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PH.D. Student Life Guide

Congratulations to our 2016-17 PhD Graduates!

Academic Job Market Seminar

Seminars on "Preparation for the Academic Job Market":

These every-other-year seminars are for those of you at any stage (but particularly those in the dissertation stage) who might be thinking of an academic career in your future. These two morning seminars are scheduled for Friday, February 3 and Friday, February 10, 2017 from 10am -12:00pm. As in the past, I will also invite Tufts AS&E PhDs to join. This seminar is taught by Carie Cardomone, the former Associate Director of Brown University's Teaching and Learning Center, and someone who recently received a tenure-track position at a Boston area university. Several of our recent Ph.D. grads attribute their success in getting tenure-track academic jobs to the support given in this workshop. 

See the application form due December 15.

Fletcher Online Community

The 'Fletcher Online Community' is a tool that the Office of Development and Alumni Relations provides to all students to search for students and al alumni based on class year, institutional degree, location, employer, job industry, job title, and more! The criteria for any search can vary, and include as much or as little information as you wish. To register, please visit: http://tuftsalumni.org/site/tufts-online-community/. You will find a tip sheet with additional information here.

Books to Borrow

The B205 stats course book, as well as methodology titles by George and Bennett, Gerring, Goertz, Repko and others are in the PhD Program Director's Office, if you'd like to borrow them. Please just sign the checkout list so that we'll know who has them.

Calendar of PhD Monthly Events
December 2016
  • Friday, December 2nd, 8:30 am-2 pm
    Preparing for a Career in Academia (Tufts GSA &S)
    51 Winthrop Street, register online 
  • Monday, December 12, 12:30 pm-1:45 pm 
    PhD Colloquium – Ben Naimark-Rowse
  • Thursday, December 15
    Deadline for “Preparation for Academic Job Market" application
    Click to view the application
January 2017 
  • Monday, January 16
    PhD Conference Fund Applications for March-June Conferences Due
  • Friday, January 20
    Deadline for Eisenhower – Roberts Fellowship Applications
    Click to view the application 
  • Monday, January 30, 12:30 pm-1:45 pm
    PhD Colloquium
  • Tuesday, January 31, 12:30 pm-1:45 pm
    PhD Welcome Back Luncheon 
    C703, RSVP here
  • Tuesday, January 31, 5:30 pm-7 pm
    PhD Evening Seminar with Teri Vienot, Associate Director of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, on "How to Identify and Apply to Foundations for Funding Support"
    C407, RSVP here
February 2017 
  • Wednesday, February 1
    Deadline for Morris Abrams Award Application
    Click to view more information on the award
    Click to view the application
  • Monday, February 13, 12:30 pm-1:55 pm
    PhD Colloquium
  • Wednesday, February 15, 8:30-9:30 am
    Breakfast with Board of Advisors Member
    C407, Miller Room
  • Tuesday, February 21, 11 am-12:30 pm
    Alumni/Student Panel on “North Africa after the Arab Spring: Strategies on National and Regional Stabilization”
    US Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington DC
  • Tuesday, February 21, 12:30 pm-2 pm
    Please RSVP Here by Tue. Feb 14 at 3 pm
    PhD Alumni/Student Luncheon, US Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington DC
  • Monday, February 27, 12:30 pm-1:45 pm
    PhD Colloquium
March 2017 
  • Monday, March 13, 12:30-1:45 pm
    PhD Colloquium
  • Monday, March 27, 12:30-1:45 pm
    PhD Colloquium
April 2017
  • Saturday, April 1
    Deadline to apply for PhD Summer Research Fund
  • Monday, April 10, 12:30-1:45 pm
    PhD Colloquium
  • Monday, April 24, 12:30-1:45 pm
    PhD Colloquium
May 2017
  • Thursday, May 11, 5:30- 7:30 pm
    PhD end of Year Dinner
  • Monday, May 15
    Deadline to apply for PhD Conference Funds for July-October 2017
  • Saturday, May 20
    Class Day
  • Sunday, May 21
Campus Parking Permits

In order to park at Tufts, you must have a parking permit. There are different ones available for those living on and off campus. They may be purchased for one semester or one academic year.

