All Duke Students

Janet B. Chiang Grant

This grant supports student projects with the goal of furthering Asian-American understanding, as well as funding need-based grants for students to study in Asia. Duke undergraduate and graduate students may apply. The award maximum is $2,500. Learn more about Janet B. Chiang, Trinity '86.

Special consideration will be given to projects connected with Asian-American relations, Asian-American cultural or legal issues and women's issues, but any project designed to meet a need and which encourages student leadership initiative will be considered. Special consideration will also be given to Asian-Americans who apply for grants to study in Asia, but all students with a demonstrated interest in the relation of Asian and American cultures are encouraged to apply for this grant.

Applications for 2020-21 will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2020. The same form may be used by both graduate and undergraduate students; if applying as a graduate student, include your expected year of graduation on the same line as your major (program name). Applicants must include a basic budget and list all other sources and amounts of funding (including applications for funding).

If the application is associated with a research project involves human subjects, submit evidence that the project has been submitted for Duke Campus IRB review (submit verification if already approved or exempted). Funding will not be released until IRB approval (or exemption) is obtained. **IRB approval is not required if the application is to support language study.**

Duke University Office of Research Support

The Office of Research Support provides an extensive, on-line database of funding opportunities as a resource for the entire Duke University research community.

Asia-focus students at Duke may especially wish to consider:

Dean’s Research Award for Master’s Students

The Dean’s Research Award for Master’s Students will provide up to $1,000 to fund research travel, conference travel, or the purchase of materials and supplies to support research relevant to a master’s student’s degree completion. The award is not to be used for living expenses, but in direct support of research and/or professional development for the recipient.

The 2020 application period will run from January 15 to February 15, and recipients will be notified by March 31. The funds must be spent by October 31, 2020. Recipients of the award must present receipts documenting appropriate use of the award funds.

To Apply
  • Complete the application form and get it signed by your director of graduate studies to indicate the department’s endorsement of your application for this award.
  • Attach a letter of intent that explains what the research/travel award will be used for and how it will support your progress toward completing your master’s degree.
  • Submit the completed application and all documentation to the DGSA, Alex Nickley, who will process and submit to The Graduate School.

DUCIGS Awards for Research and Training

The Duke University Center for International & Global Studies' Graduate Awards for Research and Training provide graduate students working on international research topics with funding ($750-$1500) for travel to archival and research sites inside and outside the continental United States; for attendance at specialized conferences; or for foreign language and methods training. Funding requests may include costs of international and in-country travel, living expenses, and directly related research materials. APSI students should use this as a secondary funding source (i.e. to cover additional expenses beyond what APSI grants can fund).

DUCIGS Undergraduate Awards for Summer Research provides funding ($750-$1500) for full-time undergraduate students at Duke to complement their classwork with research experience in different social and cultural settings. Rising Duke sophomores, juniors and seniors pursuing an overseas academic research project of minimum five weeks' duration are eligible to apply.

Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship for Study in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences

The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund was established by the Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann, the daughter of a prominent Armenian Statesman who was married to one of the owners of a successful American business. She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime. Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study. The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

Duke University may submit 3 applications each year, so an internal competition will be held annually to select those who may submit full applications to DZL. Learn more>>

Non-Duke Grants

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Critical Language Scholarships

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program of the U.S. Department of State for American undergraduate and graduate students.