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Apply for SROP

The 2018 Duke Summer Research Opportunity Program will run from May 29 to August 4.

The application period will open October 27, 2017. The application and supporting materials must be received by January 16, 2018.


Application and supporting materials

  • A completed online application form with essays
  • A recent transcript (PDF) (If you have more than one transcript, combine them into one PDF file)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty who are familiar with your interests, sent by your faculty to
  • Optional: A resume/CV (PDF). 

Step 1: Complete the online application

Go to Online Application

As part of the online application, you will upload your transcript and the optional resume/CV as PDF files. You will also be asked to submit essays addressing four topics. Because you cannot save the online application and go back to it later, we recommend that you write the essays in Word or another word-processing program and then copy and paste them into the appropriate text boxes on the application form.

After you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation. Save this for your records.

Essay Questions

For the essays, we ask that you write one essay for each of the following questions:

1. Why are you interested in participating in the Duke SROP? (400 words or less)

2. What are your career goals? How do you plan to accomplish those goals? Please state if you are still exploring different careers why those careers are of interest to you? (600 words or less)

3. Please describe in some detail any past research experiences.  Be sure to include the institution where you conducted the research, the context (research lab or through coursework), your research mentor's name, and a brief description of the project itself.  Also, state the skills that you learned during the experience and how the skills have helped you to grow as a scholar and researcher. (800 words or less)

4. Please describe your current research interest.  If there are particular departments or faculty at Duke that you are interested in, please state that here. (400 words or less).

Step 2: E-mail recommendation letters

Your letters of recommendation should be sent to Dean J. Alan Kendrick at We prefer that your recommenders e-mail their letters directly to us so as to keep the recommendations confidential and ensure honest evaluations. 

All materials must be received by the deadline.