Requirements for Pre-Scholars (Rising 8th and 9th graders)

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To be considered for participation in the Fellows Academy or the Junior Achievers Academy, a complete application must be received. The information submitted should be typewritten or in pen. To be eligible for these academies, applicants must follow the criteria below:

  • You must be entering the 8th grade for the Junior Achievers Academy.
  • You must be entering the 9th grade for the Fellows Academy.
  • You must have at least an overall “B” average in a competitive academic program.
  • You must supply two (2) letters of recommendation; at least one from a teacher or counselor.
  • You must complete the student application.
  • You must submit an official transcript.
  • Your parents must be willing to support the Institute’s mission, goals, and objectives.
  • You do not need to complete an essay

The review of applicants will be performed in an expeditious manner. Semi-finalists residing within 300 miles of Princeton, New Jersey will be interviewed at an Orientation and Screening Program at Princeton University. Arrangements to interview semi-finalists who cannot attend will be made.

Apply online or mail your application and all supplemental materials to: 

W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute 
174 Nassau Street, Suite 360 

Princeton, New Jersey 08542


Requirements for Scholars (Rising 10th, 11th & 12th Graders)

To be considered for participation in the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute, a complete application must be received. The information submitted should be typewritten or in pen. To be eligible, applicants must follow the criteria below:

  • You must be a freshman, sophomore or junior in high school.
  • You must have at least an overall “B” average in a competitive academic program.
  • You must be in the upper quarter of your class.
  • You must write an essay consisting of at least 300 words stating why you wish to participate in the Institute and describing your education and career goals, community service activities and/or leadership roles you have performed.
  • You must supply two (2) letters of recommendation; at least one from a teacher or counselor.
  • You must complete the student application.
  • You must submit an official transcript.
  • Your parents must be willing to support the Institute’s mission, goals, and objectives.


The review of applicants will be performed in an expeditious manner. Semi-finalists residing within 300 miles of Princeton, New Jersey will be interviewed at an Orientation and Screening Program at Princeton University. Arrangements to interview semi-finalists who cannot attend will be made.

Apply online or mail your application and all supplemental materials to:

W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute 
174 Nassau Street, Suite 360 

Princeton, New Jersey 08542


Requirements for the Accelerated Learning Academy

To be considered for participation in the Accelerated Learning Academy, a complete application must be received. The information submitted should be typewritten or in pen. To be eligible, applicants must follow the criteria below:

  • Currently in 10th or 11th grade
  • Minimum Overall GPA: 3.0
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and or Mathematics) Courses Overall Average: B
  • Completed Application
  • 300 Word Essay: What is your interest in the program? Describe your education and career goals.
  • You must supply two (2) letters of recommendation; at least one from a teacher or counselor.
  • School Transcript