This page provides quick links to various information and resources that current Graduate School students often need. If there is something you are looking for that is not listed here, let us know by emailing grad-web@duke.edu, and we will consider adding it.

Expectations and Requirements

Crisis Support

It is not uncommon to encounter emotional, physical, financial, or other types of distress. The Graduate School can help. Start by reaching out to our Office of Graduate Student Affairs (grad-gsa@duke.edu, 919-684-2056). Our staff will discuss your situation with you and connect you with the right resources.

Academics

Accessibility Services

Campus Recreation

Community Involvement and Service Opportunities

Conduct

  • Matters that involve or may affect the student’s intellectual or professional life should primarily be handled by the student's major department.
  • A student may choose to have the dean of The Graduate School hear matters related to the student’s conduct in addition to or instead of faculty members from the student’s major department. A student may also elect to have such matters reviewed and judged by a Graduate School Judicial Board instead of the dean of The Graduate School or members of the faculty in the major department.
  • Actions that appear to conflict with Duke-wide rules and regulations will fall under the jurisdiction of the University Judicial Board.
  • See the guide developed by The Graduate School, in collaboration with graduate students and campus partners, specifically for reporting and addressing such situations. It walks graduate students through various options for reporting and addressing misconducts, what happens after they file a report, and what confidential and nonconfidential resources they can turn to. It also lists resources for immediate help with emotional/mental support and securing your physical safety.

See the description of the student grievance procedures. The appeal process essentially goes: director of graduate studies --> department chair --> senior associate dean in The Graduate School --> dean of The Graduate School.

Dissertation/Thesis, Preliminary Exams, and Other Milestones

Funding and Financial Support

  • The Graduate School offers a number of fellowships and other funding opportunities that provide academic-year, summer, or research travel support. You can find these through the Find Funding page on the Graduate School website.
  • Your department may offer competitive fellowships and other funding opportunities. Speak with your director of graduate studies about these.

The Graduate School has several resources that could help fund events for graduate students:

  • The Graduate School has a one-time sum of funds for supporting events and programming that help create a more diverse and inclusive environment for graduate education at Duke.
  • The dean of The Graduate School will also consider individual student requests for funding for events or programs coordinated by current Graduate School students. 
  • For departments/programs: The Professional Development Grant supports department/program and student efforts to offer professional development programming, and many recipients have used the funding to organize events such as speaker series, workshops, and other student activities.

The Graduate and Professional Student Government also offers funding to affiliated student groups.

  • The Graduate School has a grant that provides assistance with medical expenses not covered by insurance or other forms of financial hardship.
  • If you have children, be sure to look into The Graduate School's childcare subsidy.
  • If you are facing a temporary, short-term financial need, The Graduate School has two short-term loans that might be useful.
  • Also, please do not hesitate to reach out to The Graduate School's Office of Financial Aid (grad-finaid@duke.edu). Our team may be able to help you explore ways to address your situation.
  • Personal Finance @ Duke is a university program aimed at helping Duke students and alumni make informed financial decisions.

If you have questions, problems, or concerns regarding your Duke funding (e.g., not receiving your stipend payment, funding disagreements within your department, etc.), please contact The Graduate School's Office of Financial Aid (grad-finaid@duke.edu), and we will help address the issue.

Leave and Time Off

  • Students in good academic standing may apply for a total of two semesters of leave of absence
  • Note that guarantees of financial support are calculated from the date of initial matriculation, and the funding clock does not pause while a student is on a leave of absence. In other words, if a student takes a leave of absence for one of the years during their guaranteed funding period, they would forfeit a year of institutional funding. This is discussed in more detail in the leave-of-absence section of the Graduate School Bulletin.

Ph.D. students who are primary caregivers are guaranteed up to nine weeks off from full-time graduate studies and duties after the birth or adoption of a child (two of those weeks can be taken before the projected birth/adoption date if needed). Ph.D. students who are non-primary caregivers are guaranteed up to two weeks off. Students who are receiving stipend support continue to get that support during the accommodation period. See the accommodation policy for details.

The Graduate School has a policy that lays out how much time off Ph.D. and master's students can take from their duties as research, teaching, or graduate assistants. Graduate student RAs, TAs, and GAs on 12-month appointments can take up to 12 days off, and those on shorter appointments also receive varying amount of time off, which is listed in the policy. In addition, the policy emphasizes that graduate students should also be off from their assistantship duties on the days listed in the university staff holiday schedule.

Legal Assistance

  • The Graduate and Professional Student Government offers a free Lawyer Assistance Program, which provides students with counseling, risk reduction, and mitigation of legal charges. Consultations are held remotely and at no cost to current graduate and professional students. 

Mentoring

News and Events

Professional Development

There are many professional development opportunities for graduate students at Duke, including a robust slate of programming and resources offered by The Graduate School. See the professional development section of the Graduate School website to learn about each of these offerings. 

Ph.D. students should also check out Duke OPTIONS, an online tool to help doctoral students create a roadmap for their professional development throughout graduate school.

Master's student should start by checking out the professional development resources The Graduate School has developed specifically for them.

  • For departments/programs: The Graduate School's Professional Development Grant provides up to $2,000 to support department/program and student efforts to offer professional development programming.
  • For individual students: The Graduate School also offers funding to support Ph.D. students' travel to conferences where they are presenting a paper or poster.

The Graduate School has been publishing robust career outcomes data about our graduates for years. Take a look in the statistics section of our website to see what sectors graduates from your program are working in, what regions they are in, and who the top employers are. Also, check out the alumni profiles on our Professional Development Blog for insights into the career paths of alumni in a wide range of career paths.

Other Professional Development Resources

Responsible Conduct of Research

All Graduate School students are required to complete a certain number of hours of RCR training (including a mandatory RCR orientation) before they can graduate. See the RCR section of the Graduate School website for details about the requirements and the various ways to complete the required training. 

Email grad-rcr@duke.edu if you have any questions.

Students' RCR participation is documented on their university transcript, and their progress toward completing the RCR requirement is monitored by The Graduate School. This information is in Duke Hub. See our instructions for how to check your own RCR credits and progress.

Other Research Resources

Safety

Teaching Training

The Graduate School has a formal set of guidelines and policies for graduate students serving as teaching assistants and instructors. They cover the training that TAs and instructors should receive, the expected supervision and evaluation, stipends and hours, and other aspects. 

Graduate students interested in honing their teaching skills should consider the following:

  • Certificate in College Teaching: This program takes about a year to complete and offers intensive training in college teaching through coursework, teaching experience and observation, and the building of an online teaching portfolio. It also provides a transcript notation that can help make graduates more competitive in the academic job market.
  • College Teaching Workshops: Open to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Speakers address topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.
  • Preparing Future Faculty: This yearlong program offers graduate students and postdocs insights into the broad range of faculty roles and responsibilities at a variety of institutions.
  • Teaching assistant training: The Graduate School collaborates with Duke Learning Innovation and other other campus units to provide workshops throughout the year for graduate student TAs.

Travel

The Graduate School offers multiple resources to support travel related to a student's research and academic pursuits:

Miscellaneous

  • DukeList: Duke’s free classifieds marketplace for students, staff, and faculty with a NetID.
  • Duke services and administration: Links to information on HR, transportation, dining, etc.
  • JobX: On- and off-campus job listings