You will need as a student to show your student ID, car registration and proof of insurance to the Public Safety Office in the basement of Dowling Hall. Fees are payable by check or cash only at this time, although they are looking in to an online credit card system for the future.  Once you have secured a parking permit, a parking pass for garage access can be obtained for free upon request. Maps of parking areas are available as well.

Comprehensive Exams

When students are ready to schedule their exams they should complete and submit the "Request to Schedule Comps Form" located on the Petitions Forms page and return it to Ann Marie Decembrele [Ann.Decembrele@Tufts.edu].

Ph.D. candidates must successfully pass their written and oral comprehensive exams in their two fields of study within one year of completing coursework. They are scheduled in September, November, February and April. Students schedule the date, timing and order of their two written exams within the period of two weeks, followed 10- 14 days later by their oral exam. Students are responsible for securing an exam room, printing their documents, and returning them on time. Students have 7.5 hours for each written exam and it is closed book. Most fields allow you to use a computer, but check with the field coordinator to confirm this. The oral exam is one hour long. Upon successful completion of all written exams, they may proceed to the oral. Students who do not pass either the written or oral exams within two attempts will not be allowed to remain in the Ph.D. program.

Students should contact the field coordinator (see "Student Handbook") of each of the two fields in which they plan to take comprehensive exams some six to ten months prior to their exam date to determine a reading list and the content and format of the exam. Some field coordinators have already prepared brief guidelines for their fields (see links below). As others become available, they will be posted here and in the "Student Handbook"

PhD Comps Mentoring List


Course Information
In addition to the yearly on-line posting of courses, schedules and descriptions, students can access the most recent syllabus by referring to the professor’s webpage. Furthermore, Course Evaluations submitted by students at the end of every semester are available in Ginn library. Finally, at the beginning of every semester, seminars and new courses are showcased right before the beginning of classes during “Shopping Day.”

Dissertation Statement Of Intent
This document (eight page maximum), which is an initial step in the process of preparation of your dissertation proposal, is due three months after you pass your comprehensive exams. See the forms page to download a copy.
Dissertation Proposals

Upon successful completion of both written and oral comprehensive exams, and the Dissertation Statement of Intent (three months post-comps) students have another six months in which to present and defend their dissertation proposals to the three members who comprise their committee. Students are free to select the members of their committee according to the guidelines in the PhD section of the Student Handbook and may include an outside reader as a member. The chair of this committee must be on the Fletcher faculty.

It is at this time that students who are conducting human subjects research should apply to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for exemption or approval. Please contact Jenifer Burckett-Picker before you start the IRB process. Click here for further information.

All successfully defended proposals are submitted to Jenifer for review by the Ph.D. committee at least TWO weeks in advance of the next Ph.D. committee meeting, along with Dissertation Proposal form and all CVs of outside readers for approval. Students are able to petition the PhD Committee for one 6-month extension of time to defend the dissertation proposal. After that, any extensions may result in the loss of financial aid.

For a current listing of committee members, please see the PhD Committee page on the Ph.D. student website. The Ph.D. committee may approve, reject, or conditionally approve any proposal. Students must petition the Ph.D. committee to change any member of their committee or to change the title of their dissertation. Most petition forms are available on-line within this PhD Student Life Guide in the forms section.

Some sample dissertation proposals are available in the reference section of the Ginn Library. Students have an option of whether or not to make their proposals public. An outline of the dissertation proposal from the methodology course is available in Dissertation Proposal Guide.

Ph.D. Program Director Jenifer Burckett-Picker [Jenifer.Burckett-Picker@Tufts.edu] is responsible for adding students to the Fletcher Ph.D. email list serve, using their @tufts email address. All Ph.D. students may post official email messages to the list serve, using their @tufts email address.

All Fletcher students are also on the official email list serve, which is maintained by Katie.Mulroy@tufts.edu. Students may post to it, however it is moderated.

