Getting Started

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Joining the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search is the first step toward a lifetime of support for academically talented students.

Enrolling

There are two ways to enroll.

1. Online (preferred)

The fastest and easiest way to join the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search is to enroll through our enrollment site. You will receive access to your benefits immediately after completing your enrollment.

2. By mail

If you can’t enroll online, you can request a paper enrollment form from your school or by emailing 456talentsearch@tip.duke.edu. Be sure to include your US mailing address in the body of the email.

Additional instructions are included on the form, but please note that an email address is still required, and that it may take up to three weeks after you submit your application to receive access to your benefits.

The timeline

Enrollment is open from October 1 to March 31.

Some benefits—including the Writing and Illustration Contest, optional PSAT 8/9 testing, and TIP’s educational programs—only take place at certain times of the year. We recommend enrolling as early as possible so that you can take full advantage of them.

Benefit Paper Application Postmark Deadline Online Enrollment Deadline
1/19/2019 PSAT 8/9 Test date 11/28/2018 12/10/2018
2/9/2019 PSAT 8/9 Test date 12/26/2018 1/7/2019
2/10/2019 PSAT 8/9 Test date 12/26/2018 1/7/2019
Writing Contest Runs from 12/1/2018 to 1/18/2019
Illustration Contest Runs from 3/15/2019 to 4/15/2019