watkins 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

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

2022 Competition DEADLINE: To Be Announced

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

Please contact Meredith Watkins 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) among many others. 

Additionally, check the Duke Keep Exploring website frequently for information on opportunities available to students in summer 2022.  For example, Duke GEO is offering the following academic programs in summer 2022 that may be of interest to undergraduate students.