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The grants on this page are administered by APSI for current Duke graduate students. For additional grad student funding opportunities, explore funding for all Duke students.

Conference Travel Grants

Graduate students 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. Awards will take into account funds received from other Duke sources.

Note: Doctoral students who have passed their prelims are eligible to receive travel support from the Graduate School and should first apply there.

Applications are accepted until the annual funding allocation is depleted. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they receive notice of their paper or presentation acceptance; applications must be received at least 30 days prior to the start of the conference or meeting.

Application requirements:

  • Evidence of paper or presentation acceptance (i.e. – conference program, invitation from organizer)
  • Abstract of paper to be presented
  • Simple budget, including costs for registration, travel, lodging, and meals; include a list with amounts of other Duke funds received

Applications should be submitted to Yan Li. Travel grants take the form of reimbursement of actual expenses and require submission of receipts.

Summer Research Fellowships

Students working on an MA capstone or thesis or a PhD dissertation* in East or Southeast Asian studies are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 from APSI to support summer research. Applications will be accepted from East Asian Studies MA students as well as graduate students in other departments whose primary area of study is East or Southeast Asia. Applicants may be citizens of any country but must be full-time students at Duke.

*PhD students may receive the award twice; once in early studies to explore the topic in the field and once more to pursue in-depth field research.

Application requirements:

  • Application form
  • A 2-3 page proposal describing the research project, including its rationale and methodology. Explain why travel to the region is necessary and describe your connection to local contacts and how you intend to access and assess the data
  • A research budget with realistic projections for travel, lodging, meals, and research-related expenses; include other potential sources of funding
  • Letter of recommendation from supervising faculty member

Please submit your applications to Ling Jin ( by Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM EST. Award decisions are announced mid-March. Fellowship recipients must submit a 3-5 page report summarizing their results by October 1 and share their experience at one of the monthly Asian Pacific Forums during the academic year following the summer research.

Tuition Grants

APSI provides merit-based tuition fellowships to students in the East Asian Studies MA program. All students applying to the program are considered for first-year funding during the application process; no separate application is needed. Students should apply for the second-year award of a $10,000, one-semester grant in the spring semester of their first year; please submit your applications to Ling Jin ( by Friday, March 1, 2019, 5:00 PM EST.

Application requirements:

  • Copy of official transcript
  • A 2-page, double-spaced essay about their academic work at Duke
  • Two letters of recommendation from Duke faculty