Basset Fund

The Basset Fund awards grants to student-organized projects or public events related to the arts, media, and communications, undergraduate publications, and intellectual pursuits in general. The broad goal is to expand student exposure to the fine arts, humanities, sciences, politics, and any other interesting endeavors. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and an itemized budget needs to be included with each application.

Campus Council Fund

The Campus Council Fund distributes a $40,000 budget for residential events ranging from large events in the quad to lecture series. Any individual student or group can provide for Campus Council funding for events in residence halls, the Plaza, or residential quads.

Kenan Institute for Ethics Campus Grants

The Kenan Institute for Ethics awards grants of up to $500 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. The Campus Grants program provides support for speakers, workshops, meetings, curriculum development, publications, organizational collaborations, and other activities.

Kenan-Biddle Partnership

The Kenan-Biddle Partnership offers $5,000 grants to accepted project proposals that enhance the intellectual life at both universities by strengthening established or encouraging new collaborations between Duke and UNC. Each project proposal must have a student or students who serve as the project initiator. Proposals should be designed to stimulate collaborative arts, sciences and humanities projects between the two universities.

The Leadership Development & Conference Travel Fund

The Leadership Development & Conference Travel Fund is available to undergraduates who seek financial support to participate in leadership conferences and activities (e.g. conferences, workshops, training) that relate to their current roles in the Duke community and benefit their overall Duke experience. A reimbursement of up to $150.00 is typically awarded on a one-time per academic year basis. No more than two students will receive funding to attend the same program and the fund is not available for academic-related travel or competitions/tournaments without a workshop or conference component.

SOFC Funding

The Student Organization Finance Committee will fund events held on campus by a DSG chartered or recognized group. Undergraduates must be the primary demographic of the event and all undergraduates must be allowed to attend for free. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before the scheduled event and will be reviewed by the SOFC. SOFC does not fund handouts such as t-shirts or other giveaway items.

The University and Cultural Fund

The University Fund is available to student organizations to support programming that benefits undergraduate students and their experience. The Cultural Fund is aimed to support student groups with a rich history of cultural programming on campus. To apply for these funds, the organization must be formally recognized or chartered by the University and have an assigned fund code in OSAF.

Duke Center For Science Education Outreach Grant
In an effort to promote civic engagement and community outreach, the Duke Center For Science Education is offering grants of $500-1500 to student teams that can develop hands-on activities for children in Grades 5-8. Each year, teams focus on a new theme and develop interactive activities for students. Each team must consist of at least two students and one faculty advisor.

ChangeWorks Social Innovation Competition
The ChangeWorks Competition offers Duke undergraduates the chance to win at least $5000 for ideas that spark social change. The aim is to address social issues both on and off-campus through non-profit and/or for-profit business ventures. A 500-word application proposal must be submitted to the ChangeWorks site in the Spring and then Duke students vote on their favorite idea. Finalists present their idea to a panel of judges and a student audience and prizes are awarded for 1st-4th place.

Duke Student Wellness Center (DU WELL) Micro-Grants
The purpose of DU WELL micro grants ($100-500) is to support students and organizations that take leadership roles in promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness on campus and in the community on an event-to-event basis. Events must be alcohol free and supportive of promoting wellness on campus to be eligible for funding. Applications should be submitted at least one month in advance and are evaluated on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

Stay In Focus Follow-Up Grant
The Duke Stay In Focus Grant provides up to $500 in funding for students or groups of students who have completed a FOCUS program to partner with a faculty advisor to research, design, and execute a creative project on almost any topic. Every project must be sponsored by at least one FOCUS faculty member and recipients of the grant are expected to present at the yearly Trinity College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate research symposium.

Career Center Internship Funding Program
The Career Center Internship Program aims to reduce financial challenges associated with unpaid internships and field work while promoting the expansion of opportunities available for rising Duke sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded in the Spring through an application process for domestic and international projects that take place in the summer.

Duke Green Grant Fund
Executive Vice President Tallman Trask has allocated nearly $50,000 for student and/or staff and faculty led projects to make Duke’s campus “green.” Any student group or organization can apply and the focus of the grant is to reduce the environmental impact of Duke’s campus or health system. Applications are handled on a rolling basis and cannot be applied for retroactively.


URS Independent Study Grants
The URS offers $400 towards research expenses for Trinity and Pratt students in faculty-supervised independent study courses. Applications must include a statement of faculty support.