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CRISIS Applications Open

5th & 6th graders can apply now!

Welcome to Duke TIP

The Duke University Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that supports academically talented students in grades four through twelve. We offer above-grade-level testing, enrichment resources, year-round learning options, residential summer programs, online courses, and original research to supplement what students receive in school.

You're invited!

We're hosting a series of live, lunchtime webinars for parents and educators to learn more about the 7th Grade Talent Search. To hear more about taking the ACT or SAT, and to learn all about the benefits of joining the Duke TIP family, please register for one of the webinars below:

Date Time Registration Link
Wednesday, Feburary 19, 2020 12:30—1:00 p.m. (EST) View recording here.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 12:30—1:00 p.m. (EST) Register here.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 12:30—1:00 p.m. (EST) Register here.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 12:30—1:00 p.m. (EST) Register here.

Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a selective precollege scholarship, seeks high-performing 7th-grade students with financial need. The program cultivates scholars' talents and abilities throughout high school by providing individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation's $40,000-per-year college scholarship. The application deadline is March 23.

Join as a 4th–6th Grader

Enroll in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search to explore your academic talents, be celebrated for your accomplishments, discover research-backed advice, and connect with advanced educational programs.

Join as a 7th Grader

Enroll in the 7th Grade Talent Search to learn about your academic strengths, discover new interests, find essential advice, and connect with advanced educational programs.

Partnering with Schools

We work hand-in-hand with educators and school officials to expand the resources available for gifted students.

Open Educational Programs

We offer educational programs throughout the year—in the fall, spring, and summer. Both in-person and online programs are available. Here are the programs currently accepting applications.

Explore all programs

Summer Studies

Three-week residential program for high-achieving students in grades 7 through 10. Now accepting applications for grades 8 through 10.


Work with other gifted students to solve a mystery in this month-long, online experience. Grades 4 through 6.

Work with Us!

We hire for instructional, residential, and adminstrative positions for all of our programs. This job could change your life.

Activities for current TIP students

Testing, enrichment activities, ceremonies, and more—current TIP students have plenty of things going on throughout the year. Here's what's happening now.

ACT and SAT Scores

What do your scores mean? What can you do with them? What comes next? We can help.

PSAT 8/9 Scores

Students in the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search who took the PSAT 8/9 will receive their scores in the mail in mid- to late-April. The report will come from College Board, not Duke TIP, so be on the look-out for an envelope with their logo.

Upcoming Key Dates

February 29, 2020

PSAT 8/9 inclement weather make-up test date

4th–6th Grade Talent Search

March 1, 2020

PSAT 8/9 inclement weather make-up test date

4th–6th Grade Talent Search

March 12, 2020

Illustration Contest opens and Writing Contest winners announced

4th–6th Grade Talent Search

March 13, 2020

April ACT enrollment deadline

7th Grade Talent Search

March 14, 2020

SAT test date

7th Grade Talent Search

March 17, 2020

Application opens for 7th graders

Summer Studies

Research & Resources

We offer a variety of resources to support academically talented students, their families, and educators, including original research. Find what you need.

View our resources

Posts from Gifted Today

Find advice and research for parents and educators.

Video: Talking Gifted Education with Duke TIP’s Research and Evaluation Team

June 17, 2019

In a series of brief lightning talks, the Duke TIP Research and Evaluation team highlights relevant research findings on gifted and talented students. Topics include: professional and personal adulthood outcomes, academic options in high school, the importance of opportunity, role models, and more! This presentation took place the day of Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition Ceremony, […]

Correcting the Myths of Gifted Education

October 26, 2018

There are lots of very common theories about education that you've likely heard. But are any of them true?

The Duke TIP Podcast: “I think we need to live on a school bus.”

September 28, 2018

Meet Tina and Chris and their sons Elijah and Riley. They're a homeschooling TIP family that's decided to take their life on the road and live in a renovated school bus full-time. On this episode of the Duke TIP Podcast, we tell their story.

Just the Facts

There are a lot of myths about gifted education. Our research designed these handouts to help you cut through the noise.