Funding Opportunities

Faculty ideas, research and expertise help make Duke a global university. We hope the resources below will be useful in finding support for your international projects.

OGA Funding Opportunities

Course Enhancement Grants

Course Enhancement Grants support innovative approaches to global teaching, learning and research, both at Duke and abroad. Grants will be awarded to faculty projects that provide Duke students with meaningful global experiences and create new opportunities for global learning and engagement.

Applications are now closed.

Duke-Exeter Initiator and Accelerator Grants

Open to faculty from both universities, these grants prioritize themes of global health, climate change, immigration, and public humanities.

Initiator Grants offer up to $5,000 and are intended to support pilot projects to establish or broaden academic and research collaboration between Duke and Exeter.

Accelerator Grants are intended to support larger scale collaborative initiatives with the aim of securing external funding and/or producing high level outputs and impact and rewards up to $50,000.

Applications are now closed.

Globally Taught Courses

The Duke Globally Taught Courses program supports faculty wishing to collaborate with peers at institutions abroad to co-create graduate courses or course modules delivered virtually via online technology.

Applications are now closed.

Global Engagement Funds

The Office of Global Affairs also provides funds to support new and innovative programs and activities that support Duke’s global vision. These activities include research collaborations and international events. Review the proposal guidelines.

Von Der Heyden Fellows Program

This fellowship brings prominent international leaders in business, government, public life, academics and law to Duke’s campus. If you would like to nominate someone to serve as a Von der Heyden fellow, contact Eve Duffy.

Additional Funding

You can search Duke’s research funding database for more opportunities. An advanced search will let you choose “international opportunities” under “discipline.”

If your area of interest is specific to a particular world region, visit the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies’ centers and initiatives to see if they are currently accepting proposals.

Area Studies Centers Funding Opportunities

Global Working Papers


The Duke Global Working Paper Series welcomes submissions from Duke faculty and affiliated scholars which focus on global and international research. Papers from across the disciplines are welcome.  Papers in this series are published to the Social Science Research Network. For more information, email Rohini Thakkar or click here.

Faculty Small Grants

Each year, the Steering Committee of the Africa Initiative announces a call for applications to fund 4-6 small projects or working groups for the coming academic year. These awards are usually in the range of $2,000 – $6,000.

For more information, please click here.

Research Clusters

The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) annually provides up to $3,000 in funding for research clusters that promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural inquiry and collaboration among East and Southeast Asian studies faculty and students at Duke University and other Triangle area universities.

Each proposal requires three signers, at least two of whom must be APSI core faculty members. A faculty member may co-sign up to 2 proposals.

A report of the cluster’s activities, including a budget summary, is due from the recipient faculty by the end of the academic year.

For more information, please click here.

APSI Course Development

Annual course development grants of up to $3,000 are usually due in October. Eligibility criteria:

The course must be taught at least twice in the next five (5) years. Priority for funding will be given to:

  • Graduate courses that serve the MA program in East Asian Studies, especially those that provide methodological training and consider overarching theoretical issues in a specific field or discipline.
  • Undergraduate courses at the 100-200 level that cover East Asia broadly and can serve as a Gateway course for the Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies; and upper-level undergraduate courses that cover East Asia broadly and can serve as a Capstone course for the Certificate.

For more information, please click here.

APSI Research Grants

Grants of up to $3,000 are given to support research beginning in the summer and concluding by June 30 of the following year. Calls for proposals are typically sent out in the spring. Priority will be given to:

  • Junior faculty or those with low/no alternate funding sources
  • Faculty needing to travel to conduct East or Southeast Asia research
  • Faculty who have not recently received APSI funding
  • Faculty who have done conspicuous service for APSI

For more information, please click here.

Conference Hosting Grants

APSI provides seed funding of up to $8,000 each year for a conference. Applications are typically due in October. Each proposal should include:

  • A 3-page description including the rationale for the conference
  • List of potential participants
  • Plans, if any, for publishing the proceedings
  • Budget estimate

For more information, please click here.

