Application Instructions

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We're sorry, but the application period for our 2018 Field Studies Program has closed. We hope you will apply next summer!

Step 1: Know your TIP ID number

In order to apply to a Duke TIP educational program, students must have a TIP ID number. 

  • If you previously participated in the Talent Search or in an educational program but do not know your TIP ID number, please use the TIP ID number look up tool.
  • If you have not participated before and need a TIP ID number, you may request one via the TIP ID request

Step 2: Identify and rank course preferences

  • You will be enrolled in only 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. Complete a downloadable paper application and send it to us via mail.

Important things to know

  • Due to the popularity of Field Studies, please apply early in the registration period.
  • Do not wait until the deadline to submit your application, as program spots may be full by that time.
  • 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.
  • Applications are reviewed when all of the required components have been received. Duke TIP does not process applications that are incomplete; therefore, please remember to submit the following items in a timely manner:
    • transcript (required for all students)
    • financial aid application (if applicable)

Step 4: After submitting your application

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

These two-week residential programs for students in ninth through twelfth grade take place at Duke University, New College of Florida, or one of several unique field study locations. Courses take place during the summer and cover a variety of different academic disciplines.