Resources for Current PhD Students

Ph.D. Handbook, 2019-20

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

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

FIU's Graduate and Professional Student Committee (GPSC) offers up to $500 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.

Annual Progress Reviews

Each year, we conduct an Annual Progress Review meeting with each PhD student, where a panel of our faculty meets with each 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 for the Academic Year 2019-20 will be held in Spring 2020.

You will need to complete the Annual Progress Review online in your MyFIU portal. You should bring a printed copy of the review for each member of the faculty panel to the meeting as well as a brief overview of your work from the last year, which should include the following:
• 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 Examinations

The PhD comprehensive examinations are tentatively scheduled as follows:

Spring 2020:

-Written exam: April 3, 2020

-Dissertation Proposal: April 10, 2020 (one week after the written exam)

-Oral exam: TBD, 2020

Fall 2020:

-Written exam: November 6, 2020

-Dissertation Proposal: November 13, 2020 (one week after the written exam)

-Oral exam: TBD, 2020

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 dissertation (and other) forms can be found here.

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