International Applicants

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program welcomes applications from all students regardless of nationality or citizenship. Unless you attend secondary school at the African Leadership Academy or at a school in New Zealand, you may apply using the standard high school application regardless of your nationality or location of your high school.

International students selected as recipients of the scholarship are invited to come to campus for our Connection Weekend (COVID-19 Travel restrictions will be taken into consideration). Applicants are responsible for ensuring they have the ability to obtain a Visa if one is required for them to visit and study in the United States.

African Leadership Academy

Students finishing the sixth form at the African Leadership Academy are eligible to apply to the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program using the 'High School' application if they receive a nomination.

The application deadline for ALA nominees is October 15th. When registering, ALA students should select High School Application then ‘African Leadership Academy Applicant’. You will need to enter the password provided to nominees by the African Leadership Academy administration.

New Zealand

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program partners with the Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara for the selection of New Zealand citizens and students attending high school in New Zealand.

Students studying in New Zealand need to apply for admission to Duke and/or UNC-Chapel Hill and follow the distinct application procedures outlined by Te Pōkai Tara for the Robertson. The New Zealand application is available only through the UNZ-Te Pōkai Tara website. Finalist interviews for the New Zealand process will take place in New Zealand in March.