NSOE PhD Small Grants

NSOE PhD Small Grants

Application information and instructions are detailed below. Please feel free to contact Tess Leuthner (tess.leuthner@duke.edu) or Seaver Wang (seaver.wang@duke.edu) with any questions you might have!

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Proposal Submission:

All application materials will be due no later than April 17th, 2017.

Application materials should be submitted via email to tess.leuthner@duke.edu and seaver.wang@duke.edu.

Proposals will be reviewed by a representative panel of Nicholas School faculty on the basis of scientific merit, innovation, feasibility, and the value of the proposed collaboration. Applicants will be notified in late April whether their proposed projects have been selected for funding.

Only one application should be submitted per proposed project–individual collaborators need not submit separate applications.


While the amount of funding awarded will differ based on the scope of submitted proposals, awards are envisioned to range between $500-$1500 per project. Awardees are required to present their collaborative work at the Nic School Research Symposium next fall!


One project co-investigator must be enrolled in an NSOE-PhD program. NPAC envisions the Small Grants Program to be fully compatible with other existing and potential sources of funding. We recommend that you also pursue opportunities offered by complementary funding sources from Duke, such as the Office for Interdisciplinary Studies, Bass Connections, or Data+.  For more information on these programs please see below:

Graduate Student Training Enhancement Grants (GSTEG) and Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN).

See link for additional information- Individual Entries Only: Graduate Student Training Enhancement (GSTEG) Grants

See link for additional information- Group Entries Only: Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Network (D-SIGN) Grants

Bass connections: https://bassconnections.duke.edu/

Data+: http://bigdata.duke.edu/data (which is part of “Big Data” Duke)

Receipt of complementary funding from other sources will increase the likelihood that your proposal is funded by the Small Grants Program.

Please make it clear in your application if you have applied for any of these other grant programs.
Program Goals:

These grants are intended to foster peer collaboration across disciplines that have the potential to enhance or complement the work of participating collaborators beyond what they would be able to individually achieve. Due to the limited amount of funding available, proposed projects should be realistic in scope. Potential opportunities for collaborative projects on such a scale might include:

  • Collecting novel data for a project related to, but not currently part of your thesis, and thereby adding your collaborator’s perspective to your research while giving your project greater scope by incorporating data and methods from another area.
  • Incorporating a collaborator’s policy research or risk assessment data to jointly expand upon the implications of a scientific finding.
  • Funding access to computing resources to apply your lab-derived environmental relationship to your collaborator’s regional ecology model.
  • And much, much more.