Additionally, Ph.D. students have a Ph.D. Student group email list, which is not moderated. All Ph.D. students may post to it, using their @tufts email address. The purpose of this list is to communicate with student leaders, coordinate student-run events, and socialize.

Students have the option of subscribing to the social list serve, which is maintained by Katie.Mulroy@tufts.edu. Information on social activities, debates on current events, and items for sale are common issues that go through this list serve. To post a message to the faculty and/or staff lists, contact Katie.Mulroy@tufts.edu.

Evening Seminar Series

The Ph.D. Evening Seminars are generally held from 5:30pm-7pm (includes light supper) on dates TBA. For the Ph.D. Evening Seminars we invite members of the Fletcher faculty/administration and others to speak on topics of interest to students at all stages of the program. 

Popular topics in the past have included: "Tips for Successful Fellowship Applications", "Common Critical Chapters: Introductions, Literature Reviews, Conclusions", "Dissertation Writing - The Final Mile", "Cannibalizing Dissertation Research In-Progress to Publish not Perish", "Tips on Co-authoring an Article." All evening seminars are open to PhDs at any stage of the program. 

Please also send your suggestions for other topics of interest to you for future Ph.D. Evening Seminars to Jenifer Burckett-Picker.

Evening Seminars

2016-17 Schedule of Evening Seminars

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm in C102 
“Finding Appropriate Funding Opportunities”—Amy Gantt, Director of Research Development (Tufts) and Greg Simpson, Sr. Departmental Research Administrator 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 5:30-7pm in C407 
“Identifying and Pursuing Federal and Private Funding for PhD Candidates”—Therese Vienot and Susan Lewis, Office of Research Development, Tufts Provost’s Office 

Monday, February 13, 2017 12:30-1:30pm in C102 (lunch seminar)
“Career Mentoring” with Karen Jacobsen, Zeynep Bulutgil, Kimberly Theidon, and Alnoor Ebrahim 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5-7pm in Cabot 701-703
“Academic Track Speed Mentoring” (co-sponsored with Elana Givens, OCS) with Drezner, Ebrahim, Toft, Chakravorti, Rouhana, Hite, Taliaferro

2015-16 Schedule of Evening Seminars

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 5-6:30pm in C407
"Tips for Successful Fellowship Applications"-Gregory Simpson (Tufts Office of Research Adm.), Irina Chindea (current PhD student), Ivan Rasmussen (recent PhD grad), Jenifer Burckett-Picker

Monday, November 9, 2015  5:30-7pm in C407
"Travel Safety and Preparing for Research in Conflict Zones" - Claudia Jackson, Program Manager Int'l Safety and Operations

Wed, February 10, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm in C407
"Tips for Writing Successful Op Eds-I"-Prof. Edward Schumacher-Matos

Tues., March 15, 2016, 5:30-7pm in C407
"Tips for Writing Successful Op Eds-II Critiquing Individual Student Op Eds" - Prof. Edward Schumacher-Matos

2014-15 Schedule of Evening Seminars

Tuesday, September 23, 6-6:30pm in C407
"Writing Opeds and Articles for the Ideas Section of the Boston Globe", Stephen Heuser, Boston Globe "Ideas Section" Editor

Wednesday, October 15, 5:30-7pm in C703
"Comparing and Contrasting Endnote and Zotero", Rhys Sevier, Ginn Reference Librarian

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, 5:30-7pm in C-407
"PhD Funding Sources and Tips for Successful Applications"-Jenifer Burckett-Picker with Alison Russell (PhD Alum 2012), and current students Ches Thurber and Irina Chindea

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm in C-407
"Tips for Conducting Research, Particularly Field Research" - David Sussman, Melita Sawyer, Jim Shyne (2014 alum)

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5:30-7:00 pm in C-407
"Academic Book Publishing - Tips for Success" - Profs. Sulmaan Khan (Fletcher) and Alison Russell (Merrimack College, PhD alum 2012)

Academic Year 2013-2014

Wed., October 29, 2013, 4-5:30pm in C407
"Methodological Possibilities for Fletcher PhD. Student Dissertation Research", Profs. Gallagher, Aker, Hike and Tunnard

