Call for Proposals/Fellows: The Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project

The Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project.

Extended Deadline: May 1, 2022

Thanks to funding from The Duke Endowment, Duke University and Johnson C. Smith University are accepting proposals from faculty at both institutions as part of the Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project. Faculty recipients will serve as Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke Fellows.


Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was one of the first African American students admitted to Duke University in 1963. She went on to have a distinguished legal career as a lawyer and a law professor. In her personal and professional life, Ms. Reuben-Cook exemplified resilience, leadership and the empowerment of historically excluded communities. The goal of the initiative is to generate collaboration between students and faculty at both Duke University and Johnson C. Smith University that honors Ms. Reuben-Cooke’s legacy.


We invite proposals from faculty members that engage topics related to issues of social justice, voting rights and/or the public histories of Duke’s and Johnson C. Smith’s campuses and their urban partners. Oral histories, digital storytelling and archival research will be encouraged, with a focus on digital preservation of the projects and stories collected. Digital projects can take the form of digital interactive maps, community storytelling walks and the collection of oral histories in various formats.

The following are encouraged but not required:

  • Oral history studies of key figures specific to each university and the communities they inhabit
  • An exploration of the life of Wilhelmina Ruben-Cooke and her impact on the higher education landscape
  • Historical analysis/archival research on the respective roles of each university in both fomenting and inhibiting social justice
  • Digital creation of interactive maps of campus and their communities to be included in orientation classes to allow students to explore the histories of the unheard voices that are key to each campus
  • Projects that focus on the histories of social justice and civic engagement in Durham and Charlotte, including the importance of youth voting rights and equitable access to public goods in each community
  • Exploration of environmental racism and health disparities. A combined effort with the digital maps to show the impact of these issues is greatly encouraged.

Grant Details

Faculty with relevant curricular and research interests are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those who have had experience with community-based projects and engagement. Each grantee will be required to produce and submit a podcast as well as a 500-word description of their project accomplishments. Both are due at the end of the funding period.

Faculty proposals are encouraged to focus on the dissemination of their findings via scholarly communities, which include but are not limited to conference presentations, performances, gallery-based showings if common in the discipline, and peer-reviewed publications. Faculty will also be required to conduct one podcast interview associated with this project. Information on podcast requirements will be forthcoming as each institution will start their own podcast series surrounding these projects and the collaboration between the institutions. All  deliverables are due by the end of the grant period. All final materials and podcasts will be housed on each institution’s individual websites.


All current Duke faculty members and Johnson C. Smith faculty members are eligible to apply. Faculty from these two universities are not expected to work together during this inaugural grant cycle.

Funding and Eligible Types of Expenditures

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Proposals requests cannot exceed $10,000, and 25% of your proposed budget must be utilized for student funding (e.g., for purchase of books, digital requirements such as software, conference presentations). Faculty will also be allowed to request a research assistant within their proposal (student will be provided a specified stipend amount).

Proposal Requirements

The Provost’s Office uses Formstack to receive applications. You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Your project narrative, outlining how your project focuses on anti-racism/social justice; please articulate your plan, provide a statement of objectives, and note work already completed related to the proposed project, if relevant (maximum word count: 1,000 words)
  2. The number of students you intend to include in the project
  3. A working title for a future class (to be taught in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023) with a course description, a short summary as to how the project fits into a current class being taught, or how you intend to use this research in a class (current or future) (maximum word count: 500 words)
  4. A budget (maximum 1 page) and budget narrative (maximum word count: 500 words)
  5. Current CV (maximum 2 pages)

Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee of three and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Fit with the particular themes and project-based foci that are articulated above
  • The potential for generating pedagogical and scholarly collaborations between students and faculty of Johnson C. Smith and Duke universities (cross-university collaboration is not expected during this inaugural grant cycle)
  • The public benefit to the communities of Durham and/or Charlotte.


