Duke Funded Opportunities

Co-Curricular Opportunities Funded by Duke

Benenson Awards in the Arts

Purpose: For undergraduates who plan to pursue a career in the arts or creative industries to cover fees, travel and other educational expenses for arts-centered projects

Eligibility: Undergraduate students

Time Frame: The project must be completed by the end of the calendar year in which it is granted. Project development can continue past the summer but at the start of the fall semester you will be asked to submit a reflection and related media.

Funding: Ranged from $600-$4,500 with an average award size of $1,800


Purpose: For undergraduates who have yet to obtain tech related work experience with real-world experience to help obtain an industry internship the following summer.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students

Time Frame: Full-time 10-week project based program

Funding: $5,000 living stipend

Co-Lab Innovation Grants

Purpose: To encourage and support students who want to build and experiment with new technology. Works directly with a representative who serves as a project manager and advisor, one-on-one, to help you develop your project, from start to distribution.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students

Time Frame: Rolling


Purpose: For students who have some computer science experience. Welcome and encourage applications from rising 2nd and 3rd year students who have completed the introductory course sequence in computer science and have skills and interests that make them a good fit for their projects.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students

Time Frame: Full-time ten-week research

Funding: $5,000 living stipend


Purpose: For students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, collaborating with other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science

Eligibility: Undergraduate and master’s students

Time Frame: Full-time ten-week research

Funding: $5,000 living stipend

Dean's Summer Research Fellowships

Purpose: For mentored summer research projects

Eligibility: Trinity students, with the exception of graduating seniors. Pratt students with second major in Trinity.

Time frame: Three weeks minimum duration

Funding: Maximum of $3,000

Kenan Summer Fellows

Purpose: Fellows spend a summer exploring in a variety of ways the answer to the question: “What does it mean to live an ethnical life?”

Eligibility: Undergraduate students in their 1st or 2nd year of study at the time of application; preference given to Ethics & Society Certificate students.

Time Frame: Full-time

Funding: $5,000 living stipend

Libraries Summer Research Grants

Purpose: Provides financial support to first-generation and/or low-income undergraduate students to support original library research.

Eligibility: First generation or low-income undergraduates.

Time Frame: Summer

Funding:  Maximum $4500

Open Design+

Purpose: Inspired by open source software and development communities, open design is a variation of design thinking that emphasizes the ethical implications of how and what we design.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students

Time Frame: Full-time Summer Term II 

Funding: $3,000 living stipend


Purpose: For students interested in exploring humanities research approaches (archival research, oral histories, narrative analysis, visual analysis, and more). The program combines research with an emphasis on storytelling for different public audiences.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students

Time Frame: Full-time six-week research

Funding: up to $3,000 living stipend for undergraduate; up to $2,500 for graduate students receiving stipend or travel support

Student Founders Program

Purpose: For students interested creating a product or service, testing a pilot, and someday launching their own venture—whether commercial, social artistic, or beyond. Students at any phase of the innovation process are welcome to apply, including those with no background in innovation or entrepreneurship.

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students

Time Frame: Semester

Funding: The program will provide small prototyping grants. All students and teams with a successful pilot will be considered for the Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs program (by invitation only), which confers additional funding and opportunities.