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. 

The Campus Grants call is now open on a rolling basis.  

If you need a funding decision for your project or event made prior to the deadline, please indicate so with your application, and we will do our best to accommodate.

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Application information

  • 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 on a rolling basis until annual funds are expended. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.
  • 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.

AY 2016-17 Awardees

Jess Issacharoff | Polygraph: An International Journal of Culture and Politics
Polygraph is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary journal run by an editorial collective comprised of 15 graduate students from several departments at Duke including Literature, English, and Cultural Anthropology. The two issues for which funding was requested, “Polygraph 26: Pleasure and Suspicion” and “Polygraph 27: Neoliberalism and Social Reproduction,” engage ethical issues relating to sexuality, reproductive labor, migration and exploitation.

James Wang | Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit
The 2017 CLS conference, “China as a Responsible Stakeholder,” focuses on human rights and cyber security. The program aims to forge more productive and collaborative Sino-U.S. relationships by bringing 120 of the most promising student delegates from Duke, UNC and other American and Chinese universities together in lively academic and cross-cultural exchange. All lectures and panels are open to the Duke Community.

Gino Nuzzolillo | Behrooz Ghamari Lecture
Behrooz Ghamari is Professor of History and Sociology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Through a public lecture and engagement with freshman students in the Middle East and Islam and Humanitarian Challenges FOCUS Clusters and Neighborhood 1 on East Campus, he will share his experience during the Iranian Revolution. The author of two previous books, Islam and Dissent in Postrevolutionary Iran and Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, his talk will focus on his most recent work, Remembering Akbar.

Giulia Ricco | Contemporary Nonfiction Writing on Catastrophe
Professor of Brazilian literature Nicola Gavioli (FIU) will discuss questions of ethical responsibilities when writing about catastrophes, and the ways in which we can use these types of texts in a classroom to teach ethics and empathy. Using research on bioethics and literature, Gavioli offers an original approach to the humanities, opening space to talk about ethics and empathy in a classroom setting using texts that represent catastrophic and tragic events. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Spring 2016 Awardees

Yemi Adewuyi | Sacrificial Poets Reunion
Duke’s Spoken Verb will bring in spoken artists CJ Suitt, G Yamazawa, and Kane Smego to campus for a night of poetry and a panel discussion, March 26.  The poets are founding members of Sacrificial Poets, the largest youth slam poetry organization in the Triangle Area.

Rachael Karasik | Template for Providing Access to Local NC Seafood to Low Income Communities
Rachael Karasik’s capstone Master’s project addresses concerns related food security, decision-making, public health and behavioral changes engaging students in a seafood sample preparation process.

Daniel Camacho | From Sit-Ins to Hashtags: Navigating Activism Before and After Social Media
Panel Conversation on navigating activism before and after social media featuring Asian-American activist Suey Park and former Duke student activist Dr. Brenda Armstrong.

Kati Henderson | Ambiguously Human
Public discussions about what defines the “human” as opposed to “thing,” using investigations across disciplines and media.

Fall 2015 Awardees

Lynn Zhang | Harmonizing Health Care: Bridging the Empathy Gap
This series aims to provide students with an opportunity to bridge the invisible empathy gap between healthcare receivers and health care providers via talks from peer patients, professors from health and psychology fields, and doctors from Duke Hospital.

Rinzin Dorjee | Understanding ‘Boedpa’: Identity and Displacement among Tibetan Refugees in Kathmandu, Nepal 
Rinzin will travel to Nepal to document the lives and plight of Tibetan refugees.  She will share her findings with a short video-journal documentary and a photo exhibit of approximately 100 portraits with narratives to promote inter-student dialogue, discussion and awareness about the challenges that thousands of refugees face as displaced Tibetans, and shed light on the dynamics of resettlement.

Won-Young Choi | Vision for North Korea
Vision for North Korea will host a Painting Exhibit of North Korean landscapes by North Korean artists.  The exhibition will be framed around human rights issues and open with a guest speaker to discuss the topic.

Sam Bagg | The Graduate Conference in Political Theory
This conference will be held at Duke in February 2016 and feature papers that relate to ethics, ethical theory, and ethical practice in global perspective.

Lauren Carley | Duke University Biology Department Women in Science Committee
The Duke Biology Women in Science Committee will host Dr. Doudna, a professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkley, in the Spring 2016 semester.  Dr. Doudna will give a research-based seminar related to ethical issues, including human rights, regulation of science, and intellectual property rights.

Spring 2015 Awardees

Laura Florand | Romance Studies & Katharine Brophy Dubois | History & Religious Studies
UNSUITABLE” is an event series that brings successful romance industry professionals and scholars to Duke to unpack issues surrounding gender, power, emotion, love as they occur in popular romance fiction today.

Project Wild
Step Into the WILD is an annual wilderness trip to Pisgah National Forest bringing together Duke undergraduates and Durham high school students for a three-day experience emphasizing team-building, leadership development, personal challenge, and environmental awareness.

Junghoon Lee | Duke Partners in Diversity
Partners in Diversity, a new student organization, will engage Korean academic Soyeong Pae with faculty and students to discuss issues such as the protection of human rights and linguistic development for immigrant children as well government’s regulatory policy.

Fall 2014 Awardees

Reem Alfahad | DukeEngage/Proyecto Boston-Medellín
Undergraduate artists from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellín collaborated with DukeEngage students to develop an art exhibition that will tour the United States this spring, the fourth iteration of Proyecto Boston-Medellín (PBM). The team will bring these artists to Duke to engage campus with a transnational, multilingual artistic conversation on the ethics of artistic autonomy, story telling, movement with the story, and reclaiming narratives.

Jonna McKone | MFA Program in Experimental and Documentary Arts
McKone, a second-year MFA student, is creating a site-specific sound installation in Siler City, NC, that is an extension of a multi-year film project that documents people laboring in low wage jobs after the unexpected shuttering of a region’s long-time industry. Through interweaving oral histories, historical text, lost and found sounds from the region, the experimental audio documentary explores socioeconomic isolation in rural areas and the distancing effects of globalization. 

Jenna Strucko | Center for Documentary Studies
The founders of Kao Jai Coffee—a single-origin coffee company that directly sources coffee from Thailand farmers at a farmer-satisfied price—will visit campus to discuss the implications of incorporating ethical structure into a for-profit business plan, as well as how the practical applications of an ethically driven business model function in day-to-day operations and business development.

Avery Waite, Sierra Smucker, Dr. Kristin Goss | Sanford School of Public Policy
The team’s study, “Millennial Women’s Attitudes Toward Gender-Based Organizing,” aims to understand why women’s organizations seem less appealing to younger women than to their foremothers. The team will conduct 100 in-depth interviews interested to highlight the similarities and differences in the perspectives of women from different educational backgrounds.

Spring 2014 Awardees

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.