RFP released 3/7/2022
RFP deadline for submission 5/1/2022, 5:00 p.m.
Recipients notified 5/9/2022
Funds made available 7/1/2022
Funds to be expended by 6/30/2023

Submission Instructions

Please submit proposal information by May 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. via this Formstack application form.

Contact for Questions

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Gunther Peck, professor of history and public policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, at For technical questions about the Formstack application, please contact Amy Feistel, interdisciplinary priorities coordinator, at

Course Enhancement Grants Support Global Teaching, Learning and Research

Course Enhancement Grants.

Deadline: April 30, 2022

Course Enhancement Grants support innovative approaches to global teaching, learning and research, both at Duke and abroad. Grants will be awarded to faculty projects that provide Duke students with meaningful global experiences and create new opportunities for global learning and engagement.

Projects may include (1) adding global content to existing courses; (2) creating new courses that incorporate a global learning experience; (3) encouraging language study, study abroad, and involvement with Duke’s Center for International and Global Studies and its area studies centers; (4) promoting critical reflection on global topics. All project proposals should delineate learning outcomes and assessment criteria.


  • Developing new globally-oriented courses, which may promote collaborations across departments, schools and/or locations around the globe
  • Incorporating short-term global experiences into existing courses
  • Adding a foreign language component to an existing course (e.g. teaching a section of a course in a relevant foreign language)
  • Establishing strategic partnerships that enhance the internationalization of the curriculum and result in globally-taught courses
  • Establishing global internship programs linked to course content
  • Launching new cultural/regional immersion courses
  • Engaging undergraduate students in short or long-term international research projects

Priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Use innovative teaching methods such as
    • Experiential learning
    • Service learning
    • Hybrid online/on-campus approaches
    • Collaboration with international partner institutions
  • Address pressing global issues, such as climate change, global health and immigration
  • Engage with countries or regions in the Global South (through topics, projects, or partners)
  • Have interdisciplinary components
  • Forge connections with in-country collaborators

Who is eligible to apply?

Permanent Duke faculty (individually or in groups) are eligible to apply. Proposals must have the endorsement of the faculty member’s department chair and approval from the Dean’s office.

How much funding is available?

Award amounts range from $3,000 to $7,500. If additional funds are needed to implement certain aspects of the curriculum, applicants may apply for additional funding.

See the full request for proposals on the Duke Global Affairs website.

Duke-Exeter Grants Available for Projects on Global Health, Climate Change, Immigration and Public Humanities

Duke Global.

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Duke and the University of Exeter have partnered in a new round of funding for research and projects called Accelerator Grants and Initiator Grants. Open now to faculty from both universities, these grants prioritize themes of global health, climate change, immigration, and public humanities.

Initiator Grants offer up to $5,000 and are intended to support pilot projects to establish or broaden academic and research collaboration.

The Accelerator Grants are intended to support larger scale initiatives with the aim of securing external funding and/or producing high level outputs and impact and rewards up to $50,000.

The application deadline for both grants is April 1, 2022, with successful applicants being notified no later than April 29, 2022.

See the full slate of guidelines and forms on the Duke Global Affairs website.

Climate Change Grants Designed to Spark New Research Collaborations

University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate Change.

Deadline: February 18, 2022

Duke University is offering faculty and research staff the first in a series of opportunities to shape a university-wide research agenda for confronting climate change.

The new grant program is part of the university’s broader effort to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis while developing the next generation of thought leaders. The climate initiative will build on Duke experts’ track record of substantial contributions to understanding and addressing climate change and its impacts.

Duke will provide funding up to $5,000 for faculty and staff who are interested in collaborating with colleagues—either within or across disciplines—around a shared intellectual interest that targets a climate-related challenge. Each selected group will also be able to propose an idea and to suggest speakers to include in one of several Duke-hosted climate symposia over the next few years. The symposia will engage Duke experts and invited partners in designing research priorities with linked external engagement and funding strategies.

