Campus Grants

The Campus Grants program allows members of the Duke community to incorporate ethics into their own work. Grants of up to $500 are available to all members of the Duke community—students, faculty, and staff—to support initiatives that promote ethical or moral reflection, deliberation, and dialogue at Duke and beyond.

We welcome diverse perspectives and submissions from organizations and individuals in all areas of the University and the Medical Center. Campus Grant funding provides support for speakers, workshops, meetings, curriculum development, publications, organizational collaborations, and other activities. Travel grants for attending conferences or other individual activities will not be awarded. 

How to apply

  • Grant applications should be concise and should include full details of your plans. Submissions will be evaluated by a selection committee of Institute staff, who will judge each application on the project budget, alignment with Institute priorities and plans for promoting ethical deliberation and dialogue, evidence of project need, and plans for publicity, among other criteria.
  • Applications for these grants are reviewed twice each academic year. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Deadlines for the fall and spring cycle are normally November 1 and February 15.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their request within a few weeks of the submission deadline. Organizations already receiving ongoing and sustaining support from the Kenan Institute for Ethics are not eligible to apply for these grants. An organization (or representative thereof) or individual may receive only one grant in any given academic year.

For Fall 2014 consideration, please submit the application (PDF or Word doc) by 11:59pm November 1 to Michaela Dwyer.


Congratulations to the winner of the Spring 2014 Campus Grant Award:

Christina Schmidt, WISER Duke
Women’s Institute of Secondary Education and Research (WISER) is a community development organization focusing on the social empowerment of underprivileged girls through education and health. The grant will assist in bringing teachers from the WISER school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya to campus to meet with faculty and students to discuss issues such as the protection of human rights through health and education and the effectiveness of international development initiatives.

Fall 2013 Awardees

 Julie Martin / Belonging and Well-Being in the Context of College Life
A second year student in the Social Psychology PhD program, Martin plans to “carry out a research project that examines how participation in the sorority recruitment process affects women’s well-being (self-esteem, belonging, anxiety, etc.), in both the short and long term.”

Sarah Garrahan / Inquietudes
Garrahan is a graduate student in the Masters of Fine Arts program in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Housed in a mobile food truck, the multi-channel mixed-media installation will highlight issues facing food workers, including access to a living wage, benefits, undocumented labor, racism, and the “historic ignorance of rich culinary contributions.”

Spring 2013 Awardees

Alana Jackson / Program II in Intersections of Public Health and the Arts

For a performance of dance, compositions, songs, and spoken word as a culminating event from an exploration of the intersections of public health and the performing arts. Inspiration for the pieces will come from participation with the Health Arts Network at Duke and experience serving a population with Parkinson’s disease through a Dance For Parkinson’s Class Series.

Liliana Paredes and Rebecca Ewing / Spanish Language Program
For a panel talk on Immigration, Culture, Sports, & Ethics as part of the Intensive Spanish Summer Institute. A group of experts including Paul Cuadros, Hannah Gill, and Gwendolyn Oxenham will discuss the role of soccer to bridge borders, and the ethical implications of sports in the context of social equity.

Fall 2012 Awardees

Trent Chiang / Duke Undergraduate Bioethics Society
For a collaboration between the Duke Undergraduate Bioethics Society and its counterpart at UNC, to engage students from both schools in the field of bioethics. Activities will include an annual conference, monthly colloquia, and an annual publication.

Kelly Heo / Amnesty International
For a talk by two adolescent North Korean refugees, aiming to demystify commonly held assumptions about North Korea and its citizens. The speakers will discuss their experiences in North Korea, as well as what it means to be a North Korean refugee in South Korea.

Cameron Thompkins / Me Too Monologues
The Me Too Monologues are an annual documentary-theatre performance about identity that is written, performed, and produced by members of the Duke community.

William Wittels / Political Science
For “Machiavelli at 500,” a two-day academic conference on Machiavelli that seeks to showcase the impact of the writer’s work on the western intellectual tradition, highlight the debates inspired by different reactions to Machiavelli within and between various disciplines, and feature Machiavelli’s relevance for contemporary politics.