Beth-BlackwoodCurrently 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 grant are to strengthen research opportunities for students interested in developing, implementing and working in human rights. Special consideration is given to students whose research projects contribute to a senior thesis or project. Grants are available of up to $2,000.

NOTE: Due to the pandemic, all students must conduct research remotely in your home this summer. Please fill out your application with this in mind. 

Eligibility and Criteria

Students from all backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Graduating seniors or graduate students in their final year at Duke are not eligible.

Students must be directed by a member of the Duke University faculty and conducted over a period no less than 2 weeks during the summer. Students are expected to be in frequent contact with their advisors and the DHRC@FHI throughout the duration of the project.

This year the grant will NOT support domestic or international travel or equipment.

Projects involving interactions with human subjects online will need approval from the Duke Institutional Review Board. Read more.


Download the application. Send your completed application to as a word document.  In addition to the application, you will need to request a letter of support from your Duke faculty mentor. This should be sent directly to All applications and letters of support due by March 1, 2021. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 15, 2021.

Previous Grant Recipients

Read about previous grant recipients and their projects.