Graduate Students Can Enhance Their Core Training through GSTEG Grants


Deadline: February 16, 2018


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 master’s students.

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.


All current graduate students (post-undergraduate, including master’s, professional, and Ph.D. 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 will be accepted from January 8 through February 16, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Proposal Requirements

The Provost’s Office uses MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.

You will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • An updated curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages).
  • A brief narrative that articulates the proposed activities, how the experience will contribute to broadening research training, and how it fits with overall academic, research, and professional plans, and that also explains why the experience is not available at Duke (no more than 3 pages).
  • A budget plan (up to $5,000), and timeline for use of the funds.
  • A letter or e-mail from your primary faculty mentor, sent separately to Carolyn Mackman, in support of the proposed activities.
  • A listing of all other concurrent proposals for funding to support the proposed activities (we will ask awardees to update us when any additional funding for the proposed activities is awarded/received).
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available; please review this document.
  • Enter Access Code PROVOST then select the 2018 Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) opportunity and follow the instructions.
  • For any questions concerning MyResearchProposal passwords or system issues, please contact Anita Grissom or Kara McKelvey at
RFP released 01/08/2018
RFP deadline for submission 02/16/2018
Project winner(s) notified 03/19/2018
Funds made available* 04/01/2018

*Funds must be expended between 4/1/18 and 6/30/19.


For any questions regarding your proposal, please contact Laura Howes or Carolyn Mackman.

Review and Selection

Proposals will be reviewed by an ad hoc committee convened by the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, to include representation from faculty, deans, institute directors, and graduate students, representing all divisions of knowledge. Decisions will be announced by mid-March 2018 and funds will be awarded as appropriate to the timing of the activities. Awardees will be expected to provide updates on their activities during the year and an eventual reflection on the impact of those activities on dissertation work.

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