Proposals should focus on one or more of the initiative’s priority areas:

  • Energy Transformation
  • Climate Resilience
  • Natural Climate Solutions
  • Climate & Data
  • Climate & Social Justice

As many as five rounds of collaboration grants will be offered to Duke faculty and research staff over the next three years. Additional seed funding opportunities are expected to become available in 2023. Faculty and staff who receive collaboration grants will be well-positioned to access additional seed funding as it becomes available.

Any Duke faculty member or Duke research staff member, from any discipline, is eligible to propose and form a new collaborative group. Additional eligibility information, selection criteria, and proposal requirements are available in the request for proposals (RFP).

Submissions for the first round of grants are due by Friday, February 18, 2022. The newly merged Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative, with advice and counsel of senior university leadership, will review proposals and select grantees. First-round grant recipients will be notified of awards on or about March 15, 2022.

To submit a proposal or for any questions, please contact Colette Watt at

Download detailed request for proposals (RFP)

Democracy and Governance in a Polarized World: Call for Proposals

Text: Democracy and Governance in a Polarized World.

Deadline: March 31, 2022

Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for new year-long projects addressing issues related to democracy and the challenges of sustaining strong democratic institutions in a polarized world. Faculty interested in proposing a project should read the full submission guidelines and submit a proposal by Thursday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m.

Proposed projects may begin in Summer or Fall 2022. Funding for project teams is between $5,000 and $25,000.

Please note: This RFP is only for 2022-2023 projects related to democracy. Our next general call for Bass Connections project proposals will be in August 2022.


Bass Connections brings together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates and community partners to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams. The five interdisciplinary themes of Bass Connections support research related to persistent societal challenges such as health inequities, race and social justice, environmental sustainability, the intersection of technology and society and the brain’s role in making us human.

As broad as these themes are, they are not all-encompassing, and we recognize the need to respond nimbly to new challenges confronting society. As a result, since 2018, Bass Connections has launched three “pop-up themes,” the first focused on hurricane recovery and resilience; the second on research related to immigration; and the third on issues related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemicThis call is for project proposals related to a new pop-up theme around research related to democracy and governance in a polarized world.

Recent Threats to Democracy

By many measures – including freedom of the press, free and fair elections, and government transparency – democracy is declining in much of the world. Indeed, the nonprofit Freedom House’s 2021 report concludes that nearly 75 percent of the world’s population lived in a country that faced deteriorating conditions for democracy last year. Here in the U.S., 2021 began with an insurrection on the Capitol, to be followed by many states passing new laws restricting voting access and reconfiguring election oversight. A CNN poll from September 2021 found that 93% of Americans say that democracy is either under attack (56%) or being tested (37%). A November 2021 NPR poll found that just 62% of Americans say they will trust the 2024 election, regardless of who wins.

Bass Connections issues this special call for proposals for teams interested in tackling solutions aimed at strengthening democracy, at home or abroad, through a Bass Connections project in 2022-2023. Research questions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Why is democracy worth defending? Where has democracy proven effective, and in what contexts has it failed? What reforms might help democratic institutions live up to their ideals?
  • What has contributed to the increase in authoritarianism worldwide? What are the historical roots of these contemporary challenges, and how might the past offer critical perspective and lessons for the future of democratic ideals, institutions and practices?
  • How important are the concepts of the rule of law and the existence of an independent judiciary to democracy? How have societies effectively negotiated the trade-offs between democratic decision-making and the protection of individual and minority rights?
  • How have other emerging issues, including climate change, rising inequality and inflation, and the COVID-19 pandemic, impacted democracy in the U.S. and internationally? What interventions might seek to strengthen democratic resiliency in the face of social crises and economic inequality?
  • Access to strong local media has been linked to political engagement and increased transparency. What new models might shore up and/or invigorate local media and journalism?
  • How are the arts and humanities inspiring new conversations about democracy and polarization? How do the arts push us to think differently about democracy or inspire new and innovative forms of political organization?
  • How should technology platforms be governed to ensure accountability and promote democracy?
  • How might we restore trust in the media and voting systems, reinvigorate popular engagement in civic life, and/or fashion new institutions for popular participation in democratic processes?
  • What solutions might bridge growing levels of political polarization, or what policy changes might allow government to operate more effectively in a continuing polarized environment?

