Ph.D. Academic Forms, Advising Resources and Feedback

Registration Forms:

Helpful Scheduling Tools for All Exam and Committee Meetings:

Qualifying Exam Forms:

Dissertation Proposal Forms:

Annual Committee meeting forms:

Doctoral Dissertation Defense and Applying for Graduation:

Special dissertation defense and deposit instructions continue to be in effect for the Spring 2022 semester. Dissertation defenses may be in-person or presented via remote conferencing. All forms required for depositing will be submitted electronically, and title page signatures are not required. A printed copy of the dissertation will not be required, and the dissertation must be submitted electronically via ETD Administrator. Refer to our deposit instructions for additional guidance. 

    • Graduate Degree Calendar
      • Exempt from tuition in final term
        • To be eligible for exemption from tuition and fees in the final semester before graduation, the
          PhD candidate must have successfully defended their dissertation within the Provost’s “defend
          by and deposit by” deadlines of the final term they list below. All necessary course work and
          other requirements must be completed. Please note the student MUST be registered for 9950
          dissertation credit in their final term to request the waiver.
    • If you defend within the first
    • Graduation Information for PhD students, including a Checklist with step-by-step instructions for PhD Students
    • Graduation FAQs
  • Dissertation Formatting Information
  • Additional FAQs and links to systems (Degree Application, Penn Graduate Forms, ETD Administrator, etc.) are also available.
  • Your stipend ends at graduation, either on your deposit date or if you are continuing to do work in lab until the official graduation date and degree is posted.  You and your advisor should discuss and plan for an end date of work as a PhD student and stipend. please notify the payroll office of the date so that they are aware that your stipend should end. You must notify the payroll office so the stipend will end when you are no longer working in the lab as a PHD student. Thank you.