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
  • Early November:  sign up for spring graduate courses; consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • January 15:  return signed teaching apprenticeship contract to the DGS office.  Sign up to audit this class by January 19
  • March 31:  annual reports and CVs are due.
  • Early 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: 

  • Early November: sign up for spring graduate courses; consult departmental undergraduate listings for teaching apprenticeship (TAP) possibilities
  • January 15: return signed teaching apprenticeship contract to DGS office.  Sign up to audit this class by January 19
  • TBA (late January/early February): Thompson Writing Program applications due
  • March 31:  annual reports and CVs are due.
  • Early 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 reading lists for preliminary exams
  • (usually) May:  sign and return summer fellowship contract 

Year 3:

  • October 16, 2020 at Noon:  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships) due to DGS office.
  • November 13, 2020:  Revised Graduate School fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based fellowship system
  • November 23, 2020:  Students submit two English 90S course descriptions to DGS office for the following year
  • By early spring semester: finalize exam committee
  • March:  return summer fellowship contract (if applicable)
  • March 31:  annual reports and CVs are due
  • By the end of spring semester:  take exams

Year 4: 

  • October 2 (2020 deadline TBA):  summer teaching application due (if applying)
  • October 16, 2020 at noon:  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships for years 3+) due to DGS office.
  • November 13, 2020:  Revised Graduate School fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based fellowship system
  • By December:  chapter meeting completed
  • TBA (early January):  Students will be notified if their spring 90S (or other) class makes enrollment and will be taught
  • March: return summer fellowship contract (if applicable)
  • March 31: annual reports and CVs are due

Year 5:

  • October 2 (2020 deadline TBA):  summer teaching application due (if applying)
  • October 16, 2020 at noon:  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships for years 3+) due to DGS office
  • November 13, 2020:  Revised Graduate School fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based fellowship system
  • March:  return summer fellowship contract (if applicable)
  • March 31:  annual reports and CVs are due
  • Late spring: initial job placement meeting (if you're going on the market next year) 

Year 6:

  • October 2 (2020 deadline TBA):  summer teaching application due (if applying) 
  • October 23, 2020:  Deadline to apply for December graduation.  See additional graduations deadlines
  • October 16, 2020:  Graduate School fellowship applications (including summer fellowships for years 3+) due to DGS office
  • October 28, 2020:  Mellon/ACLS applications are due
  • November 13, 2020:  Duke internship applications and misc. fellowship applications due in Graduate School's web-based system
  • March 31:  annual reports and CVs are due
  • By April 1, 2021:  PhD defense