September 19, 2018

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship Opportunity

Applications are now open for the NPSC fellowship program. The NPSC Program provides a two-phase, six-year fellowship. Initial support is for two or three years, depending on the employer-sponsor.

September 18, 2018

U-Pass Pick-Up Schedule at The Graduate School

If you were not able to pick up your U-Pass transit card during our New Student Orientation, it will be available to pick up at The Graduate School approximately two weeks after your Wildcard photo was submitted online or taken at the Wildcard Office. (We appreciate your feedback regarding the long wait time in line yesterday and will reevaluate our distribution process for next year.)

September 9, 2018

Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic (SAFE) Discussion on September 17

All members of the Northwestern community are invited to a discussion aimed to educate attendees on the next steps to address the firearm epidemic, with guest speakers and a panel discussion on gun violence. There will also be a moment of silence in memory of Shane Colombo, an incoming PhD student who lost his life on September 2 as a victim of gun violence in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic: How Can We Address Gun Violence? Monday, September 17, Noon - 1:00 PM, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center - John Hughes Auditorium, First Floor, 303 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611

September 9, 2018

TGS Childcare Grant Fall Quarter Deadline is October 2

The Graduate School's graduate student childcare grant application cycle is now open for the fall quarter. Northwestern offers portable childcare grants for eligible graduate students affiliated with The Graduate School (TGS). These grants are intended to provide funded TGS student parents some financial support to help with childcare expenses wherever they may be residing, national or internationally, and to enable them to pursue their graduate studies. The childcare grant is designed to be flexible so that families can choose the type of childcare best suited to their needs. 

September 9, 2018

Microsoft PhD Fellowship Opportunity

Microsoft is offering a two-year fellowship for PhD students at North American universities pursuing research aligned to the research topics carried out by Microsoft Research.

September 8, 2018

Microsoft Ada Lovelace Fellowship Opportunity

The Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students from groups underrepresented in computing (women, African Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, people with disabilities and/or LGBTQ). 

September 8, 2018

Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies

The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies encourages original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Previous fellows have explored such topics as transnational religious education for Muslim women, feminist technology design, the complex gender dynamics of transidentity management, women’s electoral success across racial and institutional contexts, women’s sports, and militarism and the education of American women. The 2019 Fellowship competition will select 10 fellows who will receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.

September 8, 2018

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in all areas of human endeavor. Eligible proposals have religious or ethical values as a central concern, and come from fields within the humanities and social sciences. In the current Newcombe competition, at least 20 non-renewable fellowships of $25,000 will be awarded for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. PhD and ThD candidates who will be in the final year of dissertation writing during the 2019-2020 academic year may apply.

September 8, 2018

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Information Session on October 3

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. The application deadline is November 1, 2018. Join the Office of Fellowships at an information session on Wednesday, October 3, from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at the Segal Visitors Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room to learn more. Pizza will be served.

August 31, 2018

Register for Fall Quarter by September 10

All active students in The Graduate School who are continuing their studies in fall quarter must register per The Graduate School’s continuous registration policy. Current students may register for fall quarter until 11:59 PM on Monday, September 10. 

August 28, 2018

Current Kellogg Courses Available to TGS Students

Each quarter, Kellogg opens a handful of courses to TGS students. Available courses and registration instructions are outlined on the Non-Kellogg Student Registration webpage. Non-Kellogg registration for Fall 2018 begins on Monday, August 27, and ends on Friday, August 31 at 5:00 PM. All of the classes open to non-Kellogg students have a limited number of available seats. Registration requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Follow the steps for registration to ensure your request is reviewed.

August 20, 2018

Fall Open Enrollment for Student Dental and Vision Insurance

The fall open enrollment period for Northwestern student health dental and insurance plans is from August 1 to October 1,  2018. Plans become active on September 1, 2018. Visit to enroll. The 12-month plans that were purchased in fall 2017 and the 6-month plans that were purchased in spring 2018 both end on August 31, 2018. Enrollment in a new plan year is not automatic. Students must re-enroll to continue coverage! A new supplement plan is also available to students this year.

August 13, 2018

Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD, Appointed as TGS Associate Dean for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs

Gayle E. Woloschak, PhD, has been appointed Associate Dean for Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs at The Graduate School effective September 1, 2018.

July 25, 2018

Changes to TGS Internal Fellowships and Grants

The Graduate School (TGS) recently evaluated its internal fellowships and grants to ensure these funding opportunities align with our funding policies. As a result, several changes will go into effect in September 2018.

July 23, 2018

Fall 2018 TGS Student Activity Fee Increase

Since the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has raised its fares over the past several years, TGS will receive a substantial increase in our newest contract for graduate student U-Passes, effective September 1, 2018. To help offset this increase, TGS is raising our student activity fee by $15 per quarter, beginning in the fall of 2018. 

July 17, 2018

International Travel News and Information from Global Safety and Security

Stay up to date on international travel news by visiting the Global Safety and Security message website. Also note that GeoBlue has a new feature for students who need confirmation of coverage in order to apply for a visa.

July 9, 2018

U-Passes Available for Pickup at The Graduate School

If you are eligible for and do not currently have a U-Pass, or if your card will expire this month (July 2018), please email, or call TGS at 847.491.5279 to confirm if we have a card waiting for you to pick up during our normal office hours.

June 28, 2018

Recently Funded Training Grant Programs

Congratulations to the following faculty and their teams on their recently funded training grant programs:

June 12, 2018

Two Northwestern Students Named Mellon-ACLS Public Fellows in 2018

Two Northwestern graduate students have been selected as part of the eighth annual cohort of Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows. This year’s 24 fellows will take up two-year, full-time positions with top nonprofit organizations and government agencies working in the fields of policy, civil rights, arts and culture, and the media. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

May 31, 2018

Plant-It Purple: Main Planting Day

Mark your calendar on June 4 for Plant-It Purple's biggest event of the year: Main Planting Day! Plant-It Purple has ordered a ton of flowers for their garden and will need help planting them all. It will be a nice way to break from your studies or research and spend some time outdoors!

