Virtual International Visitor Grants

Virtual International Visitor Grants

Virtual meeting technology has become a standard method for communicating and has allowed for meaningful and sustainable connections with international collaborators. Virtual International Visitor Grants will help the Duke community foster strong connections with international partners through virtual engagement. 

Duke University faculty may apply for grants to host an international visitor for a short virtual residency. Visitors should engage virtually with Duke and the broader community in one or more of the following ways:

  • Conduct a public lecture
  • Lead a workshop with graduate students
  • Guest lecture in a class
  • Meet with interested faculty
  • Meet with undergraduate student groups

Priority will be given to visits which:

  • Involve engagement with scholars and leaders from low and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  • Have strong potential to broaden the perspective of Duke faculty and students
  • Strengthen existing institutional partnerships and research networks
  • Engage multiple departments and the broader Durham community

Award Details

Grant funds will be awarded to the visitor as an honorarium. The average award amount will range between $100 – 300, but larger awards may be made depending on the visitor’s profile and the number of engagements across the university with which they are involved.

A limited number of grants will be available during the academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis between September 1st, 2023 and April 15th, 2024


Full-time regular-rank Duke University faculty are eligible to nominate a virtual international visitor. Visitors should be recognized leaders in their fields who are based outside of the U.S.

Application Requirements

Using the embedded form below, applicants must submit the following:

  • A one-to-two page visit proposal that includes a brief biography of the nominated visitor, a description of activities that will involve the visitor and the requested amount of funding needed to support the visitor. The proposal should also describe the ways in which the visit will benefit the hosting department and the broader Duke community
  • A description of any additional funds received to support the visit

Criteria for review

The following criteria will be used in evaluating each proposal:

  • Fit between the proposed visitor and the hosting department or unit
  • Degree to which the proposed visit will engage Duke faculty, students, and the broader Durham community
  • Degree to which the proposed visit has the potential to broaden the perspectives of Duke students and faculty
  • Strength and specificity of intended outcomes for the visit
  • Likelihood that the visit will help form new or strengthen existing international relationships

What is required of grantees?

Faculty who host a virtual international visitor are required to complete a brief impact report no later than 14 days after the conclusion of the virtual residency.

Additionally, faculty who complete a successful nomination consent to have news of the virtual residency shared via external communications, such as the Duke Global website, or other press releases and publications.

Application form