2023 Selection Timeline

  • August 1: applications available online
  • August 23: Online student-led info session (https://duke.zoom.us/j/93962740627)
  • TBD: In-person student-led info session in person on East Campus
  • September 15 (11:59 pm): applications due
  • September 21 - 28: 15-minute interviews with the SPIRE Selection Committee
  • September 29 - October 3: notification of acceptance
  • October 12 @ 7pm: SPIRE New Fellows Welcome Dinner 

Who Should Apply?

The Duke SPIRE Fellows Program welcomes first-year undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing studies in STEM fields, especially those who are from underrepresented communities, first generation, and/or low income backgrounds.

*Due to the outstanding support system already in place through our PreHeath Advising Program, prehealth students will not be considered for placement in SPIRE.

SPIRE Application:

The online application consists of the following questions:

  • Please share the reason(s) you are interested in studying STEM at Duke and describe your short and long-term goals in this field. (limit answer to 250 words or less)
  • Briefly describe a time you felt challenged/discouraged. What did you do that helped you rise to the challenge(s)? (limit answer to 250 words or less)
  • Briefly describe what academic collaboration means to you and how you have collaborated with others in the past. (limit answer to 250 words or less)
  • Please let us know why you want to be part of the SPIRE Fellows Community. (limit  answer to 250 words or less)
  • Are you applying for or are you already involved in another program which will require a significant time commitment? Examples include: Focus, ROTC, varsity athletics, or a merit scholarship program. If yes, please indicate the program(s):

Apply to SPIRE