Grants and Funding

DGHI Funding

DGHI deploys internal funding to enhance the global health research portfolio of the institute. Typically, the institute awards seed funding through the following competitive grant opportunities:

  • Pilot grants of up to $25,000 for a single year, which are designed to support new interdisciplinary collaborations in global health research. Pilot grants are often awarded to support a particular theme or emerging area of research, and DGHI frequently partners with other Duke entities in awarding the grants. To be selected, proposals must have good potential to earn external funding down the road.
  • Travel grants of $5,000, which are awarded twice a year, primarily to junior faculty, to support travel to a specific location. These grants are designed to allow faculty to explore the feasibility of starting a research project in a new location. They are open to all Duke faculty.
  • Visiting scholar grants, which help enable scholars from DGHI partner institutions to spend time at Duke. These grants allow DGHI faculty to bring colleagues from other parts of the world to campus to expand their knowledge or collaborate on projects.

External Funding

Consult the Duke Research Funding page for up-to-date information about funding opportunities.

Current Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Duke Global Health Institute and Kenan Institute for Ethics Pilot Research: Topics in Global Health Humanities

Rolling Deadline: April 15, 2024

In support of our Vision to “seek to achieve health equity for vulnerable groups and individuals around the world”, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and the Kenan Institute for Ethics (KIE) invite interdisciplinary teams led by faculty with a DGHI or KIE affiliation to submit research proposals that explore global health from a humanities/humanistic social sciences perspective. Applications should address how the pilot project will focus on health humanities and obtain critical data to support a broad range of scholarly outcomes in this field. This pilot funding announcement aligns with our mutual mission to combat health inequities, which are an affront to a just society and stand as one of the greatest moral challenges of our time.

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DGHI faculty list
KIE faculty list

Contact: Kelly Deal



Request for Proposals: Global Health Travel or Research Small Grants

Deadline: April 15, 2024

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) is pleased to offer small research support or travel grants of up to $5000 each to DGHI faculty and affiliates. Travel grants can be used to pursue global health research opportunities in low, lower- and upper- middle-income countries1 (a listing of eligible countries can be found at the World Bank website) OR focused on health disparities in the American South. These grants can also be used for research support, including publication fees, hiring professionals (eg editors) for proposal development, analytical support, postdoc/RA assistance – a resource that will enhance an investigator’s competitiveness in finding external research funding.

*Only DGHI faculty & affiliates are eligible

Contact: Kelly Deal



Request for Proposals: Global Health Enhancement Fund to Support International Partnerships

Rolling Deadline: May 13, 2024

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites proposals and ideas for strategic investments that strengthen partnerships and build capacity in collaboration with our institutional partners. Through this RFP, DGHI seeks to make one-time awards that will support growing collaborations by enhancing technical, financial or administrative capacity, with the larger goal of creating a more sustainable platform that will promote the shared mission of the partners. Examples of potential investments include developing support structures by way of IT (internet connectivity or videoconferencing capability), communications/website, office space to support activities of the partnership, data management, or in-country personnel to assist with various administrative functions. Proposals may also include support for conferences, workshops or skill-based training activities for local partner scientists, with the larger goal to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and reduce global health disparities. Proposals may involve more than one partnership. DGHI will prioritize proposals that have multidisciplinary components, and those applications that highlight how an initial investment may lead to and be sustained by subsequent funding sources, including the potential for shared resources with the collaborators.

Contact: Sarah Cao


DGHI Grants Team

DGHI’s grants team provides pre- and post-award support for faculty who have MOUs with the institute. If you have an established MOU with DGHI that gives you access to the grants team, contact a grants manager to discuss the pre- and post-award process. If you have questions about establishing an MOU with the institute, contact the DGHI director of operations.

Contact the Grants Team