Graduate Awards for Research & Training

   Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 5pm>  Due to the inclement weather, the deadline has been extended until TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th at 5pm.    Stay safe & warm!

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The DUCIS Graduate Awards for Research and Training provide graduate students working on international research topics with funding for travel to archival and research sites inside and outside the continental United States, for attendance at specialized conferences, or for foreign language & methods training. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. Funding requests may include costs of international and in-country travel, living expenses, and directly-related research materials. Please note that there may be a tax liability on your fellowship, which will likely decrease the amount you ultimately receive.  This can be determined by contacting the Duke University Corporate Payroll office.

To be eligible, the applicant must be enrolled full time in a graduate or professional school program at Duke University during the academic year in which the award is used.

Funding for the current competition may be used between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017. Please note that while students seeking support for dissertation research are encouraged to apply, funding is not meant to replace external funding. Dissertation students are strongly encouraged to apply for external support. The number of awards is subject to availability of funds in the next fiscal year.


Completed applications must include:

  • Application cover sheet
  • One- to two-page, single-spaced project statement indicating:
  1. Title of proposed project
  2. Description of research, conference, or language/methods training
  3. Specific information on research location, conference site, or training program
  4. Research, conference, or training plans
  5. Significance of proposed project for future research
  • Bibliography (maximum two pages; not required for language/methods training)
  • Detailed budget, accompanied by a one-page budget narrative. Students may apply for other awards from Duke and other sources. The total award from all sources many not exceed the total amount indicated in the proposed budget. (Students’ budgets should include the total cost of the project and not just that portion requested from DUCIS.)
  • CV and official graduate transcript(s)
  • An (a) supporting letter from your dissertation committee chair, faculty advisor or director of graduate studies, and (b) a second letter from a faculty member familiar with your work. Both letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the Center for International Studies; however, it is preferable that they accompany your application package so that you can be assured of their arrival. If sent with your application set, please have them in sealed envelopes w/ back flap signed by referee.

The committee reserves the right to request a letter evaluating the applicant’s foreign language proficiency.

Applicants should submit a single original application (no staples, please) by the deadline to:

  • Nancy Hare Robbins
  • Duke University Center for International Studies
  • John Hope Franklin Center, Room 118
  • 2204 Erwin Road, Durham NC 27705

Faxed applications will not be accepted from applicants without prior approval.

For additional information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins at (919) 684-6454

Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 5pm>  Due to the inclement weather, the deadline has been extended until TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th at 5pm.    Stay safe & warm!

Download Application