Thurs., Nov. 7, 2013, 5:30-7:00 in C407
"Preparing for Research in Conflict Zones: Practical and Legal Considerations", Prof. Dyan Mazurana

Thurs. Jan. 16, 2014, 5:30-7:00 in C407
"Tips for Successful Fellowship Applications", Alison Russell (alum 2012), Ches Thurber (current Ph.D.) and Jenifer Burckett-Picker

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 from 2-3pm in C102 (also open to MALDs)
"Op-Ed Writing Seminar", Daniel Gaynor (speech writer from USAID)

Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 5:30-7pm
"Has Academia Become Irrelevant to the Policy World?", Dean Ian Johnstone


Academic Year 2012-2013

Thursday, November 29
Anne Moore, Program Specialist and the Fulbright Advisor in the Scholar Development Office of Tufts Academic Advising and Ethan Corbin and Ches Thurber (Current Ph.D. Students and Eisenhower Fellowship Recipients),  “Putting Together a Successful Application for the Fulbright and Eisenhower-Pappas Fellowship Programs”, 

Wednesday, October 10
Professor Robert Pfaltzgraff, Jenifer Burckett-Picker, Alison Russell (Ph.D. August 2012), “Preparing for Your Dissertation Defense”,

Wednesday, September 19
Courtney Richardson (Ph.D. 2012) and Mihaela Papa (Ph.D. 2010), “Applying for Pre-docs and Post-docs – Strategies That Work”.

Academic Year 2011-2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
 Prof. Zeynep Bulutgil, “How to Apply for Grants”.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Dr. Lauren Brodsky and Dr. Nancy Gleason, “The Challenges of Starting a Post-Ph.D. Career in the Boston Area”.

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012
 Dr. Dipali Mukhopadhyay, "Post Docs, Publishing, and Professoring: What Comes after My Ph.D.?"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Professor Karen Jacobsen, “After the Interviews: Analyzing and Writing Up the Data”.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Professor Karen Jacobsen, “Getting a Grip on the Dissertation Proposal”

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher, “Applying for a Post-Doc: Does it Make Sense? How to Choose, Tips for Applying, and More”

Tuesday, September 28, 2011
Phillip McMullen, Director of Office of Career Services, “The Non-Academic Job Search”

Academic Year 2010-2011

April 14, 2011
Professor Alan Wachman: “Demystifying the Dissertation-Writing Process”

March 29, 2011
Phillip McMullen, Director of OCS: “Materials and OCS Support for the Non-Academic  Job Search” (postponed due to illness)

February 8, 2011
Professors Peter Uvin and Karen Jacobsen: “ How to Get Through the Dissertation Proposal in Less than Two Years!” 

November 9, 2010
Professor Karen Jacobsen: "Herding Cats and Hurdling Blocks:  Managing Your Dissertation Committee and Confronting the Writing Process".

October 18, 2010
Professor William Martel:  “The Path from Initial Idea to Publication”.

Prof. Rusty Tunnard (Fletcher PhD 2010): “Shaking Off the Post-Comps Hangover and Confronting the Dissertation Proposal". September 21, 2010

Academic Year 2009-2010

April 27, 2010
 [Audio]Everything You Wanted to Ask about the Academic Job Market, but Were Afraid to Ask.Daniel Drezner:  Professor

Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher:   [Audio] November 2, 1009
Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher:  The Challenges and Advantages of a Fletcher PhD [Audio]


Professor Alan Wachman, [Audio] October 23, 2009
Professor Alan Wachman, Common Critical Chapters: Introductions, Literature Reviews, Conclusions.  [Audio]


Professor William Moomaw:  [Audio] September 29, 2009
Professor William Moomaw:  Every Journey Begins with a Single Step: Developing your Dissertation Proposal [Audio]
Fares Research Center Desks
The Fares Research Center is located next to the Blakeley Parking Lot. In order to obtain a desk there, you must contact Ph.D. Program Director, Jenifer Burckett-Picker. First preference for Fares desks is given to students who have successfully completed their comprehensive exams. If space remains, those in the comprehensive exam phase may apply for space there. The center is a secure building that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Fares Center application form is in the Forms  section of this guide. 