In partnership with the Digital Humanities Initiative at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, we also strongly encourage projects with a substantial digital or computational humanities dimension.

Submission Instructions

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Please read the full submission guidelines and use the online proposal form to submit your proposal. You may work directly within the online form and save and return to the form as you work. You may also preview the proposal questions and draft your responses using the following Word template.

Interested faculty, particularly those who have never led a Bass Connections team, are also encouraged to contact a Bass Connections theme leader or Laura Howes, Director of Bass Connections, at with questions or to discuss potential ideas. Faculty may also drop in at any time to one of our informal Zoom office hours (

  • Friday, February 11, 10:00-11:00
  • Thursday, March 17, 12:00-1:00

Faculty are also welcome to reach out to members of the Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council to discuss project ideas or possible collaborators within their school.

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Support for Duke Units to Host Ph.D. Student Internships in Summer 2022

Request for proposals.

Deadline: January 28, 2022


During Summer 2022, the Provost’s Office will support professional development opportunities for current Duke Ph.D. students who do not have full summer funding. Units that would like to host such an opportunity may submit a proposal by January 28, 2022. Proposals will be accepted via Formstack (

We are seeking Ph.D. student internship opportunities that align with Together Duke and will provide Ph.D. students with research experience connected to their intellectual trajectory. Examples from past years:

  • A Duke Forest intern assessed emerging risks to the Forest
  • Duke University Press hosted two interns who worked on an innovation team that explored digital strategies for authors to engage with readers during the pandemic
  • The Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine had an intern assist with development of curricular materials for K-12 schools
  • An intern with the Modern Language Association designed and marketed a resource toolkit around curricular innovation and teacher training.
RFP released 1/7/22
RFP deadline for submission 1/28/22 at 5:00 p.m.
Anticipated unit/program notification 2/4/22
Anticipated student application period 2/18/22 – 3/20/22
Anticipated priority application/selection period (rolling consideration thereafter) 3/21/22 – 3/25/22
Internship start/end 5/16/22 – 8/19/22

Restrictions and Parameters

  • These opportunities will only be open to current Ph.D. students without full summer funding. Students who will matriculate in the summer/fall of 2022 are not eligible.
  • Interested students will apply for posted opportunities through a central Duke portal, though the selection process and decision will rest with each internship host.
  • Internships can involve six weeks, eight weeks or twelve weeks of engagement, and must take place between May 16 – August 19 with no more than 19.9 hours/week, leaving time for students to engage with their own research, study and/or writing. Stipend amounts vary by the amount of time required.
  • The earliest date an internship may start is May 16, 2022; the latest an internship may end is August 19, 2022.
  • Ph.D. students must receive a stipend commensurate with the three options for length of engagement, plus summer health fee and fringe, paid across the June – August payroll cycles. Interns may receive other Duke summer funding; however, total Duke summer funding may not exceed $8,750. The school of any selected student will be responsible for the provision of summer tuition scholarships.
  • Any proposal for an internship must comply with Duke University coronavirus response policies and the residency requirement detailed below.
  • International Ph.D. students who reside in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction detailed below and who wish to apply for a summer internship should consult as soon as possible with Duke Visa Services for assistance with filing applications for Curricular Practical Training and any other visa-related requirements.
  • Internship hosts must either be based in North Carolina or an approved U.S. jurisdiction available for Duke employment: California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
  • All student interns will be required to take the experiential workshop, GS950, during Duke Summer Session I or II.


  • Proposals should be submitted by the head of a unit (dean, director, chair, etc.).
  • Units must provide a 50% cost share on the stipend and fringes.

