Resources for Current Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Handbook, 2022-23

The Ph.D. handbook provides a roadmap of how to efficiently progress through the Ph.D. program successfully. Make sure to view the PA Ph.D. Handbook.

Public Affairs PhD Mediasite

Visit the PA PhD Mediasite to view previous presentations and program related information sessions.

Dissertation Funding Sources

The Doctoral Evidence Acquisition (DEA) Fellowship is specifically intended to support doctoral students for whom their current means of financial support would significantly interfere with or preclude their ability to collect the evidence needed for their doctoral research. A DEA Fellow is awarded a stipend to enable evidence acquisition that otherwise would not be possible. Evidence acquisition activities that might be supported by the DEA Fellowship include, but are not limited to, off-campus library/archive research, field work, experiments, interviews, collection of specimens, etc. Click here for more information and to apply for the Doctoral Evidence Acquisition Fellowship.

The Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF) provides support to highly-qualified FIU doctoral students during the writing phase of their dissertation. It is intended to facilitate the timely completion of high-quality manuscripts and dissertations. Dissertation Fellows are expected to graduate within one year after receiving the award. Click here for more information and to apply for the Dissertation Year Fellowship

You can find more information regarding university-wide scholarship opportunities by visiting FIU's Office of Scholarships

Conference Travel Funding

The department encourages students to attend and present at academic and professional conferences during your time in the program. Please review the department's travel reimbursment guide in preparation for conference attendance.

FIU's Graduate and Professional Student Committee (GPSC) offers up to $650 for domestic conferences. You will need to attend a GPSC workshop to be eligible. See their website for more details.

The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs provides matching funds up to $200 each year. Click here for the application

Dissertation Chair Form

By the end of the spring of the 2nd year in the program, all students need to select a dissertation chair/major professor. Please see the dissertation chair selection form here.

Annual Progress Reviews

Each year, the PhD. Committee conducts an Annual Progress Review meeting with each Ph.D. student. The intent of the review is to assess student's progress in the PhD program and to address any concerns that the student may have. The meetings for the Annual Progress Reviews are held in the Spring semester.

You will need to complete the Annual Progress Review online in your MyFIU portal. Students should provide a copy of the completed evaluation as well as a brief summary of their work addressing the points below via email to the program coordinator no later than three weekdays prior to the date of the evaluation meeting:
• Coursework (taken and planned) along with your grades and your overall GPA
• Dissertation (progress and/or plan defense proposal/dissertation)
• Teaching/TA work
• Publications/R&Rs/conference papers
• Service (at FIU or in professional associations)

Comprehensive Examination

The PhD comprehensive examinations are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Fall 2022:

- Written exam: Friday, November 4, 2022

- Dissertation Proposal: November 11, 2022 (one week after the written exam)

- Oral exam: November 18, 2022

Spring 2023

- Written exam: Friday, April 7, 2023

- Dissertation Proposal: April 14, 2023 (one week after the written exam)

- Oral exam: TBD, April 2023

University Graduate School Resources

Graduate students can stay up-to-date with UGS' policies and procedures, academic resources, events, etc. by visiting the University Graduate School's website.

Information regarding Online Dissertation Milestones and other forms can be found here.

Students can keep track of UGS' academic calendar and deadlines here.