May 30, 2018

Recent NIH Training Award Notices

The NIH has posted several notices for small changes to various training awards. Please click the links below to learn more.

May 29, 2018

2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Deadline

The national deadline for the 2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad competition cycle has been announced by the program director as July 2, 2018. Our campus deadline is Monday, June 18, 2018 at noon. Please email Stephen Hill at in the Office of Fellowships as soon as possible if you would like to apply in this current cycle.

May 29, 2018

Cast Your Vote for the 2018-2019 GSA Executive Board

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) has a wonderful group of candidates who are looking forward to bringing you more social and service events during the upcoming school year. Please show your support by casting your ballot for the nominees here. The poll is open until midnight on Wednesday, May 30.

May 21, 2018

TGS Graduate Student Funding Walk-in Hours

TGS doctoral students with questions about their graduate funding are invited to talk to members of our TGS Financial Team during the following walk-in hours on the dates listed below to better understand how TGS advocates for and provides support. 

May 21, 2018

TGS Summer 2018 Registration Guidelines

Below are some general guidelines regarding summer enrollment for students in The Graduate School.

May 14, 2018

Free Academic Job Search Webinar on May 16, 2018

Join Northwestern Presidential Fellow and PhD alumna, Alanna Hickey ('16 PhD, English), for a free webinar that will address key questions that arise in anticipation of and during the academic job search.

May 11, 2018

PhD Student Alex Gurvich Awarded Two Prestigious Fellowships

CIERA’s Alex Gurvich, a second-year astronomy graduate student advised by Professor Claude-André Faucher-Giguère, recently accepted two important fellowships within the same week. Part of the Galaxy Formation Group at Northwestern, Alex explores “the invisible universe” (the history and features of galaxies, stars, and supernovae) using computer simulations.

May 10, 2018

Message From Dean Woodruff: Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Student Support

The following message was sent to humanities and social sciences PhD students on Thursday, May 10.

May 1, 2018

2017-2018 Bouchet Society Inductees

The Graduate School was pleased to induct three graduate students and two postdoctoral fellows into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) on Friday, April 27, 2018.

April 19, 2018

TGS Hooding Ceremony Student Marshal Applications

TGS is seeking four current TGS students to be student marshals at our upcoming PhD & MFA Hooding Ceremony on Thursday, June 21 at Cahn Auditorium.

April 19, 2018

Call for Nominations: 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards

The Council of Graduate Schools seeks nominations for the 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards in the following fields: 1) Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering and 2) Social Sciences.

April 19, 2018

Alumnae Award Recipients

The Alumnae Grants Committee selected 21 recipients out of 42 proposals, and a total of $120,000 was distributed for the 2017/18 cycle.

April 16, 2018

2018 Dissertation Proposal Development Program Participants

We are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 participants of the Northwestern University – Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Program.

April 9, 2018

Spring 2018 Graduation Deadlines

TGS students who wish to graduate in spring 2018 must meet the deadlines listed below.

April 6, 2018

Northwestern MFA student wins The Alliance/Kendeda Competition

The Alliance/Kendeda Competition continues to spotlight the best emerging playwrights with a full production for the competition winner and staged readings for four competition finalists. GOODNIGHT, TYLER by B.J. Tindal of Northwestern University is the 16th competition winner and will have its world premiere on the Hertz Stage February 16 - March 10, 2019.

March 22, 2018

New Presidential Fellows Announcement

Announcing the 2018 Presidential Fellowship recipients for 2018. The new fellows will be inducted to the Society of Fellows this spring.

March 21, 2018

Campus Safety Town Hall

Join Dean Teresa Woodruff, NUPD Commander Chin, Associate Director of Graduate Student Engagement Dana Bozeman, and Director of Residential Life Valronica Scales for a town hall discussion regarding campus safety and the emergency threat that took place on March 14.

March 20, 2018

Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW)

Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) will take place from April 2-6.

March 19, 2018

TGS Associate Dean Transition and Search Announcement

This summer, Hank Seifert will conclude his three-year appointment as Associate Dean for Student Affairs to return full-time to his post as the John E. Porter Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Microbiology-Immunology Department of the Feinberg School of Medicine.

March 19, 2018

In Motion: Performance and Unsettling Borders

The 2018 Department of Performance Studies Graduate Student Conference, In Motion: Performance and Unsettling Borders, invites graduate students—practitioners and scholars—to generate dialogue and debate by coming together around artistic work and interdisciplinary thinking. The event will take place from April 27-29, 2018. 

February 21, 2018

Announcement regarding insurance subsidy and fee structure from the Bienen School of Music

Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, the Bienen School of Music will provide a subsidy to cover the cost of Northwestern’s health insurance plan.

January 25, 2018

Hype your RESEARCH, Meet the Dean!

Are you creating a transformative environment for learning and discovery in your seminar, lecture, colloquium, or discussion section? The Graduate School wants to know about it!

January 22, 2018

Women's Health Research Day

zJanuary 25 is now considered "Women's Health Research Day" in celebration of tend anniversary of the implementation of the landmark policy set forth by the NIH, requiring investigators to consider sex as a biological variable.

January 8, 2018

TGS's Attorney Winter Dates

TGS's Attorney for students, Arthur Corbin, is available to meet with students on both campuses.

January 4, 2018

Remembering CC DuBois

After a battle with brain cancer, TGS alumna Cynthia (CC) DuBois passed away on January 3. We are deeply saddened by this great loss to our graduate community.