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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



  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Academic Job Market Materials Bootcamp: Research, Teaching, and Diversity Statements

    Will you be on the job market this year? Summer is a great time to start preparing your materials and get feedback on drafts. Even if you haven't written a teaching statement before, we'll discuss the basics of structure, content, and formatting and leave the majority of time for editing and feedback. 

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Professional Development Progress Lunch

    Whether your aspirations include updating your LinkedIn profile, starting your teaching portfolio, preparing faculty job application materials, conducting informational interviews, or researching career options, join our informal lunch gathering to share your progress and your questions.

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Teaching in No Time 2.0: Week 1 (Webinar)

    In this 4-week webinar you will learn the basics of planning and executing a stress-free course. Through weekly calls and exercises, you will develop the skills you need to teach effectively with less time and stress. Participants can revise a current course or plan a new one.

News & Views

Making Time to Write: The Value of Writing Groups

April 30, 2019
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How can you stay productive and maintain a regular writing practice all year long? Graduate students in Psychology and Neuroscience share their experience organizing a departmental writing group with funding from The Graduate School’s Professional Development Grant.

Scaling My Skillset: A Reflection on My First Year as an Engineering Ph.D. Student

April 16, 2019
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Creating solutions to problems is hard enough on paper, but what happens when you put aside your pencil and tackle practical problems in the lab? Ricky Hollenbach, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, shares how his experience working collaboratively on experiments as a first-year graduate student changed his perspective on research and project management.

Getting Started on the Right Foot

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