Selection Criteria and Review Process

Host units and supervisors must detail a program of work, with clear goals, deliverables and identification of a supervisor, in their proposed job description. We encourage host units to plan for regular interaction with interns and to include them in team meetings. The review process will be overseen by the vice provost for interdisciplinary studies.

Scope and Duration

In-person, remote and/or hybrid internships will be considered. The proposed internship experience should last for up to three months in the summer and proposals may be configured in one of the following formats:

  1. Three-month (19.9 hours/week) internship; intern will receive a stipend of $8,250 as well as coverage of summer tuition and health fee
  2. Two-month (19.9 hours/week) internship; intern will receive a stipend of $5,500 as well as coverage of summer tuition and health fee
  3. One and a half month/6-week internship (19.9 hours/week); intern will receive a stipend of $4,125 as well as coverage of summer tuition and health fee

The proposed internship will take place between May 16 – August 19, 2022, and interns will receive a stipend as well as coverage of summer tuition and the summer health fee across the June – August payroll cycles.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals will be accepted via Formstack ( through January 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Title and brief description (one paragraph) for your proposed internship position
  • Number of interns your unit anticipates hosting
  • Start and end dates for the internship
  • Name and contact information for your unit business manager
  • Name and contact information for the internship coordinator and the direct supervisor (if different)
  • Brief plan (maximum one page) that articulates the anticipated project or projects, describes the nature of engagement with organizational staff members, and specifies how the organization envisages a remote/virtual work experience (if relevant)
  • Confirmation of cost share.


For questions related to the online application and/or other logistical questions, please contact Amy Feistel,

For questions related to internship work plans or cost sharing, please contact Edward J. Balleisen,

Duke SSRI Offers Grants for Faculty Research in the Social Sciences

Social Science Research Institute Grant Program for Academic Year 2022.

Deadline: March 1, 2022

The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) invites grant applications from Duke University faculty to study social science research topics of their choice. The size of the grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000, and SSRI anticipates providing at least $100,000 through this program. The number and size of grants awarded will depend upon the applications received.

This is an open call for research in the social sciences—tell us what research you want to do, how this funding will help you to do that work, and what research product this grant will enable or enhance (paper, chapter, grant proposal, book proposal, etc.). If faculty intend to use this grant to fund preliminary work for a larger grant application, SSRI will help to develop your grant writing plans, including identifying grant opportunities if that is useful to you. It is not a requirement to view this funding as preliminary work for a grant application.

Who is eligible to apply?

Faculty in the social science departments in the college of Arts and Sciences, and social scientists in the Schools of Divinity, Fuqua, Law, Nicholas and Sanford are eligible to apply. Faculty in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine can apply only in conjunction with a faculty member in one of the above departments or schools. Faculty from other Arts and Sciences departments may apply with permission if they are addressing a social science topic; interested faculty should write a short email to to get approval to apply.


*Proposal deadline: March 1, 2022
*Funding notification: April 8, 2022
*Acceptable start dates: May 1, 2022 to September 1, 2022 (grants will run for one year)

Submit proposals to:

Submission requirements

Single PDF that contains the following information: (100 word abstract that states research question(s) to be answered; 1-page single space proposal that says how the money will help provide an answer(s); budget requested, with a 1 paragraph justification; note whether this grant is a seed project. Money can be used for any approved Duke Research expenditure, including course buy out and staff funding. SSRI may be able to help link faculty with graduate students at a subsidized rate in addition to this grant program. If this is of interest, please reach out to SSRI Director Don Taylor at

Faculty Can Propose Research Projects on Racial Inequality

Racial Inequality: Request for Proposals.

Deadline: February 1, 2022

Thanks to generous funding from The Duke Endowment, the Office of the Provost is accepting research proposals to study “Racial Inequality.” We anticipate awards to range from $5,000 to $50,000 with start dates as early as July 1, 2022 and ending by June 30, 2024.


