This page provides quick links to various information and resources that faculty and staff members often need in their work supporting Graduate School students. If there is something you are looking for that is not listed here, let us know by emailing, and we will consider adding it.

Support for Faculty and Staff

Departments can nominate faculty members to be part of the graduate faculty. Full members can chair examination committees and direct dissertations. Term members serve for a defined period of time on student milestone committees and may or may not be ongoing research advisors.

Since the 1980s, TGS has been a national leader in recruiting a diverse student body. In collaboration with graduate programs, TGS attends recruitment fairs, coordinates with other institutions to bring undergraduates to Duke for campus visits, offers summer research opportunities, and participates in national consortia that promote diversity in graduate education.

To learn more about how TGS collaborates with graduate programs on recruitment, contact Assistant Dean J. Alan Kendrick (

To help cultivate a strong culture of mentoring, TGS has developed a collection of resources and holds regular workshops to help faculty and graduate students develop strong mentoring relationships.

The TGS staff works with campus partners, departmental staff, and faculty advisors to help connect students with the resources they need to tend to their wellbeing. If you need help supporting the wellbeing of an individual student or groups of students, reach out to TGS's Office of Graduate Student Affairs (

TGS dedicates significant efforts to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for graduate education, such as working with departments to better recruit and support students from underrepresented groups, implementing holistic admission practices, holding inclusion-focused events and workshops, developing cocurricular training with a focus on bias, and helping students address discrimination, harassment, and other concerns. If you are interested in partnering with TGS on such efforts, a good place to start is the Office of Graduate Student Affairs (

Resources for Your Students

TGS provides a number of financial resources that may be of interest to your graduate students, such as competitive academic-year and summer fellowships, travel grants, childcare subsidies, and medical expense/financial hardship assistance. These and other financial resources from The Graduate School are listed in our Find Funding database. Questions about graduate student financial support should be directed to TGS's Financial Aid Office (

TGS’s English for International Students program provides English-language instruction and support to multilingual graduate students. It offers courses in writing, academic presentations, oral communication, pronunciation, and grammar; one-on-one speaking consultations; and training for international teaching assistants.

TGS supports graduate students’ growth as teachers and researchers through programs such as the Certificate in College Teaching, the TA training workshops, the Teaching Ideas series, the Preparing Future Faculty program, and Responsible Conduct of Research training. TGS also provides consultations for departments and faculty on developing effective TA training.


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TGS provides robust resources to help graduate students explore and prepare for a wide range of potential career paths both within and beyond academia, such as one-off workshops, semester-long programs, and funding for departmental programming.

TGS partners with the Thompson Writing Program to offer writing courses, writing spaces, and individual writing consultations. Also, TGS’s English for International Students program provides 1-on-1 writing and speaking consultations by appointment.

See the Current Students Guide for more commonly requested information and resources for students.