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Application Process  

A Completed Application Includes:

1. Complete the 2018 Application Form, which also requires the following:

  • Current résumé in standard format, download résumé example (PDF preferred; Word doc accepted)
  • Open-ended essay questions

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  • Webinar: The DGP Program Information Session

    Learn more about the program on Tuesday, October 17th from 12pm – 1pm EST during the Duke Global Policy Program in Geneva Information Session Webinar.  The session will include program details, insights from the program faculty and alumni, and a brief Q&A session.  Please register for the webinar here. Registrants will receive an email reminder with a link to the session and a recording of the webinar after it is complete.  

(For preparation purposes, you can download a PDF version of the application form. However, note that applications are only accepted online.)

2. Two letters of reference  

  • First letter must be from a current professor
  • Second letter should ideally be from a past supervisor or colleague, but can be from a current/previous professor

The letters should address how your personal, professional, and/or academic qualities and experiences will support your success in a competitive, Geneva-based, internship. Recommenders may include specific examples that illustrate the quality of your character and abilities. References should send letters of recommendation directly to us via email at geneva@duke.edu by the application deadline, Nov. 30, 2017.


  • Undergraduate applicants: In addition to two letters of recommendation, program staff will schedule a phone call to speak with each of your recommenders individually.
  • Duke MScGH applicants: One of your two letters of recommendation should be from your thesis supervisor.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the application deadline: Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The admissions process is highly competitive. Criteria for admission includes an applicant’s educational and professional background, leadership skills, and commitment to a career in global policy. Priority will be given to students who have a combination of relevant work, academic, and volunteer experience. More information can be found in the FAQ.

All students will receive a final admissions decision from the program in late December 2017.