Post-Funded Years

Ideally, you should complete and defend your dissertation within your funded years (5 years for
those with a prior MA or President’s Graduate Research Fellowship; 6 years for those without).  At any
point in the program, if you have questions or concerns about your timetable to the degree, please
do not hesitate to consult with the DGS. All students are especially encouraged to meet with the
DGS to  discuss their plans for finishing the PhD at the beginning of their penultimate year of
funding.

Students who are out of funding are eligible for teaching on the following basis:  If you have not
defended within your funded years, your progress will be reviewed annually by the Graduate Steering
Committee.  If the committee approves of your progress, you will remain eligible for whatever
teaching is available after all positions have been assigned to those in aid. If the committee
doesn’t approve your progress, it will provide you with a detailed plan for the following year,
during which you will be eligible for teaching after all positions have been assigned to those in
aid as well as to those out of aid but making satisfactory progress. If your progress is not
approved at your next annual review, you will be required to leave the program. Please note that
the Graduate College requires a student to defend within five years of passing the comprehensive
exam.

Please note that the Graduate College requires a student to defend within five years of passing the
comprehensive exam.