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About the DGYP

The Duke Gap Year Program (DGYP) process is simple and flexible.

Students who accept their offer of admission to Duke as full-time, first-year students are eligible to apply for the DGYP and to request $5000 to $15,000 of funding. Students participating in a gap year, whether through the DGYP or independently, will retain their place in the following year’s class as long as they agree to Duke’s gap year conditions.

The DGYP is a selective program. We are interested in supporting students who participate in a gap year that encourages personal growth, provides opportunities for meaningful service and civic engagement and allows for an unusually deep exploration of one or more interests.

If you are not accepted or do not apply to the DGYP, but still wish to take a gap year, you may request an independent gap year through your student portal.

To learn more about Duke’s general gap year policies, visit