Fellowship, Scholarship and Grant Information

The Office of Career Services (OCS) has scholarship, grant and academic fellowship on
Fletcher Career Central (FCC) as well as job information. From the home page, choose "detailed search" from the menu at the top of page and then choose option "Scholarships, grants, academic fellowships" and "submit". In far right column you can sort by "deadline". Additional information is sent to the Ph.D. list serve from the Director of the PhD Program and for Fletcher Financial Aid from the Dean of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid.

You will need to register for the Pivot (Community of Science-COS) funding alert forwarded to the list serve. In addition, COS registration allows Ph.D. students, using their Tufts email address, to create their own funding alert catered to their particular research interest. Alerts are sent via email on a weekly basis based on the criteria selected and there is an option to also post background education and/or a CV. Registration is free. Go to http://www.cos.com and then on second page select 'sign up'. Add your registration information. You can also use this site to search researchers at other institutions.

Finally, many professional organizations (APSA, APS, ISA, etc.) generate their own funding alerts and conference information.

There is also a fellowship database posted on the Ph.D. Trunk site.

Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship

The Eisenhower-Roberts Fellowship awards up to five $10K fellowships a year. Fletcher is one of 11 participating universities and can nominate up to two candidates per year who are in the dissertation phase by next September. The final candidates are chosen by the Eisenhower Inst. each year to receive the award.

Internal Fletcher deadline is January 20 to submit to Jenifer (for the PhD Fellowship Committee-composed of Acad. Dean plus faculty/staff members of PhD Committee) a CV, 3-4 page statement describing nature and scope of dissertation including timetable for completion, and a statement of your career aspirations (1000 wds or less). Please submit electronically.

If you are chosen as a Fletcher nominee, you will then need to submit to Jenifer by Feb.15th, two letters of recommendation (one from diss. Chair) and a 10-15 page writing sample on topic related to dissertation--e-copy of writing sample and hard or e-copy of letters of recommendation.

Please see www.eisenhowerinstitute.org for more details about what kind of research they support, and tailor your application so that it fits well within their areas of interest.

Morris Abrams Award

Please see below for more info on this award. Fletcher can nominate only one candidate. Internal Fletcher deadline for your application to Jenifer is February 1. If you are selected by the PhD Fellowship Committee as the Fletcher nominee, you will then need to send official undergrad and grad transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation directly to the Abrams Award Committee by March 6th deadline. Contact Jenifer for application form in early January.

Purpose: The recipient or recipients of the Morris Abrams Award shall be a person or persons who, by receipt of the award, may be enabled, assisted or encouraged to commence or continue meaningful involvement in the field of international relations, whether such an involvement be academic or otherwise, including the related disciplines of public service, journalism, and diplomacy.

Qualifications: There are no restrictions to age, residence, sex, race, creed, political or religious beliefs.

Amount of Grant: The amount of the stipend may be up to $6,000 given to an individual or divided between two qualified individuals.

Method of Selection: Applicants must submit their application by March 6th of each year, but if, in the opinion of the Committee, no one qualifies, an award need not be given in any one year. The recipient, if any, will be notified by June of that year.

Award Committee: The Award Committee will consist of representatives of the Political Science Department of Case Western Reserve University, the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, the Jewish Family Service Association, the Joint Educational Loan Committee, and the National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section.

JFSA Function: To assist the Award Committee in carrying out its responsibilities, the Jewish Family Service Association will provide such administrative services as developing and distributing appropriate publicity materials concerning the actions of the Committee, and distributing awards to the recipients.

