Final Public Oral (FPO) Checklist

Timeline to FPO

When planning your FPO

At least seven weeks before:

  • Confirm FPO date with your FPO committee
  • Notify the Graduate Program Coordinator who your readers will be, date of the FPO and names of the examiners
  • Distribute final draft of your dissertation to readers

More than two weeks before:

For an application to be considered complete, the following materials must be included:

Materials submitted by the student

  • A copy of the title page, correctly formatted
  • A copy of the abstract, 350 words or less
  • A CV of any external examiner or reader. Committee membership from someone outside the University must be approved by the Graduate School prior to completion of the advanced degree application
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Embargo Request and Approval form if applicable

Materials submitted by the department

Three days before:

  • Confirm that your FPO announcement has been posted 

Day of FPO:

  • Bring a bound copy of the thesis to the FPO
  • Confirm that the FPO Examination Report has the signature of FPO chair or DGS

The following items are due in Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library normally immediately after the successful completion of the FPO examination:

  • Final Public Oral Exam Report signed by chair of FPO Committee or DGS (1 original plus 1 copy)
  • One bound copy of the dissertation
  • Print-out of confirmation e-mail from submission of dissertation to ProQuest/UMD ETD
  • A $15.00 dissertation maintenance fee. (payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check payable to Princeton University Library)
  • Payment of publishing and copyright fees, if applicable (the Graduate School requires traditional or open access publication and does not allow publication restrictions)
  • If an embargo was requested, a copy of the Graduate School's embargo approval

The documents below must be submitted in hard copy to the Graduate School, Academic Affairs, 111 Clio Hall, normally immediately after the successful completion of final public oral exam: