Strategic Initiatives & Programs
Strategic planning support
Duke University intends to establish itself as a global university in and through which our education, research, and outreach are cultivated through networks of embedded and connected relationships and institutions. Duke’s self-understanding as a global university will have a transformative impact on our work in Durham as well as in our relationships around the world. Please contact the Office of Global Strategy and Programs for assistance as you consider developing initiatives or to learn more about ways in which you can connect already existing programs to strategies being developed.
1. OGSP Global Engagement Funds
The Office of Global Strategy and Programs seeks to support and facilitate the global engagement and learning of the Duke community. Our funding initiatives are intended to support new and innovative programs, activities and approaches that have the potential to expand or enhance Duke’s mission as a global university. Duke faculty members may apply for OGSP support, individually or as a group; through a department, center, or other recognized administrative unit. Administrative units may also apply. Students may not apply directly for these funds, but support for students may be included in a faculty proposal. Types of activities that will be considered for funding are: international travel for faculty to present at conferences (up to $1,500), or explore research collaboration opportunities (up to $,5000); organizing and convening conferences, symposia, lecture series, virtual conferences, retreats, etc., relevant to Duke’s global mission (up to $10,000); development of courses and programs relevant to Duke’s global mission, for delivery at the Duke campus or another site where Duke is active (up to $7,000); and funds for departments or units to bring visiting scholars to Duke. Proposals will be accepted throughout the year and reviewed each quarter.
Recently supported activities include:
· The Memory Project, a documentary series, to be held at Duke in October 2012.
· The inaugural Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Convergence, to be hosted at Duke University on November 9 - 11, 2012.
· The annual international conference on heavy quark physics to be held at Duke from March 14-16, 2013.
· The Summer Intercultural Skills Development Program (A Duke International House program for Medical Center and University Staff, Faculty, & Administrators)
· The Triangle Intellectual History Seminar, a regional and national forum setting research agenda for transnational study of ideas with a focus on Europe.
· Bordering the Borderless - Faces of Modern Buddhism in East Asia conference to be held at Duke on September 19th – 20th, 2013
2. Title VI Center Partnership Funds
Duke University received a three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation to support thematically based projects crossing tradional area studies boundaries. The majority of funding ($190,000 for each of three years) will be used to fund innovative projects involving collaboration of 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. Proposals for the second year of funding will be accepted unitl April 12, 2013.
Please see the Request For Application Mellon Global Partnerships for more details and to apply.
3. 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 and throughout China. 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. For Spring 2013 awards will be granted up to $7,500; submissions are due by March 21, 2013.
Please see the ERIC Request For Proposals for more details and to apply.
4. 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 has provided grants ranging from $500 to $8,000 for faculty-led activities (e.g., mini-conferences, panel discussions, guest speakers) for the Fall semester. Events open to the community can be found on the Duke Events Calendar. The Africa Initiative plans to explore external funding opportunities in the future and there are tentative plans to issue another call for proposals in spring 2013.
Global Administrative Support Initiative
A support infrastructure and website designed to provide easy access to the university-wide resources and policies that will allow Faculty, Staff and Students to plan and execute a successful international activity, whether an individual trip abroad or a large-scale, semi-permanent global program, the Global Administrative Support website offers information on the following topics:
- Legal, financial, operational, technological, and compliance issues relevant to Duke University operations abroad.
- Tips for planning and implementing an international trip, including the Duke University travel policy, visa and passport tips.
- Summary of export regulations including policies on sending goods overseas and traveling with a laptop.
- Info on immunizations before travel & what to do in the case of an emergency while abroad.
- Guidance on the best tools & resources for meeting the computing & communication needs of Faculty and Staff while they’re traveling
- Single points of contact which list administrative and academic officers who act as first-line contacts if the information is not available on this web site.
To further our global efforts, Duke has created wholly owned support corporations that provide a mechanism for legal registration, employment and taxation matters when operating outside the U.S. For more information on whether or not your school or program would benefit from these entities, please contact the Office of Global Strategy and Programs.
Built to facilitate communication, encourage collaboration and enable the sharing of resources by faculty, staff and students here at Duke, this interactive map allows visitors to see country specific information on program, unit and school activity; partnerships and agreements; faculty areas of interest; traveler and alumni information as well as highlighting activity in a specific country.