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Dissertation Research Travel Award: Domestic

The Domestic Dissertation Research Travel Award from The Graduate School provides funding for Ph.D. students to travel within the United States in order to conduct pre-dissertation or dissertation research. Actual award amounts will vary from $500 to $2,000 depending on the research project and the number of proposals funded. Funding generally includes travel costs, some living expenses, and direct research expenses.


  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • All Ph.D. students enrolled full-time in a Graduate School program at Duke are eligible, but preference will be given to those who have not received a prior Dissertation Research Travel Award (known as the Pre-dissertation/Dissertation Research Travel Award prior to 2014-2015).
  • This award cannot be concurrently accepted with another Graduate School or external fellowship or award for the same proposed travel expenses.

To Apply

You Need

  • Approval from your department (see step 1 below)
  • Your CV (PDF)
  • A copy of your current Duke transcript or DukeHub report (PDF)
  • Two letters of recommendation from your DGS and faculty advisor. If your DGS and faculty advisor are the same individual only one letter of recommendation is required.
  • Information about your trip (sites, departure and return dates, amount and sources of other funds for the trip)
  • A PDF that includes, in the following order,
    • A detailed budget for your dissertation research travel
    • A brief statement (no more than 3 pages, using 1-inch margins, 1.5 line spacing, and Arial 12-point font) that includes
      • the dissertation title or proposed subject,
      • a description of the research project,
      • the specific research location or resource to be visited,
      • research plans while travelling, and
      • the significance of the trip to the proposed research.


  1. Get approval to apply from your department. Each department can only nominate up to two students each year for this award. Before you can submit your applications for this award to The Graduate School, you must first get approval from your director of graduate studies (DGS). Programs differ in how they choose their nominees. Check with your DGS.
  2. Once you have received approval from your DGS, go to The Graduate School’s fellowship application system to submit your application. | Application instructions (PDF)

Application Period

The application cycle opens in early October and closes in late November. Award recipients will be notified in spring semester. The Graduate School will announce exact dates closer to the start of the cycle, and they will be posted with the award listing on the school’s online application system.

Funding Source

  • Duke Graduate School opportunities

Student Status

  • Continuing Student
  • Dissertation Phase

Academic Division

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities

Type of Degrees

  • Ph.D.


  • Domestic Travel


  • Other