Global Funding

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.

Global Engagement Funds

The Office of Global Strategy and Programs (OGSP) seeks to support and facilitate global engagement and learning of the Duke community. These funds are intended to support new and innovative programs, activities, and approaches that are in line with Duke’s Vision as a global university (see the Global Vision statement).

This Vision outlines a three-campus approach in which learning and research takes place at the university’s home campus in Durham, NC; across a network of sites and partnerships abroad; and online, through Duke’s many interfaces for teaching and research.  

Duke faculty members may apply for these funds individually or as a group, through a department, institute, center, or other recognized administrative unit. Students may not apply directly for these funds, but support for students may be included in a faculty proposal.

Two general types of activities will be considered for funding:

  • Exploring research collaboration opportunities (up to $7,500)
  • Organizing and convening international conferences, symposia, lecture series, retreats, etc., relevant to Duke’s global mission and held on the Duke campus (up to $7,500)

Requests for global engagement funds are accepted throughout the year and reviewed on a monthly basis. Please see the Global Engagement Fund Proposal Form for more details and to apply.

If you require more information about these funds, please contact Eve Duffy, Director of Programs and Initiatives, Office of Global Strategy and Programs, at or at 919-684-3272.

Many more funding opportunities are available 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.

Duke Tropical Conservation Initiative (DTCI) Research Seed Grant [Duke Internal Funding - For Duke Faculty Only]

The DTCI Steering Committee invites applications for seed grants to promote faculty research on topics related to conservation challenges in tropical regions of the world. The grants are intended to facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations by supporting preliminary work that can form the basis of larger research projects or grant proposal. Examples of activities the grants can support include travel to field sites, working groups and workshops, and desk duties leading to data syntheses or meta-analyses.

Grants are expected to be in the range of $5,000-$10,000, but requests up to $15,000 will be considered in exceptional cases. Applications are due by 9:00 AM on Monday, March 16; awards will be announced on April 1; and final reports on grant-funded activities are due on October 1, 2015. This grants program is made possible by the support of the Office of Global Strategy and Programs and the Office of DKU and China Initiatives, both in the Provost's Office at Duke. A total of $55,000 is available this year. The DTCI will offer a second round of grants next year, pending the performance of this initial round.

Please email your applications to Jeff Vincent by March 16.