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Learn more about all of TIP's talent searches, educational programs, and other offerings.

What Is 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.

Now enrolling for Summer Studies

Qualified students in grades seven through ten can now apply!

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Join as a 4th–6th Grader

The 4th–6th Grade Talent Search helps students discover, explore, and celebrate their interests through enrichment activities, resources, and optional testing.

Join as a 7th Grader

Members of the 7th Grade Talent Search learn about their talents by taking the ACT or SAT and receive resources to support their development.

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 that are currently accepting applications.

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Summer Studies

Make lifelong friends and take the equivalent of a semester-long college course at this three-week program. Grades 7–10. Qualifying scores apply.


This one-week residential program lets students take on a new profession to solve a hypothetical community crisis. Grades 5 and 6.

Field Studies

At this two-week program, students utilize leading resources in hands-on, experiential courses. Grades 9–12.

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 testing

What test centers are available? What do you need to bring on test day? What kind of test prep should you do? We can help.

PSAT 8/9 Testing

Wondering whether your student should take the PSAT 8/9? Need to find a test center or get information for test day? Start here.

Writing Contest is open!

The annual Duke TIP Writing Contest for 4th–6th Grade Talent Search members is now open!

Upcoming Key Dates

March 19, 2019

Application opens for grade 7

Summer Studies

March 23, 2019 to March 24, 2019

Scholar Weekends at Rollins College

Scholar Weekends

March 23, 2019

Academic Adventures at Duke University

Academic Adventures

March 27, 2019

May SAT online enrollment deadline

7th Grade Talent Search

March 30, 2019 to March 31, 2019

Scholar Weekends at University of Georgia

Scholar Weekends

March 30, 2019

Academic Adventures at Wichita Collegiate School

Academic Adventures

Research & Resources

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

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Posts from Gifted Today

Find advice and research for parents and educators.

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.

Ask the Experts: Redirecting a Demotivated Gifted Student

May 17, 2018

TIP’s Gifted Education Specialist, Rick Courtright, responds to a parent who asks about how to get an underachieving gifted high schooler back on track.

Just the Facts

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