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Financial Support

DGYP applicants may request from $5000 to $15,000 in funding. Funding is limited, but we hope to make gap years more accessible to those who, due to financial circumstances, may not have been able to consider this opportunity previously.

We will consider both an applicant’s plans for their gap year and their overall financial need during the DGYP selection and funding award process. We want to be flexible in allowing students to explore their interests in creative and personalized ways, while encouraging students to include civic engagement and service as a meaningful component of their gap year plans.

While you may include the following activities as part of your proposed gap year plans, funding awarded from Duke may not contribute toward:

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

DGYP applicants who do not request or receive funding may still be admitted to and participate in the DGYP, depending on the nature of their proposed gap year activities. Students who are not interested in the DGYP or are not admitted to the DGYP may nonetheless request an independent gap year through the student portal.

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

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.