Faculty Opportunities

Duke Africa Initiative Faculty Opportunities

This page serves as a warehouse of faculty opportunities for the 2018 - 2019 academic year. The following opportunities are currently available:

  • Africa Initiative Small Faculty Grants 
  • Duke University Global Enhancement Fund (currently closed)
  • Duke University Global Engagement Fund (currently closed)

'Africa in Circum-Atlantic Perspective: Feminist Performance Routes,' April 2016.
Photo courtesy of Dasha Chapman.

Small Faculty Grants: call for proposals 2018 - 2019

Each year, the Steering Committee of the Africa Initiative announces a call for applications to fund small projects or working groups for the coming academic year. These awards have traditionally been in the range of $2,000 - $6,000.

The Steering Committee of the Africa Initiative wishes to announce a call for applications to fund small projects or working groups in the fall of 2018. We envision supporting up to five projects that meet the following criteria:

·We are interested in generating networks and synergies among scholars with common interests at Duke, and therefore we will only be funding projects that take place on Duke's campus, not those in Africa itself.

·Projects should be collaborative and cross-disciplinary in nature, perhaps organized around a common theme (water, technology transfer, China-Africa) or as a way to develop new relationships across schools.

·They may take the shape of a speaker series, a mini-conference, or a reading group, among other interdisciplinary/collaborative formats. If the proposal focuses in these areas, at least a portion of these activities should be open to all members of the Duke community.

·All applications must be submitted by a Duke Faculty member, and all Duke Faculty are eligible to apply.

·Special consideration will be given to those proposals that use a vertically integrated model that includes undergraduate and graduate students in the proposed project and/or working group.

·We anticipate making awards in the $3,000-5,000 range.

Deadline: July 1, 2018 

Disciplinary Category: Arts & Humanities; Environmental & Life Sciences; Multidisciplinary; Physical Sciences & Engineering; Social Sciences.

Applications should be no longer than 3 pages, and include the following:

·A description of the proposed activity. 

·The anticipated participants in this activity, especially noting its cross-disciplinary elements.

·Outcomes from the activity, and the potential next steps for further development, including potential for further funding.

·Please attach a short (1-page) CV of the lead faculty member.

·Funding requests should be sent to Meredith Watkins (mw390@duke.edu) no later than July 1, 2018.


For 2016 - 2017, the Africa Initiative was pleased to announce the following faculty members were awarded small grants:

Africa, Lost and Found in TranslationDavid Font-Navarette, Thompson Writing Program 

A Workshop on Commercial Institutions in Circum-Saharan Africa, Bruce Hall, History

Developing a Network in a Form of Mailing List of Scholars for the Dissemination and Production of Academic Information In and About Africa, Mbaye Lo, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies

Youth, Democracy and Dissent: An Event Series on Policy and Activism in Africa, Katheryn (Catherine) Mathers, International Comparative Studies

Technology for Health in Africa: Closing Treatment Gaps Through The Use of Technology, Eve Puffer, Psychology & Neuroscience (awarded 2015 - 2016)

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Implement Wide Scale Cervical Cancer Screening Prevention Among Vulnerable Populations in East Africa, Nimmi Ramanujam, Biomedical Engineering

Cornered [with no corners], Raquel Salvatella de Prada, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

International Workshop on Alternative Discourses of Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Global South, Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza, Nicholas School of the Envrionment

50th Anniversary of the Duke Lemur Center, Anne Yoder, Biology

Past Recipients 

Duke University Global Enhancement Funds

The Office of Global Affairs offers support for research and teaching collaborations in Brazil, India and East Africa.

Duke University global engagement fund

The Office of Global Affairs also provides funds to support new and innovative programs and activities that support Duke’s global vision. These activities include research collaborations and international events.