Application Instructions

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Details about the 2019 Summer Studies Program will be announced in December. Information about 2018 is included below to give an overview of the program.

Important dates for 2018

8th, 9th, and 10th Grade Date
7th Grade Date

Financial aid application available 

January 3

January 3

Applications open at 9:00 ET 
(print and online)

January 22

March 21

Full payment due

March 7

May 2

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. Domestic US students will need to submit their SAT or ACT scores to complete the TIP ID request. International students should refer to the International Students page for documentation needed as part of their request for a TIP ID.

Step 2: Identify and rank course preferences

  • You will be enrolled in only one in-depth course for the entire three-week term.
  • You can identify up to nine courses you are interested in and rank them from most preferred to least preferred.
  • Before you choose, you must determine whether you are eligible for Center or Academy and make sure you meet any course-specific eligibility criteria for the courses you rank. (If a course has additional eligibility criteria, it will be noted in the course description.) Our application system will only allow you to apply for courses for which you are qualified.
  • 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 Summer Studies:

  1. Apply online, which we strongly encourage.

  2. Complete a downloadable paper application for and send it to us via mail.

Important things to know

  • Spaces fill quickly, so apply early in the registration period.

  • Applications are date-stamped, not time-stamped. We process applications in daily batches regardless of the time they are received that day. 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.

  • Applying does not guarantee placement into the program.

  • Courses will remain open for registration until a course and its wait-list are both full. Being able to select a course does not mean there is current availability in it.

  • If you are applying for financial aid, you must submit a financial aid application in addition to your program application before your program application can be considered for placement. For information on how to apply for financial aid, please refer to How to Apply for Financial Aid.

  • We strongly encourage you to apply online, as we cannot be responsible for mailed applications that are lost or delayed in transit.

If you want to attend more than one term, you must submit a separate application for each term, along with a separate application fee.

Step 4: After submitting your application

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

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving young scholars in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.