Click here to view the application

Foreign Language Exams
You must successfully pass one written and one oral foreign language exam if your native language is English. They are offered each semester. If you were educated through high school in another language, you may file for an exemption to have English considered as your foreign language.  Contact Ann Marie Decembrele [Ann.Decembrele@Tufts.edu] who administers these exams for additional information. More information on the foreign language requirement.
CSAP Petition

Dissertation Proposal Defense Form

Dissertation Statement of Intent 

Fares Research Center Application and Agreement 

PhD Committee Petition 

PhD Conference Fund Application and Instructions 

PhD Plan of Study 

PhD Progress Report 

PhD Student's Defense - Graduation check list 

Request to Schedule PhD Comprehensive Exams

Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT)

This is an opportunity for one or two Ph.D.s a year (post dissertation proposal stage) to be chosen as Teaching Fellows for an intensive 3-week university-level teacher training course in May-June, followed by co-teaching a Fletcher course with a Fletcher "mentor" professor in the fall semester. Click here for more information and an application, which should be submitted to Jenifer Burckett-Picker by February 1. 

Please note that at Fletcher we do things a little differently from what is on the GIFT website. You need to identify the professor you want to work with and ask him/her if s/he is willing to support your application (and fill out his/her part). You also need to discuss any stipend with him/her. You can also speak with Neeraj Prasad, Rebecca Tapscott and Rabia Zafar who have recently participated in this program. See attached application.

Grant Applications/Successful
Grant Applications/Successful

Institute for Qualitative Multi-Method Research (IQMR)

The Ph.D. Program in conjunction with some Fletcher Programs (ISSP, CIERP, Institute for Human Security) will again be sponsoring students for attendance at the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) at Syracuse University for two weeks in mid-June. 

To be eligible to apply you should be in the dissertation proposal stage or have recently defended your dissertation proposal or have a strong letter of support from your adviser stating why s/he feels you are ready to attend. If you are selected for IQMR and you have not yet defended your dissertation proposal by May 1, a "draft proposal" will be due to me and your committee by May 1. To apply, please submit a one page description of your proposed dissertation research, making sure that you describe your methodology, and also a further paragraph on why you feel attendance at IQMR will be useful. Also state when you plan to defend your dissertation proposal, and have your adviser sign and comment on your need to attend IQMR. See the application here. Note that we expect everyone who applies via Fletcher to also apply via the IQMR Open Pool Application (deadline in November). Please cc me on your "Open Pool" application and then if not selected for Open Pool, send applications to me by January 20th.

For more information, please click here.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

All dissertations which deal with Human Subjects Research must be approved by the IRB, either through exemption or through full (or expedited) approval. PhD students are responsible for determining if they need to get IRB exemption or approval. Information on this process may be obtained from the Fletcher Connect website or by contacting Lara Sloboda, IRB Operations Manager at Lara.Sloboda@tufts.edu. PhD students should contact Jenifer Burckett-Picker before they start the IRB process.

Library - Classes on Databases & Citation Software at Ginn
Ginn library frequently offers classes on using databases as well as Endnote and Refworks citation software throughout the academic year. They will be announced on the official email list serve.

Library - Harvard Widener Borrowing Privileges, Etc.

Fletcher students may get a Harvard College Library Special Borrower’s Card. In order to obtain one, you must go to the Library Privileges Office at Widener Library, Room 195 and show your Fletcher Student ID card.

Please visit the library pages on the Fletcher website for additional information on interlibrary loans and access to many other libraries.

Media Outreach
Fletcher’s Marketing Communications office facilitates interviews with the media and assists in the publishing of op-eds and articles. These services are available to the Fletcher community, including faculty, current students and administration. For additional information, please contact the Communications Office (cpr@tufts.edu).

Miscellaneous & Ph.D. Program Information
Additional information on the Ph.D. program can be found in the Student Handbook on pages referring to the PhD Program.


Various Fletcher committees review issues relating to Ph.D. student life. Below is a brief summary of common issues.

The CSAP reviews petitions for the following issues:

  • exceptions, exemptions or equivalency for fields of study or divisional requirements (excluding methodology and statistics requirements)
  • retroactive credit for coursework offered toward the 5th semester
  • further extension of coursework: first request
  • late course enrollment
  • creating a special field

The Ph.D. Committee reviews petitions for the following issues:

  • exemption, exception and equivalency for the methodology & statistics requirements
  • extension of Ph.D. candidacy
  • approval of Ph.D. dissertation proposals
  • change of reader and/or title of thesis from original proposal
  • change of timing/examiner of comprehensive exams
  • deferring beginning the Ph.D. Program
  • reader exceptions (i.e., two non-Fletcher readers)
  • formal admission for internal admits
  • reinstatement to Ph.D. degree candidacy

Both the Student Academic Programs (CSAP) and Ph.D. Committee review the transfer credit toward the 5th semester.
See the Petition Forms page on the PhD website for these forms.

