Winter break is great! Though as PhD students you still need to work.
Very generous with holidays, vacation and sick time.
Duke uses a paid holiday system called Discretionary Days, which includes the usual national holidays. If you needed to work on a given holiday you can apply the time off to a different date. Earned vacation days roll over each year, there is a maximum but it's quite large. You can stockpile a maximum of 20 days' worth of vacation time with up to 4 years' service; max 30 days from 4-9 years service; and max 40 days if at Duke >9 years.
The paid time off and sick leave rolls over every years so it ends up accumulating very quickly. I was able to get all 12 weeks paid for maternity leave using my vacation and sick leave.
I received generous amounts of vacation and sick time. And Duke has a program that allows employees to share unused sick time with others who need it.
you start with 3 weeks paid time off and then a few extra days as well/
It depends on your PhD advisor and the common practice in his/her group
You get three weeks. It's pretty good. They aren't too strict with giving time off either. Ask and you will receive.
PTO comes out to about 6 weeks/year for a full-time nurse. This PTO includes vacation days, sick days, and getting called off if the unit census is too low.
2 weeks vocation, 7 weeks maternity paid leave for PhD student