Application Instructions

Click here for the 2022 Duke Gap Year Application 


Students admitted to Duke University as first-year undergraduates can access the 2022 Duke Gap Year Program application. You will be able to save your application to return to later, but be sure to read the following information closely before starting. You should email with any questions.



The deadline to apply is May 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; students who are not ready to commit to a gap year are encouraged to submit their applications early and we will endeavor to respond prior to the final deferral deadline.

All students who wish to defer their enrollment, whether through the DGYP or independently, must confirm that decision by May 31, 2022.

Applicants are asked to outline their gap year plans, taking into consideration:

  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Travel and cultural experiences
  • Unpaid internships
  • Experiential learning opportunities

As you plan your gap year, we encourage you to consider opportunities that promote civic engagement, personal development and global awareness.

While we understand that plans may not be finalized, we ask that applicants provide as much information as possible, including timeline, locations, costs, and goals of the experience. Your application should, to the best of your ability, cover the period of time from July 2022 to July 2023.

We recommend looking at “Gap Year Resources” for guidance on how to being planning your gap year. Please know this is a selective process. Applicants may be contact by the DGYP to provide further information, but are encouraged to include as much detail as possible in their application. You should also review the DGYP Terms and Conditions before applying.



Program Expectations:

Students must commit to enrolling at Duke in order to accept their place in the Duke Gap Year Program and receive any funding awarded.

Members of the Duke Gap Year Program will be expected to maintain regular contact with the Duke University Undergraduate Admissions Office, through monthly blog and social media posts, attending webinars, as well as a mid-year and end of year reflection.

Members of the cohort receiving funding may also be asked to provide receipts from their programs, travel and activities, confirming their expenses.

When the DGYP students arrive on campus for their first year, they will be expected to attend a “re-entry” session during orientation. They will also be expected to serve as mentors to future cohorts of gap year students, providing advice, speaking about their gap year experience, and helping at admitted student events.



While Duke Gap Year Program participants do not need to request funding to join the program, an award of up to $15,000 may be available to help support plans for those who apply. Funding is limited, but we hope to make gap years more accessible to those who, financially, may not have been able to consider this opportunity previously.

An applicant’s plans for their gap year, as well as their overall financial need, will be considered during the selection and funding award process. We want to be as flexible as possible in allowing students to explore their interests in creative and personalized ways, but there are also some restrictions on how the funding may be used. While the following may comprise a part of your gap year, funding awarded from Duke may not contribute toward:

  • Mandatory military or religious service
  • Paid work
  • Personal business initiatives or start-ups
  • Medical deferrals

Funding is distributed via direct deposit or by check. Awards will not be considered in the student’s financial aid package; however, they will be considered reportable income for that tax year.

Some students who do not receive or do not request funding may still be admitted into the cohort and participate in other components of the Duke Gap Year Program, depending on the nature of their proposed gap year activities. Students interested in deferring their enrollment outside of the Duke Gap Year Program, may do so through their Student Portal.

Important Things to Consider:
  • Applying for the Duke Gap Year Program does not commit you to taking a gap year. You will not be asked to confirm your gap year until you’ve received the outcome of your application.
  • This application is only for joining the Duke Gap Year Program. Students are responsible for their finding and confirming their gap year opportunities through established program, internships, volunteering organizations, etc.


Applicants to the Duke Gap Year Program will be asked to agree to the following Terms and Conditions:
  • You will not apply for admission as a degree-seeking student to any other college or university during the remainder of this academic year or during the coming academic year.
  • You will not hold a place at any other college or university during the remainder of this academic year or during the coming academic year.
  • You will sign and have both your school counselor and your legal guardian sign the Terms & Conditions, including that no application materials, including high school transcripts in any form, will be submitted to any other university or college during your gap year period. You will return this form along with this signed Gap Year Agreement.
  • You will not enroll at another college or university as a degree-seeking or part-time student during the remainder of this academic year or during your gap year with the expectation of:
    • Receiving Duke credit for those courses
    • Repeating those courses at Duke for credit
    • You will not enroll in a post-graduate program at a secondary school.
    • You will abide by both the Conditions of Application and the conditions mentioned in your letter of admission. We expect you to maintain high standards of academic performance and personal behavior in and out of school, which includes abiding by our COMMUNITY STANDARD. If there is any change in the information in your application—including any academic, personal, disciplinary, or legal matters—you must contact the admissions office within 48 hours.
    • You will provide the appropriate number of blog and social media posts during your gap year.
    • You will participate in occasional surveys conducted by the GAP YEAR RESEARCH CONSORTIUM.
    • Once enrolled at Duke following your gap year, you agree to serve as a mentor to the next cohort of gap year students and participate in on-campus events and programming.

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