The Robertson Scholars Program provides full tuition, room and board, and mandatory fees for scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. These benefits last for four years. Scholars receive a laptop and have access to generous funding for up to three summer experiences, in the U.S. and around the world. Additionally, we support scholars in studying abroad for up to two semesters during their four years as an undergraduate.
The Robertson Scholars Program is the only scholarship in the country that offers students access to the faculty and other resources of two of the most highly regarded universities in the nation, one public and one private. Although all Robertson Scholars do matriculate at one of the two universities, they have full student privileges at both Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. This includes access to courses; faculty and research opportunities; and arts, cultural, and sporting events. They own a unique academic "dual citizenship" that allows them a wide variety of choices throughout their four years.
For the second semester of their sophomore year, Robertson Scholars switch campuses: Duke scholars live and learn at UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Chapel Hill scholars live and learn at Duke.
All scholars live in university housing during their switch semester. Scholars are encouraged to completely immerse themselves in life at the sister campus by taking all of their classes there, engaging in extracurricular activities, and becoming a part of the community.
Summer experiences are an essential component of the Robertson experience. The program's unique three-part model challenges scholars to pursue both domestic and international experiences, explore and act on individual passions, and step outside of their comfort zone. Year-round, scholars work closely with the program staff to design, implement, and learn from these meaningful and personally relevant experiences.
Robertson Scholars represent the best and brightest students from the United States and abroad. Although they are diverse in their interests, backgrounds and perspectives, they form a collection of individuals who are intellectually curious, committed to service, and adventurous in spirit. When this group of individuals comes together to form a community, great things happen.
The program cares about facilitating community. Thus, the scholar community comes together regularly for formal and informal, planned and spontaneous gatherings. Some scholar favorites are the first-year scholar retreat, monthly community dinners, and "Dinners for Eight."
The Robertson Scholars Program believes in the power of relationships. On campus and beyond, Robertson Scholars have access to a wealth of people resources for mentorship and coaching. From program staff and scholar alumni, to university faculty and community partners in the United States and abroad, scholars form meaningful relationships that support their long-term personal development.