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The Graduate School partners with other departments on campus to provide numerous professional development opportunities: one-time events, workshop series, peer-to-peer mentoring, formal coursework, and certificate programs. This variety of offerings allows students to develop a broad array of transferable skills while focusing on particular skill sets of interest throughout their graduate careers. Our development opportunities help Duke graduate students advance their competencies in six key areas: teaching and mentoring, communication, leadership, self-awareness, professional adaptability, and professionalism and scholarly integrity.

Check out our professional development calendar for all upcoming events. You can also stay up to date on the latest offerings by subscribing to the professional development listserv (gradprofdev).

Start Early and Don’t Stop

Professional development is an iterative process, much like research, and should occur throughout your time at Duke. Our professional development opportunities are planned in a two-year cycle to comprehensively address your professional development needs during your graduate career.

Our Professional Development Opportunities

Bass Instructional Fellowship Program

This program provides endowed fellowships for graduate students to gain high-quality teaching experience as instructors of record, instructional teaching assistants, and digital education fellows.

Certificate in College Teaching

This program prepares PhD students to teach in a university setting and provides formal documentation upon completion, which helps make makes the students more competitive when applying for faculty positions.

Emerging Leaders Institute

This program—open to Graduate School students and postdocs—helps participants develop their competencies in communication, self-awareness, professional adaptability, interdisciplinary teamwork, and leadership, leading to a certificate of completion. Offered in the spring semester only.

Preparing Future Faculty

This yearlong program provides graduate students and postdocs with workshops and mentors to prepare them for the multiple roles they may have to play as faculty members at a variety of academic institutions.

Professional Development Series

This event series includes talks, workshops, and events that can help students identify and develop transferable skills to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, government, nonprofit, and entrepreneurship.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research training is a formal requirement for every master’s and Ph.D. student enrolled in The Graduate School. All master’s students are required to complete four hours of RCR training during their orientation. All PhD students are required to complete 12 or 18 hours of RCR training in their first four years of study, depending on their discipline.

Teaching IDEAS Series

This annual workshop series is open to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. Speakers address topics relevant to classroom teaching, dealing with students, or faculty life and career paths.

Writing Support

In partnership with Thompson Writing Program, The Graduate School provides resources including academic courses, individual writing consultations, and additional support for international students.

Some of Our Partners