The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program welcomes applications from all students regardless of citizenship or nationality.


Any student wishing to be considered for the Robertson must apply directly using our application. This is the only way to ensure your application is considered by our selection team.


Students who have not yet matriculated to any university apply for The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program using the High School Application. We accept applications from students who elect to apply Early Decision to other institutions as well as applications from students who apply to other scholarship programs. Students may apply to Duke & UNC either Early Action, Early Decision, or Regular Decision.


Application and Interview Timeline

Application Opens: August 15, 2024

Application Due: November 15, 2024

Students who advance past the application stage will be contacted by the Robertson on a rolling basis to schedule interviews.

Finalist Interviews: March 5-March 8, 2025


  • Students must apply for undergraduate admission to Duke and/or UNC-Chapel Hill the same year they apply to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program.
  • Students must apply to the school(s) of their choice by the respective Early or Regular deadlines.
  • Admission to Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill are separate processes. All forms and correspondence dealing with admission to these institutions should go directly to their respective Offices of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • International students are eligible to apply for the Robertson as long as they are able to obtain a Visa to study in the United States.
  • Students on a gap year who have already been admitted to Duke University or UNC-Chapel Hill may not apply for the Robertson until they matriculate to their respective institution.
  • Transfer students are not eligible to apply.
  • The Robertson is strictly available for undergraduate students. Students seeking graduate degrees may not apply.