Spring 2017 Awards, Grants, & Scholarships

The Franklin Center’s area studies programs support and administer several awards, grants, and scholarships for Duke undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Below is a list of opportunities all with upcoming deadlines. Click the links for more information and to apply.


This merit-based scholarship supports full-time students in the Duke in China summer program. Preference is given to students demonstrating a strong and sustained interest in Chinese and China Studies as well as those with no other sources of financial aid. 

Faculty needing assistance to cover travel expenses for presenting on East or Southeast Asian topics at conferences and professional meetings may apply for up to $700 from APSI.

Provides graduate students working on international research topics with funding for travel to archival and research sites inside and outside the continental United States, for attendance at specialized conferences, or for foreign language & methods training. Awards range from $500 to $2,500.

Provides funding for full-time Duke undergraduate students to complement their classwork with research experience in different social and cultural settings. On average, DUCIGS makes five awards of up to $2,000 each annually.

With funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education, DUMESC invites undergraduates and graduate students to apply for the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. The awards provide stipends of $2,500 each plus remission of tuition and registration fees up to $5,000 for one summer session. DUMESC awards FLAS fellowships for the study of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu.

Full-time graduate and professional school students who are US citizens or permanent residents may apply to engage in language and area studies training on Latin America and Caribbean.  Priority:  Less commonly taught languages. 


This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students who conduct research in other countries, in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. The student’s application must be submitted through the appropriate channels at his/her university, and transmitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) by the university’s Project Director.

APSI provides merit-based tuition fellowships to East Asian Studies MA students. All students applying to the program are considered for first-year funding during the application process; no separate application is needed. Students should apply for the second-year award of a $10,000, one-semester grant in the spring semester of their first year.

These awards provide opportunities for Duke undergraduates to complement class work with research experience in Latin America and the Caribbean (includes Puerto Rico and US-Mexico border region).  The awards are open to all fields and subjects.  Approximately 10 awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 each will be offered. 

This grant supports student projects with the goal of furthering Asian-American understanding, as well as funding need-based grants for students to study in Asia. Duke undergraduate and graduate students may apply.

Special consideration will be given to projects connected with Asian-American relations, Asian-American cultural or legal issues, and women’s issues, but any project designed to meet a need and which encourages student leadership initiative will be considered.

Limited funding is available to full-time Duke students who plan to go to Japan or Korea to study a language. Priority is given to students who 1) wish to continue language study after finishing Duke University’s language requirement of three semesters, 2) are majoring or minoring in Japanese, Korean, or AMES, and 3) have arranged affiliations with local institutions in Japan or Korea.

The maximum award will be $1500.

The award is not need-based; however, should the recipient be on financial aid, the amount of the scholarship will be used to reduce the self-help portion of the financial aid award. The award is given to the student(s) who best embody the ideals and interests that Sirena held. Preference for the award will be given to students who:

• Are of Asian ancestry, preferably Chinese-American
• Have made a valuable contribution in the area of East-West culture, and
• Have demonstrated academic excellence

Full-time Duke sophomores and juniors may receive up to $2,500 to conduct research in China, Japan or Korea. Priority will be given to students who 1) will conduct research for a senior thesis; 2) whose projects have a high probability of developing into a senior thesis, and 3) who have done some preliminary work and have arranged affiliations with local institutions for the research.


Grants of up to $3,000 are given to support research beginning in the summer and concluding by June 30 of the following year. Priority will be given to:

• Junior faculty or those with low/no alternate funding sources

• Faculty needing to travel to conduct East or Southeast Asia research

• Faculty who have not recently received APSI funding

• Faculty who have done conspicuous service for APSI


APSI annually provides up to $3,000 in funding for research clusters that promote interdisciplinary and cross-cultural inquiry and collaboration among East and Southeast Asian studies faculty and students at Duke University and other Triangle area universities.



Tainan, City Pluriferent

Speaker: David Liu, Ph.D.

Visitors to Taiwan never miss Taipei, its capital for over a century, but the older counterpart Tainan gets unjustly missed as a global city. This talk is a Sebaldian exercise in narrating Professor Liu’s native city “from the outside.” Playing with Gilles Deleuze’s notions of the virtual/actual and exo-/endo-consistency, Liu will weave a diegetical tapestry of that city through its wealth of (trans)historical vectors to/from all over the world. These vectors also give occasions for tangents and excursuses by which to meditate on the porous MULTIPLICITY of such a locale as its myriad relations equally external and internal. This is what Professor Liu wants to show of Tainan’s “pluriference.”

To begin at the macro-level, we should know that Tainan and its ambient island are the product of a geological split from the Eurasian landmass 10,000 years ago, which later launched the Great Migration through the Indian-Pacific waters from Madagascar (from which the city’s official tree hails) to the Easter Islands. Then in the 17th century, the native Sirayans of Taiyouan (later Taiwan or Tainan/Tai-lam) came under the control of the Dutch and then the transplanted remnant of the Ming Chinese. The former’s cultural loss, not unlike that seen in the Americas, was accompanied both by the extinction of the Ming line and the preservation of the much older Han dynastic clan, to which Liu belongs. (Analogies come to mind of the Stuart line dying off in Rome, and the Confucian house surviving even into Communist China.) These shifts occurred in the course of successive rule by the Qing (1682-1895), Japanese Empire (1895-1945) and Republic of China (1945-) – and resistance thereto. At the same time, the retreat of the Dutch in 1662 also evokes a meditation on the related fates of New Amsterdam (New York) and Batavia (Jakarta), both crucial to the building of their global capitalist empire, and the vicissitudes of local Hokkien products like tea and “ketchup,” which went West a fish brine and came back a tomato sauce, and their syncopated potencies in history.

The inevitably creole character of Tainan (not unlike that of Hong Kong, Macau and Malacca) both as city and synecdoche of Taiwan, can be seen in its robust preservation of Ming Chinese heritage (often lost on the Mainland) along with contemporary high tech and agriculture and global cultural reach – with the largest collection of superb antique violins of Italy; a revival of Sirayan language and promotion of written Hokkien Chinese, with edgy models of its native literature coming NOT from China, but from Turkey, France and Central Europe; and a slate of sister/friendly cities from all continents yet indicative of the diplomatic precariousness of the country. Among these are several from the US, STILL the official occupying power from WWII empowered to issue territorial passports to citizens of the derecognized ROC. What will come of the city’s – and the island’s – future out of this pool of intensities, is a quite open matter.

What such a differential web of ties presents is an exo-consistency of lines and surfaces sutured to an endo-consistency, the virtual with the actual, in a perforated spatio-temporality. That, in turn, suggests a new way of discerning the ontology of cities no less than other things. Of Tainan itself, we might say that its complex profile intones not simply the resurgent Phoenix City of its sobriquet, but of a floating abode, ever extending and renovating its pluriference.

David Liu is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies, where he also received his PhD before teaching at NCSU and back at Duke. Before coming to Durham, David also spent time learning and researching in Tokyo, Rome and Jerusalem. His work ranges from theory of religion, Continental and transcultural philosophy, to aesthetics and critical new media studies. As a social entrepreneur, David is also starting a new institute in Rome called Mangroves. Long “exiled” from his hometown of Tainan, Taiwan, he is personally interested in thinking about that city “from the outside.”

This event is presented by the John Hope Franklin Center, and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies. A light lunch will be served. Parking is available in nearby Trent Rd. and Erwin Rd. parking decks. The series provides 1 hour parking vouchers to guests.