Ph.D. Colloquium

The biweekly Ph.D. Colloquium meets on Mondays from 12:30pm-1:45pm.

Attendance expected for all resident Ph.D. students, and those not at Fletcher can join via video conference by letting Michael Byrnes know by the previous Thursday. All those in the dissertation proposal stage are expected to present their research before they defend their proposal. We encourage you to invite your adviser and dissertation committee members to your presentation. Colloquium dates and signups will be sent out at the beginning of each semester.

Ph.D. Committee

In coordination with other Committees at Fletcher, the Academic Dean and the Executive Associate Dean for Student Affairs, the PhD Committee directs the doctoral program. It is the policymaking body of the Ph.D. program. The committee:

  • Reviews all successfully defended Dissertation Proposals. It may approve, reject or conditionally approve any proposal pending additional information.
  • Decides outcome of the following student petitions:
  • extension of Ph.D. candidacy
  • change of reader
  • change of title from original proposal
  • change of timing/examiner of comprehensive exams
  • deferring beginning the Ph.D. Program
  • reader exceptions (i.e., two non-Fletcher readers)
  • reinstatement to Ph.D. degree candidacy
  • equivalency credit toward the 5th semester (the CSAP committee also reviews this petition)
  • Determines internal and external admission to the program
  • Nominates doctoral students for internal/fellowships that require school/institutional selection. Application deadlines for these awards are announced on the listserv. Nominees are drawn from the pool of applicants and not from the entire doctoral student body.

Dates of PhD Committee Meetings in 2016-17

Note that petitions and materials for the PhD Committee Meetings should be sent electronically to Jenifer at least a week prior to the meeting date. Dissertation Proposals (in both hard and e copy) should be sent at least TWO WEEKS prior to the meeting date.

  • September 20, 2016
  • October 25, 2016
  • December 6, 2016
  • January 24, 2017
  • March 14, 2017
  • April 18, 2017
  • May 18, 2017


Membership is comprised of at least four professors (one of whom serves as the chair), the Director of the PhD Program, a member of the Registrar’s Office, a member of the Admission's Office, and two student representatives elected by doctoral students in the Spring. In addition, the Director of Admissions and Financial Services Laurie Hurley and Associate Director Jessica Daniels participate in the admissions meetings. Student members do not participate in the admissions meetings or the internal fellowship selection discussions.

Chair of the Ph.D. Committee:  Chair of the Ph.D. Committee: Nadim Rouhana, Prof. of International Negotiation and Conflict Studies, Director of the International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program

  • Members:
  • Robert L. Pfaltzgraff, Prof. of International Security Studies
  • Karen Jacobsen, Associate Professor of Global Migration
  • Zeynep Bulutgil: Ass't Prof. of Comparative Politics
  • Jenifer Burckett-Picker, Director of the Ph.D. Program
  • Ann Marie Decembrele: Assoc. Registrar
  • Jessica Daniels, Sr. Assoc. Director, Admissions Office
  • Jeffrey Bacon, Ph.D. Student Rep
  • Roxanne Krystalli, Ph.D. Student Rep
Ph.D. Committee Meeting Minutes
Ph.D. Conference Fund

We have limited funds ($10,000 for the year, divided into about $3,300 per application cycle) to help support you if you are giving a paper at an academic conference. This usually helps with partial travel expenses and the conference fee (we assume you are a member of the organization and pay the member fee), so you should apply to other sources as well for further funding. 

Deadlines are September 15 (for conferences November - February), January 15 (March - June) and May 15 (July - October). View the application here.

Ph.D. Fellowship Committee

The Ph.D. Fellowship Committee consists of the faculty and administrator members of the Ph.D. Committee, plus the Academic Dean.

