Duke Kunshan University Offers Funding for Education & Research Programs in China


Deadline: November 17, 2016


Pilot funding is available from Duke’s Office of Duke Kunshan University Programs to help faculty develop innovative education and research programs in China.


Proposed projects may include other Chinese higher education institutions, but ideally will have a strong connection with Duke Kunshan University. This academic year we anticipate two requests for proposals (RFPs), one in the fall and one in the spring. This RFP is open for proposals in any target area, but particularly encourages proposals that focus on the following topics:

  • China studies, broadly defined (history, culture, arts, economic developments, China foreign relations, political science, sociology, etc.)
  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Economics
  • Environmental Studies (economics, science, engineering, management and policy)
  • Public Policy

Awards will be made up to a maximum of $20,000, though most awards will be smaller; co-funding from other sources is welcome and encouraged.

Priority will be given to proposals for innovative, long-term activities at Duke Kunshan University, including programming for the Global Learning Semester and graduate and/or professional programs. Examples of education programs include:

  • The development of new courses
Service/immersive learning experiences
  • Certificate programs
  • Intensive workshops

Research program proposals might request funds to stimulate research collaborations, support promising China- based research endeavors, or promote professional interactions. Examples of research programs include:

  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Professional Training Sessions


  • All regular-rank faculty, including those in professional schools, may submit a proposal.
  • Groups of faculty are encouraged to apply.
  • Collaborators are not required to be regular rank faculty.

Preference will be given to applicant groups that represent different disciplines, departments, divisions, schools, institutes, etc. No prior experience or existing collaborations in China are necessary to apply.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should include the following:

  •  Proposal Cover Sheet
    • List the individual who will serve as the contact person for the award (PI), the individual’s department, and contact information.
    • List the title of proposed project, the total amount of funding requested and the submission date.
    •  List the sponsoring department business manager. If possible, please also include the fund code 
where expenses will be incurred.
  • A brief narrative (no more than 3 pages)
    • Define the proposed education or research program.
    • Describe the program timeline, including prospective sustained activities.
    • Describe its potential impact.
    • List the application faculty member(s) qualifications.
    • Provide a plan for evaluating the program’s success.
    • Include a draft syllabus, outline or agenda, if applicable.
    • Include a detailed budget outlining the usage of the funds requested.
    • List existing funding sources and funding already applied for.
    • Provide anticipated sources of funding for the program.
  • Curriculum Vitae
    • Include a 2-page CV for all key personnel.

Submit your proposals as a single PDF, with cover sheet on top, to Irina Adams at the Office of Duke Kunshan University Programs (irina.adams@duke.edu) by November 17, 2016.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the China Faculty Council (CFC). For proposals relevant to DKU, the chair of the CFC will also consult with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the appropriate Associate Dean at Duke Kunshan University to ensure that the project is both feasible and appropriate for Duke Kunshan. Preference will be given to applications that:

  • Propose multidisciplinary programs
  • Demonstrate potential for long-term impact at Duke Kunshan or that promote collaborations 
between faculty at Duke Kunshan and Duke.
  • Propose programs or activities that directly engage students.

Decisions will be announced in December 2016, to allow time for activities and programs to begin as early as Spring 2017. Successful proposals may undergo additional budget revisions in consultation with the applicants following review by the China Faculty Council, in order to ensure the most consistent and impactful use of funds.