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Your Professional Development Begins Today

No matter what your career plans are, your graduate school experience must encompass more than just coursework, research, presentations, and publications. The Graduate School provides programs, resources, and events to help you with every step along the way—from identifying potential career paths, to developing skills to compete for them, to managing your career. These opportunities will help prepare you for success in academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, and nonprofits. Professional development is not one workshop or one course; it is something you do throughout your time at Duke. So get started now.

Overview of professional development offerings from The Graduate School (PDF)


  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

    ACLS Public Fellows Information Session (VH@Duke Lunch and Learn)

    The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program seeks applications from recent PhDs in the humanities and humanistic social sciences “who aspire to careers in administration, management and public service by choice rather than circumstance.” Learn more from John Paul Christy, Director of Public Programs at ACLS, and Abigail Langston (PhD '14, Literature), an alumna of the Public Fellows program.

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    RCR Forum: Data Management Fundamentals

    This workshop introduces data management practices to consider throughout the research lifecycle: planning, organization, documentation, storage and backup, sharing, citation, and preservation.


What Can You Be with a Duke Ph.D.?

December 7, 2017
Duke PhDs across the United States

Whether you’re at the beginning of your graduate studies or nearing the end, you may be wondering what career options are open to you with a Duke Ph.D. The Graduate School can help you answer that question with new Ph.D. career outcomes data.

Biology Bootcamp Reboot

November 30, 2017
Duke Biology Logo

Most biology graduate programs are designed to train students to become a professor or to lead a research program. But the number of students being trained far exceeds the number of open positions, and academia is no longer the most common path for PhD students in the sciences. Duke’s Biology faculty and students responded to that challenge with Biology Bootcamp 2.0.

Find More Funding Opportunities (Yes, Even Now!)

November 16, 2017
Find Funding

The internal deadlines might have passed, but funding applications season isn’t over yet. The Graduate School can help you find, apply for, and win the external grants and fellowships you need.

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Check out all the professional development programs and events we have to offer.