AlixCurrently enrolled Duke undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for summer research funding from the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI. The goals of the grants are to strengthen research opportunities for students interested in developing, implementing and working in human rights. Grants are available of up to $3,000.


  • The grant application is open to all Duke graduate students and undergraduates in their first, second or third year of study.
  • Students of all backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

  • A two-page proposal outlining the project. Include a summary of your research goals, a timeline, the purpose of the research (for instance, an honors thesis) your research on it so far (class papers or internships), proposed dates and a budget.
  • Letter of reference from a faculty member, as a professor or academic advisor
  • Resume
  • Awardees must also attend an initial meeting to share their research goals on Thursday, April 24 at 2pm.


  • Four blog posts over the summer (2-3 paragraphs of text and at least 2 photos per post). Posts will also be included in the DHRC@FHI newsletter.
  • Weekly tweeting and posting updates on Facebook.
  • In the fall semester, schedule a time to be video interviewed about your research for the DHRC@FHI website.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1

Send applications to


The 2013 recipients of summer research funding included five undergraduate and four graduate students exploring a variety of human rights issues around the world.


Anastasia Karklina (’14) traveled to Ghana and Israel to conduct comparative studies of a historically marginalized minority sect, Ahmadiyya Islam, focusing on Islamic theology and non-violent conflict resolution. Click here for Karklina’s article on “Halalgoogling and the Censorship of Ahmadiyya Islam.” To find out more about Anastasia’s research, watch this video.

Lucy Dicks-Mireaux (’15) traveled to Washington, D.C., and New York City to interview representatives from the United Nations, World Bank, USAID, the State Department, and human rights and technology NGOs to understand how trends in Intellectual Property Law often conflict with human rights.

Fei Gao (’14) conducted a trans-regional study on organizations working on labor and human rights issues in China. Click here to see how Fei’s research is contributing to her thesis.

Beth BlackwoodElizabeth Blackwood (’14) used “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland as a case study for her research on the role of museums in the historical memory of partition and conflict. Her interest in this topic was sparked by her experience in the DukeEngage program in Belfast in summer 2012.

Amanda Hughett explored grassroots activism and criminal justice politics in North Carolina between 1968-1994.

Yakein Abdelmagid explored alternative art networks and citizenship rights in Egypt.

Sophie Smith explored the roles of local residents and humanitarian aid organizations in supporting migration across the U.S./Mexico Border.

In cooperation with the DHRC@FHI, the Nicholas School program on human rights and the environment sponsored two research grants:

Nicole Bautista (’16), as a member of the student organization Project HEAL (Health Education and Awareness in Latin America), traveled with other Duke students to El Porvenir, Honduras, to test for contamination in local water sources and to raise community awareness about short and long-term solutions. Click here to find out what she discovered.

Alix Blair, as a part of her master’s degree thesis, traveled to Uganda to explore how the empowerment of women to protect the environment can facilitate peace-building in post-conflict areas.

Click here to read the full article that was published in DukeToday.