Societal inequities along racial lines have deep historical and systemic roots, and span many areas, such as education, housing, health, economic security, voting and political participation, and the criminal justice system, among others. Interrogating racial inequalities that exist in our society and identifying mechanisms to address them is critical to achieving a more equitable society.

As a major research institution, Duke is well positioned to leverage its strong research expertise and resources to deepen our understanding of racial inequalities and to apply that knowledge to produce more equitable outcomes.


We invite proposals that engage topics related to the issue of racial inequality. There will be priority consideration for proposals that engage with issues of particular relevance to Durham and North Carolina, but we will also consider projects that focus on other locations in the US, as well as comparative analyses within the US or between the US and other regions. We welcome both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the social sciences, humanities, and arts, as well as proposals from a single faculty member or from groups.

Examples of themes with a focus on racial and socioeconomic inequalities include (but are not limited to):

  • Education
  • Health
  • Economic Security
  • Housing
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Religion
  • Culture
  • Laws, Policies and Practices


Duke regular rank faculty can serve as Primary Investigators (PI), with the exception of faculty with primary appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, who are NOT eligible to serve as Primary Investigators, but may participate as research team members provided that the research team has at least 50% of faculty from schools outside of Medicine and Nursing.

Eligible Types of Expenditures

The budget may include: stipends for research assistants; research-related travel and materials; workshops; transcription services, statistical consultants, and other justifiable and allowable research expenses such as open access publication subventions (in the case of research that has already reached an advanced stage), interactive multi-media installations, and multi-media platforms. Faculty summer salary up to $10,000 is also allowed, per project. Fringe rate is in addition to this allowance.

Proposal Requirements

The Provost’s Office is using Formstack online application software to receive applications. Proposals should include the following information and documents:

  1. general proposal information, to include the following: proposal title; name, title/rank, departmental affiliation, email address, and telephone number of all members of the research team; designation of a Principal Investigator
  2. a brief abstract or summary of the proposal (250 word maximum)
  3. a brief narrative (three-page maximum) that articulates (1) the plan for research, (2) statement of research objectives, (3) description of significance and innovation of the research, and (4) work already completed related to the proposed work (if relevant)
  4. a proposed budget (one-page maximum)
  5. two-page CVs for each faculty member of the research team.

Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee to be named by the Provost and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of proposed research
  • Opportunities for students to engage in the project
  • Potential implications for public understanding of racial inequality

Submission Instructions

Please submit proposal information via Formstack here.


RFP released 12/01/2021
RFP deadline for submission 02/01/2022
Awardee(s) notified 04/30/2022
Funds made available (or sooner upon request) 07/01/2022

Contact for Questions

Please contact the Office for Faculty Advancement at with any questions about this Request for Proposals, including questions about using Formstack.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a non-regular rank faculty member, can I be a PI on a grant?

No, however you are welcome to participate as a research team member.

As a regular rank faculty member in the School of Medicine or School of Nursing, can I be a PI on a grant?

No, however you are welcome to participate as a research team member.

Does the category of research assistants include staff?

No, research assistants can be students or postdoctoral fellows at Duke or from another higher education institution (i.e., outside of Duke).

Can I pay an outside consultant for training purposes, as a scholar activist or as a community partner?

Yes, you may establish payment through an independent contractor form as long as the individual complies with the independent contractor status. Non-Duke individuals can only be paid using The Duke Endowment funds by this method. Please review this resource and check with your business manager:

Does the faculty summer salary of $10,000 include fringe?

Fringe is in addition to the $10,000 allowance. Please check with your business manager for the current fringe rate.

Is the $10,000 faculty salary maximum per grant proposal or per year?

The $10,000 salary component is for the duration of the grant project, not per summer.

Do “materials” include equipment purchases?

Yes, you may request equipment and it is recommended that the purchase not reflect a large portion of the project budget.

What deliverables or reporting will you expect from awardees?

A final report describing the use of funds, the outcomes of the project, and, if relevant, a description of the engagement of the students and the community in the project will be requested in February 2023, and due March 2023. A report template for the submission will be provided.