Application Instructions

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The application for the summer 2019 term has closed. Information about the 2020 term will be posted in December.

Important dates for 2019

Financial aid application available January 2
Application opens at 9 a.m. (EST) January 8
Early application deadline February 4
Regular application deadline February 25

Step 1: Know your TIP ID number

You must have a Duke TIP ID number to apply to one of our educational programs. 

  • If you previously participated in a TIP Talent Search or program, you can use our TIP ID look-up tool.
  • If you have not participated before, you may request a TIP ID with our request tool

Step 2: Identify and rank course preferences

  • You will be enrolled in one in-depth course for the entire term.
  • You can identify up to nine courses you are interested in and rank them from most preferred to least preferred.
  • You may rank courses from different terms and at different sites. The more courses you rank, the better your chances of being accepted to the program; however, please only list courses you really intend to accept. Listing only one choice does not increase your chances of being placed in that course.
  • If your first choice is unavailable, you will be placed in your next highest-ranked available option or wait-listed if none of your choices are available. 

Step 3: Complete a program application

There are two methods to apply to Field Studies:

  1. Apply online, which we strongly encourage.

  2. Email Duke TIP Admissions to request a paper application to complete and return via mail. (We will post the email address when the application opens.)

Important things to know

  • Many courses fill before the application deadline, so apply early in the registration period—do not wait until the deadline.
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance.
  • We also strongly encourage you to apply online, as we cannot be responsible for mailed applications that are lost or delayed in transit.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Duke TIP does not process incomplete applications. We wait until we receive all required components to review each application, so be sure to submit your portfolio materials and financial aid application (if applicable) in a timely manner.

Details about the portfolio application

Field Studies admits students on the basis of a portfolio application, which includes a holistic evaluation of your qualifications. The application includes:

  • a resume form with honors and extracurricular activities and work experience
  • a short narrative explaining your qualifications and interest in Field Studies
  • your school transcript
    • ninth graders: your ninth-grade transcript, plus your middle school transcript with grades and GPA from seventh and eighth grade
    • tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders: a complete high school transcript with grades and GPA from ninth grade to the present
  • optional: your test scores on the ACT, SAT, PSAT, PLAN or other standardized tests, if not included on your transcript

Step 4: After submitting your application

To know what to expect after applying, please visit After You Apply.