Global Funding

.The Office of Global Affairs and the DKU Programs Office 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 Affairs 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, Office of Global Affairs, 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.

Travel Grant for China Course Development or Program Development

Duke University’s Office of DKU Programs is pleased to announce a call for applications from Duke faculty members wishing to visit Duke Kunshan University to explore potential course development or research opportunities. The purpose of the travel grant is to increase the engagement between Duke faculty, Duke Kunshan faculty and faculty from other institutions in China, and to create opportunities for collaborative work that would result in a course, program or research project at DKU. These funds are intended for an initial exploratory trip that could lead to a more substantial project.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will receive a response within one month of submission. Applicants should send a cover letter, a 2-page CV for all members of the group, and a 2-3 page proposal to Katie Barzler. For proposal guidelines and more information about financial support, see the full flyer here.

Education and Research Innovations in China (ERIC)

Pilot funding is available from Duke’s Office of Duke Kunshan University Programs to help faculty develop innovative education and research programs at the Duke Kunshan University campus and other areas in China.

Proposed projects may include other Chinese higher education institutions, but should have a strong focus on Duke Kunshan.

The office is soliciting proposals that focus on China studies; economics, business and finance; environmental studies; humanities and the arts; and public policy. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on the Global Learning Semester undergraduate program at Duke Kunshan, but the office is also encouraging proposals that pertain to graduate and/or professional programs.

Research program proposals might request funds to stimulate research collaborations, support promising China-based research endeavors, or promote professional interactions. Examples of research programs include:

  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Professional Training Sessions

Regular rank faculty members and groups of faculty may apply. Collaborators are not required to be regular rank faculty. Click here to see examples of previously funded projects. Proposal guidelines, review criteria and frequently asked questions are available here.

Submit your proposals as a single PDF, with cover sheet on top, to Jennifer Bailey at the Office of Duke Kunshan University Programs (jennifer.bailey@duke.eduby February 15, 2016.