Research Funding Opportunities

Duke University offers a wealth of resources for students who want to engage in special educational projects or research, including:

Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) Grants.  The goal of this internal grant competition is to enable graduate students to build or extend their networks and to integrate collaborative, cross-school experiences into their programs, thereby increasing the number of individuals whose graduate training reflects the university’s signature commitments to interdisciplinarity and knowledge in the service of society. We believe such experiences will lead to better preparation/training, whether for academic positions or other career trajectories.  Grants are available to graduate student groups to propose an interdisciplinary project, training, or experience lasting up to a year. Preference will be given to proposals that include participation across schools and that include professional students and well as doctoral students. Proposals require a lead faculty sponsor who agrees to mentor the group; an organizational sponsor (preferably a department, school, or institute/initiative) willing to handle funds and provide logistical support; endorsement from an additional faculty member from a different discipline or school; a plan of work; and anticipated outcomes. Where appropriate, these activities should count toward curricular requirements. Proposed projects or activities could include a year-long research team (e.g., on the Bass Connections model that incorporates undergraduates and engages with external partners such as community organizations); groups to explore a compelling theme or problem that cuts across disciplinary lines (e.g., a reading group, group independent study, dissertation writing group); a joint effort to construct an interdisciplinary course for undergraduates, etc. For reference, see previous awardees and project descriptions.  Eligibility: All current graduate students (post-undergraduate, including master’s, professional, and PhD students) in any program at Duke University may propose interdisciplinary groups and activities.  Proposals: Proposals will be accepted from January 14th through February 25th, 2019 at 5:00pm.   Application Details: https://strategicplan.duke.edu/initiatives/

Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants.  The goal of this grant competition is to expand the opportunities for graduate students to “step away” from their core research and training, so as to acquire additional skills, knowledge, or experiences outside/beyond their discipline that are not available at Duke and that will enhance their capacity to carry out original research. We believe such experiences will lead to better preparation/training, whether for academic positions or other career trajectories.  Supported activities include: an internship related to field of research; cognate training workshop; or field work opportunity that includes specific training.)  NOTE: Grant funds may not be used for attendance at conferences, nor for internships by Masters students. We also encourage potential applicants to consult the 2019 Summer Doctoral Academy offerings to see if those short-courses can address their needs.  Proposals require endorsement from the student’s primary faculty mentor, as well as a clear explanation of how the experience will contribute to broadening the student’s training and how it may potentially impact their dissertation research or capstone project. Successful past applications have made a compelling case for how the proposed experience would amplify the student’s intellectual agenda, beyond the standard offerings within their program. The proposed experience may last for up to one full semester. Funds awarded will be capped at $5,000. For reference, see previous awardees and proposed experiences.  Eligibility: All current graduate students (post-undergraduate, including master’s, professional, and PhD students) in any program at Duke University may propose graduate training enhancement activities. All internships, work, and services proposed must be performed outside of Duke (i.e., may not be work for Duke). Note: previous awardees may not apply.  Proposals: Proposals will be accepted from January 14th through February 25th, 2019 at 5:00pm.   Application Details: https://strategicplan.duke.edu/initiatives/