Current Students - Undergraduate

Duke students at Great Wall
The grants on this page are administered by APSI for current undergraduate students at Duke (as well as those participating in the Duke Study in China program).
For additional opportunities, explore funding for all Duke students.
*APSI and DSIC scholarships are subject to Duke's Global Travel Policy.

Duke Study in China Scholarship

This merit-based scholarship supports full-time students in the Duke Study in China (DSIC) summer program. Preference is given to students who 1) demonstrate strong and sustained interest in Chinese and China Studies, 2) are enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies program, and 3) those with no other sources of financial aid. To apply students will need to submit the supplemental DSIC Scholarship essay as part of the Duke Study in China application. Students who are accepted to the program but do not receive a Duke Study in China scholarship are encouraged to consider other funding resources, including the Janet B. Chiang grant as well as their home departments. 

Scholarships for Study Abroad in Korea or Japan

Limited funding is available to full-time Duke students who plan to go to Japan or Korea to study language. Priority is given to students who 1) wish to continue language study after finishing Duke University's language requirement of three semesters, 2) are majoring or minoring in Japanese, Korean, or AMES, and 3) have arranged affiliations with local institutions in Japan or Korea.

Applicants must include a basic budget and list all other sources and amounts of funding (including applications for funding). Applications for 2020-21 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2020.

Sirena WuDunn Memorial Scholarship

On September 1, 1983, Sirena WuDunn, en route to Hong Kong for a year of study, was aboard Korean Airlines flight 007, which was shot down by Soviet fighters. Since then, the WuDunn family has worked with Duke students and administrators to endow a scholarship in honor of her life.

The award is not need-based; however, should the recipient be on financial aid, the amount of the scholarship will be used to reduce the self-help portion of the financial aid award. The award is given to the student(s) who best embody the ideals and interests that Sirena held. Preference for the award will be given to students who:

  1. Are of Asian ancestry, preferably Chinese-American
  2. Have made a valuable contribution in the area of East-West culture, and
  3. Have demonstrated academic excellence

Applications for 2020-21 will be due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2020. This is a grant for an academic-year award and cannot be used for summer programs.

Janet B. Chiang Grants

Visit the All Duke Students page for additional details and application instructions.

Summer Research Grants

Full-time Duke sophomores and juniors may receive up to $2,500 to conduct research in China, Japan, Korea, or Southeast Asia. Priority will be given to students who 1) will conduct research for a senior thesis; 2) whose projects have a high probability of developing into a senior thesis; 3) who have done some preliminary work and have arranged affiliations with local institutions for the research; and 4) are enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate in East Asian Studies program. Applicants must include a basic budget and list all other sources and amounts of funding (including applications for funding). If the 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.

Applications for Summer 2020 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 6, 2020.

Internship funding

Duke Career Services offers financial support to students participating in unpaid or low-pay summer internships. Learn more about the Career Services Internship Funding Program.