PhD Students

Step-by-step overview of doctoral process:

Forms and where to send them:

Forms page:

Please send the following forms to

  • Annual Progress Report Form
  • Request for Qualifying Examination Date and Committee Form
  • PhD Qualifying Examination Report Form
  • Thesis Letter of Intent Form
  • Doctoral Compact Form
  • Thesis Committee Report Form
  • Thesis Proposal Defense Report Form

Please send forms related to Graduation to

  • Approval for Thesis Binding
  • Approval of Thesis for Public Defense
  • Thesis Defense Report and Part B with any Itemized Changes, If Needed Form

How to find them:

  • Chronicle of higher education (
  • Higher education research consortium (

Friedman Career Services, including a section on developing a CV and applying for academic positions:

Local opportunities to do a postdoc:

TEACRS Program - TEACRS fellows are provided with up to four years of support and a wealth of resources to better prepare them as future faculty. They spend 75% of their time in research, with the remaining time devoted to teaching and career development activities.

Tufts CTSI TL1 Fellowship Program – For those with an interest in clinical and translational research, you are encouraged to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship. These are prestigious, NIH-funded programs that provide a stipend and full tuition for the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program.

Current workshops and opportunities


Science Communication Workshop with Jonathan and Lauren Garlick

When:  Wednesday June 27, 10:00am – 2:00pm  

Where:  Mezzanine Conference Room, JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (711 Washington Street, Boston, 02111)

Register: *Spaces are limited, register in advance*

Do you want to better communicate your research to other scientists, the general public and on grants and scholarship applications?

Join us for an interactive workshop on improving your science communication skills! Learn how to connect with diverse audiences, powerfully engage listeners about why your research matters and contribute to a public understanding and enthusiasm about your research.

This workshop will be led by Dr. Jonathan Garlick and Lauren Garlick. Dr. Jonathan Garlick is Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine and School of Engineering. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life where he leads a national science education initiative in Civic Science to inform public learning about science. Lauren Garlick is a communication skills expert who develops the potential of professionals to communicate effectively and lead with awareness and confidence through her company, the Lauren Garlick group.

Lunch will be provided.


On-going programs

IMPACT Program – hosted at MIT, the program is for advanced doctoral students and postdocs from the Boston area and from all areas of health research, with the goal of advancing trainees’ abilities to shape and create career opportunities, and to become the stewards of (take ownership of) their careers.

Surviving the Doctorate and Beyond: Recommended Reading

University-Wide Resources

Local Restaurants (recommended by other Friedman doctoral students)

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