Current Graduate Students


Travel Grants for Graduate & Professional Students

OGPS awards a limited number of travel grants of up to $400 each for students to present a paper or poster at a conference. All Tulane graduate and professional students are eligible to apply. Application guidelines and the application form are available here.



OGPS sponsors workshops that support the professional development of Tulane's graduate students. Topics include:

  • An Orientation for New Teaching Assistants - August 21, 2014 - This seminar is for all new graduate teaching instructors and assistants. Speakers from across the university will discuss policies and resources for teaching.
  • Careers in Academia I and II -
    • Careers in Academia I: Initiating the Job Search -  This workshop is designed for graduate students in their dissertation period and postdoctoral fellows and will provide feedback about the career search, as well as provide a peer review of your CV.
    • Careers in Academia II: The Interview Process - In this session you'll learn what to expect and prepare within the interview process: phone interview skills, what to anticipate at an onsite interview, preparing for the job talk and sample class, and negotiating a job offer.
  • Graduate "Re-Orientation" - January 9, 2015 - This half-day orientation is designed to provide students with the resources and contacts they need on topics such as Title IX, financial aid and cost of attendance, student health services and student health insurance.
  • Career Exploration Beyond Academe - Discover career opportunities for master's- and PhD-holders, as well as postdocs, in industry: non-profit, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, and consulting.
  • Career Planning for Graduates: Jobs in Academia - This workshop provides an introduction to the types of institutions of higher education and the tenure process.
  • Academic Research and Scholarship -This seminar focuses on scholarly and research productivity aspects of careers in academia, submitting grant applications, and securing a book contract.
  • Ready, Set, Teach: A Teaching Workshop - May 13-14, 2014 - This two-day workshop covers the teaching essentials, from utilizing technology in the classroom and leading discussions to classroom management and setting boundaries.

OGPS also publishes a Teaching Resource Manual for Graduate Student Instructors in collaboration with the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT). To suggest a topic or speakers for workshops, e-mail OGPS at



To review the policies affecting graduate study at Tulane, see the OGPS policies page or the University Catalog.  For information on policies related to your specific program of study, consult with your advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies for your degree program.

Mentoring Relationships

Faculty mentors play an important role in graduate students' experiences and success. OGPS provides several tips for finding a mentor.


Campus Resources

Tulane has many resources to assist you in your research and teaching, and to foster your engagement with the university community.  


External Funding

OGPS has compiled a list of external funding sources for graduate study, research, and postdoctoral experiences. 


External Awards

Each year the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) sponsors two Master's thesis awards and an ETD Master's Thesis Award. You can find information about the Master's thesis awards here.  CSGS also offers a Digital Thesis award. You can find more information here.



Graduating Students

At the end of spring semester, Tulane holds a Master's/PhD Graduate Hooding and Recognition Ceremony for graduating students in Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, and Continuing Studies.


History of Graduate Programs at Tulane

Graduate work was first offered at Tulane in 1883-84. Four students received Master of Arts degrees in 1885, and the first Doctor of Philosophy was conferred in 1887. In the ensuing years, graduate program offerings continued to develop under several different names and forms of administration. In 1925, the Faculty of Graduate Studies became the Graduate School.  With the renewal of the university in 2006, all graduate program administration returned to the respective schools and the Graduate School was closed. Today, graduate studies are administered by the deans of the schools. At the departmental level, the graduate chair is responsible for the administration of graduate affairs.  The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) opened in 2012. 


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