Graduate School

Professional Development

The University provides abundant opportunities for students to develop as teachers, scholars, speakers, and researchers.

Professional development is an integral part of graduate education. In coordination with offices and centers across campus, the Graduate School helps graduate students develop the skills they need to succeed in both the academic and non-academic worlds. 

Development Plan

The Graduate School encourages students to develop an Individual Development Plan to map out career goals and the steps of their professional development. Doctoral students can take advantage of Brown's distinctive development opportunities.

Learn about Brown's Distinctive Opportunities

Center for Career Exploration

The Center for Career Exploration offers advising services and extensive programming for those seeking career information and job search assistance. You can schedule individual sessions to ask quick questions on resume or CV critiques, and attend programs and workshops. Services are geared to both master’s and doctoral students. All sessions are confidential. 

Brown Ph.D. Career Beyond Academia Panel Series, Hiring Ph.D.--Employer's Perspective Info Session Series, and Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job Workshop Series.
Graduate students should complete their profile on Handshake. Handshake is Brown's system for making appointments, finding job postings and learning about workshops and events.
Graduate students should complete their profile on BrownConnect. BrownConnect allows students to connect with alumni for internship opportunities or networking.

Distinctive Opportunities


The Graduate Community Fellows Program is an opportunity for graduate students to cultivate community, leadership, collaboration, and problem solving skills through developing and implementing initiatives that strengthen the Brown graduate community and foster a culture that respects and celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity. Initiatives fall under one of the following areas: Race & Social Justice, International Community, Wellness & Health, Family-Friendly, and Master’s Student Community.

Read about the Graduate Community Fellows Program


Publishing is one measure of student development. Graduate students are welcome to work with peer mentors in the Writing Center.  

The Graduate School is pleased to celebrate and acknowledge publishing success: Please email your accomplishments to

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Additional Professional Development Opportunities

External awards are prestigious and a valuable acknowledgement of intellectual pursuit and promis. Writing a fellowship proposal can clarify your thinking about your research and improve your ability to communicate its impact
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Developing teaching and presentation skills are measures of your development, whether you aim to teach, conduct research, or be a leader at a federal agency, a museum, or think tank.
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English language and acculturation training is available to incoming international students during the summer, through a collaborative effort of the Center for Language Studies (CLS) and the Graduate School.
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Presenting papers at professional conferences is important to doctoral students' academic careers and growth as professionals, and is relevant experience for careers both inside and outside of academe.
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The Graduate Research Travel Grant provides supplemental funding for scholarly research travel that occurs during the academic year.
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The International Travel Fund provides funding for graduate student conference presentations and research studies abroad.
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Take advantage of resources and services at the CareerLAB. You can schedule individual sessions, drop in for quick questions on resume or CV critiques, and attend programs and workshops.
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Groups for Humanities and Social Sciences and Life and Physical Sciences facilitate networking among current graduate students and alumni with advanced degrees from Brown University in these fields.
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