Student Resources

The following resources aid current graduate students in planning their doctoral program, funding their attendance and conferences, and participating in the departmental community.

Graduate Student Manual

A detailed description of the graduate program in Political Science.

2019-2020 Comprehensive Exam Dates

  • Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Comprehensive Examinations and Guidelines

Field Expectations for Annual Reviews

Grants and Fellowships 

A number of Notre Dame centers and institutes offer grants for students' research and professional development, as well as conference presentation. Visit the Office of Grants and Fellowships for more details on funding opportunities. 


Travel and Expense Reporting

  • 2019 Department Conference Funding Policy
  • Mileage Justification Form - The purpose of this form is to document mileage claimed when using a personal automobile for a business trip that is in excess of 1,000 miles (round-trip).

  • Student Business Travel Certification Form - A completed Student Business Travel Certification Form must be submitted with a travel expense report when requesting reimbursement to a student for University business travel in order for the payment to be made on a tax-free basis under the University’s Accountable Plan rules. Please email a copy a 

The University has converted to a mandatory electronic reporting system. Use the TravelND Guide to assist you in your expense reporting. Please direct any specific questions to the Graduate Program Coordinator.