Timeline and Deadlines

Note: many due dates are not set by the department, so all dates below should be understood as approximate. 

Year 1:

  • July/August:  sign up for fall graduate courses; consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • November:  sign up for spring graduate courses; consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • January 23:  return signed teaching apprenticeship contract to the DGS office.  Sign up to audit this class by January 25
  • April:  sign up for fall graduate courses; consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • (usually) May:  sign and return summer fellowship contract

Year 2: 

  • November: sign up for spring graduate courses; consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • January 23: return signed teaching apprenticeship contract to DGS office.  Sign up to audit this class by January 25
  • Late January/early February: Thompson Writing Program applications due
  • April:  sign up for fall graduate courses (if applicable); consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • By the end of spring semester:  send in initial exam lists
  • (usually) May:  sign and return summer fellowship contract 

Year 3:

  • October 21, 2016 (noon):  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships) due to DGS office.
  • November 14, 2016:  Students submit two English 90S course descriptions to DUS office for the following year
  • November 18, 2016:  Revised Graduate School fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based fellowship system
  • By early spring semester: finalize exam committee
  • March:  return summer fellowship contract (if applicable)
  • By the end of spring semester:  take exams

Year 4: 

  • September:  summer teaching application due (if applying)
  • October 21, 2016 (noon):  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships for years 3+) due to DGS office.
  • November 18, 2016:  Revised Graduate School fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based fellowship system
  • By December:  chapter meeting completed
  • January 2, 2017:  Students will be notified if their spring 90S (or other) class makes enrollment and will be taught
  • March: return summer fellowship contract (if applicable)

Year 5:

  • September:  summer teaching application due (if applying)
  • October 21, 2016 (noon):  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships for years 3+) due to DGS office
  • November 18, 2016:  Revised Graduate School fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based fellowship system
  • March:  return summer fellowship contract (if applicable)
  • Late spring: initial job placement meeting (if you're going on the market next year) 

Year 6: 

  • September:  summer teaching application due (if applying) 
  • October 15, 2016:  Deadline to apply for December graduation.  Additional graduations deadlines here:  https://gradschool.duke.edu/sites/default/files/documents/graduation_dea...
  • October 26, 2016:  Mellon/ACLS applications are due
  • November 18, 2016:  Duke internship applications and misc. fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based system

  • By late spring:  PhD defense