Graduate students who plan to travel abroad need to be mindful of current State Department warnings regarding travel to restricted areas. All graduate students who intend to travel to one of the restricted regions must complete the online Graduate & Professional Students Travel Registration Form and sign the High Risk Travel Waiver/Release Form. Students who are not traveling to a restricted region are highly encouraged to complete the Travel Registration Form as well. Prior to log in, have your flight, destination, and passport information available. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is submitted. It is important to keep this, as you may be required to submit this proof of registration to your sponsoring department. Overall, the Duke Travel Registry will be the first source of information consulted in case of an unexpected health crisis, natural disaster, or civil/political unrest that may require assistance or evacuation.
Duke further offers international travel insurance through International SOS, which provides emergency assistance, travel advice and on-line information access worldwide for students whose travel conforms to the policy. While the services offered are comprehensive, International SOS is not international health insurance. Travelers covered by Duke's Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) are eligible for medical consultation and evaluation through the plan's Scholastic Emergency Services, Inc. In most instances, payment for medical services abroad will be necessary and reimbursement sought later from the insurance carrier. Students are encouraged to review their coverage prior to travel departure.
Note that some countries require specific vaccines for entry. Please visit the International Travel Clinic website to learn more about requirements for your specific destination.
Travelers who intend to take equipment or software abroad should check with the Export Controls Office to insure that they are in compliance with Federal regulations. For more complete information and other related links, visit the Duke International Travel Policy website.
The Graduate School works to secure funding for advanced students who need to do research overseas and within the United States. Below are a few of the programs currently available. Additional information on other fellowship opportunities, from both university and external sources, may be obtained from the Duke University Center for International Studies, 2204 Erwin Square, Durham, NC 27705. (919) 684-2867.
International Research Travel Fellowship for Advanced Students (applications available September 2013)
Pre-Dissertation and Dissertation Research Travel Award (applications available September 2013)