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Being a graduate student is hard work, so at the Duke University Graduate School we work hard to make it easier for students to have access to resources needed to achieve their scholarly, personal, and professional goals. We are your advocate and your service provider, and we are committed to helping you become an active participant in the Duke University community.  If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about your experience at Duke, let us know. 

Student Handbook



  • Monday, March 25, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Spring 2019 14-Day Writing Challenge (Online)

    The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity for you to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability, offered through the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    9:30 am to 11:00 am

    Courage for Introverts: How to Put Yourself Out There Without Selling Yourself Out

    If you have found that you hold your ideas —and yourself — back, join Caroline Korda Poole for an interactive workshop that will allow you to investigate the limiting thoughts and patterns that prevent you from presenting your ideas with confidence. You will leave this workshop ready to speak up in a meeting or approach somebody who intimidates you, and this new courage very well may change your life.  

News & Views

Broadening Your Thinking about Your Research and Yourself through an Internship

February 12, 2019
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"Tackling new problems during my internship reminded me that I am capable of shifting gears and adapting my skills to new contexts. I also feel better prepared after gaining a fresh perspective on career trajectories. First-hand experience in a different environment helped me to cultivate a deeper self-awareness about what I want in my career."

Getting Started on the Right Foot

Here are a couple videos to help new graduate students hit the ground running.