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Global Funding Opportunities

The Office of Global Strategy and Programs and Office of DKU and China Initiatives administer several programs that provide funding for Duke faculty members and students opportunities to develop new courses, explore new lines of research and collaborate with partners around the world. These funding opportunities are described below.

Many more funding opportunities are avaialable and administered by schools and offices across campus.  The Duke research funding database and Undergraduate Research Support Office are useful resources for identifying additional funding opportunities.

Africa Initiative (AI)

The Africa Initiative was created to develop a network of scholars who have an interest in Africa. The goals of the initiative are to share knowledge and resources; build connections between programs, units and schools; foster new collaborations across disciplines; and to transport existing knowledge gained in African countries to Duke in Durham and other Duke locations.

The Africa Initiative is currently offering grants ranging from $500 to $8,000 for faculty-led activities (e.g., mini-conferences, panel discussions, guest speakers) to take place in the spring 2014 semester. For this and other Africa Initiative funded opportunities please visit the funding page of their website.


Education & Research Innovations in China (ERIC)

Pilot funding is available to help faculty develop innovative education and research programs at the Duke Kunshan University (DKU) campus.  Exceptional projects pertaining to other parts of China will also be considered. Education programs can be directed to undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional students and can be focused on any topic.  For example, applicants might propose the development of new courses, service/immersive learning experiences, certificate programs, or intensive workshops. Research program proposals might request funds to stimulate research collaborations, support promising China-based research endeavors, or promote professional interactions (e.g., conferences, workshops, professional training sessions). All regular-rank faculty, including those in professional schools, may submit a proposal.  Funding decisions have been made for Spring 2014. 

Previously funded ERIC projects:

Bringing NESCent to China: Developing a Synthesis Center Model to Facilitate Collaboration Across Space and Time

The Biological Root of Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Education Program on Evolutionary Anthropology

Community Health Observatory in Kunshan (CHOK): A Proposal for Establishing Demographic Health Surveillance Site in China

Building Bridges in Arts/Humanities: Theater Studies Research Group

Developing a Medical Physics Graduate Program at DKU

Writing in DKU

Innovations in Long Term Care: A US-Chinese Partnership for Education and Research

Neuroeconomics in China


Title VI Center Partnership Funds

In 2012 Duke was awarded a three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation to support thematically based projects crossing traditional area studies boundaries.  The majority of grant will be used to fund innovative projects involving collaboration by Duke's international and area studies centers with each other and with other Duke units. 

Awards are expected to range between $20,000 and $50,000 per project, with an expected average of about $30,000.  This will allow approximately four to six awards to be made for each of the three years. 

Please see the  Mellon Global Partnerships request for applications for more details and to apply.