Application Instructions

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Important dates for spring 2018

The application for the spring 2018 term is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the summer 2018 term on April 4, 2018.


Application opens

November 27

Full payment due

One week after placement   

Final program details emailed to families    

January 25

Parent open house (virtual)

February 7, 8 p.m. ET


February 8–March 11

Please read these instructions carefully.  

Step 1: Identify and rank your preferred cases.

You will be enrolled in one case for the entire term, so identify up to nine cases you are interested in and rank them from most preferred to least preferred. The more choices you indicate, the better your chances are to be accepted to the program. However, please only list cases in which you are willing to accept placement. Listing only one choice does not increase your chances of being placed.

If your first choice is unavailable, you will be placed in your next highest-ranked available option or wait-listed if none of your cases are available. Wait-listing is common at Duke TIP, given the high number of applications we receive each year. Many Duke TIP students placed on our wait-list end up attending eInvestigators each year, especially those who are flexible about which cases they will accept.

Step 2: Apply online.

eInvestigators cases are very popular and often fill quickly, so please be sure to apply early. However, we know that not all families are in a position to apply at 9 a.m. the day our application period opens. Because of that, we process applications in daily batches, regardless of the time they are submitted. Applications are date-stamped, not time-stamped. This means all applications received on a given day are given equal consideration, whether they are received at 9 a.m. or 11:59 p.m. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance to eInvestigators.

Step 3: Review your application for completeness and accuracy.

Admissions decisions and course placements will not be made until Duke TIP has received all components of your application. Make sure your completed application contains the following:

  • student application, including case rankings and participation agreement
  • student and parent signatures
  • parent email account (required for participation)
  • $10 nonrefundable application fee
  • financial aid application with required tax forms and documentation, if applicable (the financial aid application is available through the online program application)

eInvestigators is a month-long online program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders that takes place each year in the spring, summer, and fall. Using leading-edge instructional technology, participants collaborate with a small group of classmates and an expert Lead Investigator to collect clues about a real-life mystery, analyze evidence, and propose theories.