Presentation Travel Grants

Faculty needing assistance to cover travel expenses for presenting on East or Southeast Asian topics at conferences and professional meetings may apply for up to $700 from APSI.

Priority is given to APSI core faculty, faculty who have not recently received travel support from APSI, and junior faculty members.

For more information, please click here.

Duke Brazil Initiative Research Grants

Faculty members may apply for research grants from the Duke Brazil Initiative for individual or group projects focused on Brazil. Project teams may also include undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Priority will be given to projects that involve collaboration with Brazilian institutions and scholars. Awards range from $1,500 to $4,000.

For more information, please click here.

Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies Faculty Research Travel Grants

CLACS offers Faculty Research Travel Grants for short periods (at least two weeks) of scholarly research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Applications are invited from Duke Latin Americanist and Caribbeanist faculty in all disciplines; all research must be conducted outside the United States (i.e., in Latin America or the Caribbean). Deadline is usually every March.

For more information, please click here.

CLACS Conference Travel Grants

Latin Americanist/Caribbeanist faculty from any department or school presenting papers at conferences or professional meetings in the United States or abroad may apply. Applications accepted starting August 1st for following Academic Year, including following Summer. No set deadline. Requests accepted until available funds for the year run out.

For more information, please click here.

Support for Tenure-Track Faculty Book Publication

CLACS offers special funds to support book publication by Duke tenure-track faculty.

Duke faculty who will be eligible for tenure review, and who have a book under contract with a university or other Press, may apply for this funding. The book must have a clear focus on Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

No set deadline. Requests accepted until available funds for the year run out.

For more information, please click here.

LRC Project Support

​Faculty from Duke and other institutions are invited to participate in proficiency-based language and culture multimedia materials and ScribeZone.

Specialists are also invited to participate in panels and the CSEEES/SEELRC summer institute. Topics include languages and cultures of Europe and Eurasia, technologies and curriculum, evidence-based research methods and data collection, anti-discriminatory and equitable approaches to teaching and learning languages and cultures, cognitive neuroscience and cognitive reserve, development of modules and testing materials for K-12 and university.

Stipends are available.

For more information, please click here.

Duke University Middle East Studies-UNC Consortium Research Travel Grants

Duke faculty whose research agendas involve the Middle East are eligible to apply for research travel grants funded by the Department of Education. Small grants (usually $1,000) to subsidize faculty research with preference for pilot projects leading to external grant applications.

Interested faculty should submit a brief description of the proposed project along with a sample budget to Griffin Orlando. The call for proposals is usually posted during the fall semester.

For more information, please click here.

Duke University Middle East Studies-UNC Consortium Course Development Grants

Duke faculty whose research agendas involve the Middle East are eligible to apply for course development grants funded by the Department of Education. Small grants (usually $1,000) to increase Middle East course offerings by encouraging faculty to add Middle East content to existing courses or develop a new Middle East related course.

Interested faculty should submit a brief description of the proposed project along with a sample budget to Griffin Orlando. The call for proposals is usually posted during the fall semester.

more information, please click here.

Duke University Middle East Studies-UNC Consortium Collaborative Online Learning (COIL Grant)

A small pool of several thousand dollars is available to develop and lead collaborative online international learning activities. For a new course and new university collaboration, faculty can apply for a $2,500 grant. For continuing with an existing course/collaboration, faculty can apply for a once $750 grant. Faculty can also apply for a grad student assistant for up to $1,500

Course-based international dialogue and exchanges have taken on elevated importance during the pandemic. In a time of travel restrictions, the opportunity to be in conversation with faculty and their students at other institutions will be all the more meaningful.

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Collaborative Cluster Projects

The Global Asia Initiative (GAI) seeks proposals for funding of collaborative projects relating to Asian Connections, referring to connections between societies within Asia as well as those that reveal meaningful connections between parts of Asia and other parts of the world.

The amount of funding will vary from USD $15,000 – $20,000. The cluster should produce a research product – journal issue or published volume – as a result of their activities. The GAI’s goal is to develop research on a theme, or evolving theme broadly related to the environment.

For more information, please click here.