This Committee is tasked with reviewing:

  • Ph.D. student fellowship applications for internal Fletcher nomination (Eisenhower-Roberts Predoctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Morris Abrams Award, and Brookings Institute Fellowships)
  • Fletcher Ph.D. Summer Research Grant applications (total amount varies from year to year from $5K to $40K and amount is not usually known until early-mid May)

Criteria usually used, in the order given below, include:

  • Merit of application and how well (in the case of fellowships) it fits what the awarding organization is asking for
  • Support from faculty adviser
  • Stage of applicant in Ph.D. Program, with those in dissertation stage given preference
  • Financial need

Other factors that may be considered (for Summer Research Funds) are:

  • Support from other Fletcher programs (ISSP, Inst. for HS, World Peace Fdn, etc.)
  • Realistic budget amounts with priority given to travel, lodging, and food in that order
  • Equity among those who apply for funding

Ph.D. Progress Report

All students in the post-coursework phase by December 1 need to file a PhD Progress Report with the PhD Program Director describing what progress they have made over the past year. Your continuing financial aid is based on adequate progress in the program. Please see the report form here.

Previous Fletcher Dissertations and Dissertation Proposals
Bound copies of previous Fletcher dissertations are available in Ginn Library. Some Dissertation Proposals are also available in Ginn. Students have an option of whether or not to make their proposals public. There are two acceptable proposal formats: the standard social-science proposal and the three essay proposal for business students. An outline of the social science proposal is on the PhD webpage in the Dissertation Proposal Guide. Information on the three-essay proposal can be found in the PhD section of the Fletcher Student Handbook.

Post Course Work - Registration
After completing the comprehensive examinations, Ph.D. candidates who are beyond the coursework phase continue to pay the Ph.D. enrollment fee each semester and must register each semester on-line using SIS for a 400-level PhD Reading and Research course for either full, half, or part-time study. A reminder email will be sent out to the list-serve from the Registrar's Office each year in July and December, so PhD students should take care to check their Tufts email account regularly. PhD students who do not enroll themselves in SIS for one of the 400-level PhD Reading and Research courses will be automatically enrolled for part-time study by the Registrar. Please note that students who are enrolled for part-time study are not eligible for loan deferment.

Please also note that PhD students who are no longer enrolled in traditional courses are not automatically assessed the health insurance and health service fees. PhD students (in the post coursework phase) who want health coverage through Tufts must contact the Health Services directly to make arrangements to purchase Health Insurance.
Professional Organizations

There are a series of professional organizations that provide information on international relations and other areas of interests to doctoral students. Many offer discounted subscription fees for students and provide information on conferences, job fairs, grants, etc. Some common ones are:

Registering A Laptop
TTS recommends that students/faculty/staff use tufts-secure for their wireless connection, which does not require registration. See https://it.tufts.edu/securewireless for more information.

Student Information System (SIS) Website
The SIS website (https://sis.uit.tufts.edu/) is a primary reference point for students. This is where they register (during the course-work phase), view and/or print an unofficial transcript, order an official transcript, view balances, and update personal information such as phone number, address and email contact.
Student Representatives
There are several Ph.D. student representatives. A list of current representatives and their functions can be found on the PhD Website under Ph.D. Student Leaders

Student Webpages

All registered, Fletcher Ph.D. students have the option of creating a free personal webpage on which to showcase their research. This page will remain active for up to one year past graduation. You may provide as much or as little information as you like, such as name, fields of study, advisors/chair, research interests, proposed dissertation title, CV, and/or a photo.  Please go to http://www.fletcher.tufts.edu/PhD/Our-Students/Add-Your-Profile to create your webpage.


You can visit the "student webpages" at  http://www.fletcher.tufts.edu/Fletcher_Directory/Directory  (and click on "PhD tab") to sample some of the pages. Please be aware that any information will be accessible to anyone with an internet address, therefore use caution when posting items with personal information such as your social security number, student ID number, telephone and/or address.
Webex Recordings
To access recordings of PhD Colloquia, please click here.