Student Funding Opportunities

The Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration (PCRM) provides funding for full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University to work on research topics related to climate change and migration, to attend relevant conferences, or to organize public engagement activities. Funding requests may include costs of research materials, domestic and international travel, and other directly related expenses. All expenses should have a clear justification in the Project Statement.

Average awards range from $250 to $1500, depending upon the activity or project. Applicants are encouraged to apply for additional awards from Duke and other sources. Please note that your budget should include the total cost of the project and not just that portion requested from PCRM.

Funding Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with initial decisions made for submissions received by 1 February, 2023. The number of awards is subject to the availability of funds in the next fiscal year.

Funding Eligibility

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at Duke University during the academic year in which the award is used.

Application Instructions

Please complete and submit the online application here. Included in your application, you will submit the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Project Statement (one to two pages) indicating:

-Title of the proposed project

-Description of research/activities

-Plans and general timeline

-Significance of proposed project for future research

  • Itemized Budget
  • Curriculum Vitae (for graduate students) or Personal Statement (for undergraduate students)
  • A Supporting Letter from a faculty member who is familiar with your academic work (submitted directly from faculty member via Qualtrics (Have faculty e-mail supporting letter to
  • Confirmation of International Travel Registration [ ] for all international travel
  • Letter of invitation from organizing/partner institution, if applicable
  • IRB approval (not required upon proposal submission, but required to receive award if applicable)

Student Funding Submissions

(Duke Students Only)

Submission Deadline: Rolling Submission

Additional Funding Notes

Foreign Nationals: Be aware that your award will be assessed a 34% tax. A Form-1099 will be issued in December, which will enable you to file for its return at the start of the next calendar year.

Note about research involving human subjects: For graduate and professional school students whose proposed research involves human subjects, you should be aware that it is necessary for you to obtain approval of your research from the Institutional Review Board.  Please consult with the Office of Research Support about the policies concerning research with human subjects at Duke University.  Information can be found on the Office of Research Support website at . 

Note about Duke’s COVID-19 Travel Policy: If you are awarded a Graduate Award that involves travel, it will be necessary for you to complete all requirements for approval of your international travel in accordance with the current Duke Global Travel Policy and COVID-19 Addendum, including via the Duke Travel Registry.  The approval process is not automatic and can take time, so you are encouraged to begin this process at the time of application for the research grant.  Do not wait until you receive an award notification.  No fellowship funds can be released until the necessary registry and approval requirements have been fulfilled.  This is a University rule.

Please consult with Global Administrative Travel Support at, if you are considering research-related travel and have any specific travel-related questions.


Please e-mail any questions to

Funding Acknowledgement

The Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration is supported through the generosity of Duke University’s Office of the Provost and Office for Global Affairs.

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