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student lifeBeing 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



  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Science Policy Careers for PhDs Panel

    Join Duke INSPIRE and other graduate students for a panel discussion with Duke science doctoral degree alumni who have chosen policy career paths in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The alumni panel will address non-academic careers in public policy and the paths that led them to their current roles.

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

    Neurobiology Professional Development Series: NIEHS Chief of Neurobiology Laboratory Jerry Yakel, PhD

    The goal of this series is to provide opportunities for students to engage professionals with training in neuroscience/neurobiology who have successfully followed a variety of career paths, including academic research. We are hosting individuals representative of non-academic sectors and providing a forum for students to discuss navigating the academic job market with Neurobiology faculty at various stages in their careers.

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

    Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Information Session

    Learn more about the The Preparing Future Faculty program at Duke. Applications are being accepted soon for next year. PFF provides a yearlong experience for PhD students and postdocs to prepare them for the multiple roles they may be asked to assume as future faculty members in a variety of academic institutions.

News & Views

Assessing Our Market Value

April 19, 2018

Recent alumni from the English Department return to the third floor of the Allen building to share their experiences navigating the academic job market with current graduate students.

The Dao of Dissertating

April 11, 2018

Anxiety can prevent you from getting work done, especially when it leads you to avoid writing. Here’s some concrete advice for tackling the problem head-on.

Leverage your Strengths to Become the Best Version of You

April 4, 2018
Strengths Word Cloud

Some people spend energy working on their weaknesses, but you might be better off identifying and leveraging your strengths. Lucy Chikwetu shares her story of strengths carrying her from the dusty streets of Mucheke, Masyingo, Zimbabwe to an engineering Ph.D. program at Duke.

Getting Started on the Right Foot

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