Professional Development

September 9, 2019

Apply for Leadership Coaching by September 24

Today's world is calling for a generation of powerful leaders to step up, and no single formula can make all leaders effective. The Center for Leadership's philosophy rests in authentic leadership, focusing on developing each student leader's distinct talents rather than trying to mold a sole idea of what leadership looks like. 

September 9, 2019

A Note from the Northwestern Public Health Review

The Northwestern Public Health Review is looking for new editors, graphic designers, officers, and contributors. All graduate and professional students are welcome to participate.

September 5, 2019

TGS Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Internship Applications Due September 20

The Graduate School (TGS) announces a new Diversity and Inclusion internship position, which gives one non-STEM doctoral student the opportunity to support the TGS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The intern will work in a paid, monthly position on significant projects; interacting with senior leadership and gaining experience in implementing a diversity and inclusion strategy in higher education.

September 5, 2019

Current Kellogg MBA Courses Available to TGS Students

Each quarter, Kellogg opens a handful of MBA courses to TGS students. Available courses and instructions for requesting registration are outlined on the Non-Kellogg Student Registration webpage.

August 26, 2019

Youth Mentoring Opportunity: Science Club

Science in Society is seeking graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and/or staff to volunteer at an afterschool science mentorship program called Science Club. This initiative, now in its 11th year, is designed to spark middle school kids' interest in science and teach "scientific habits of mind" through challenging, hands-on lab activities.

August 12, 2019

AISES Engineering Faculty Career Workshop 2019

Early-career faculty members, postdoctoral professionals, and PhD students in engineering are invited to attend the Faculty Career Workshop on Wednesday, October 9 and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) National Conference, Thurday-Saturday, October 10-12, via the ASSIST Travel Grant.

July 30, 2019

Skills & Careers in Science Writing Applications Due August 30

Applications are now open for Northwestern STEM+ PhD candidates interested in developing science writing and communication skills.

July 29, 2019

Apply for IDDEAS@Kellogg/Booth Event by August 30

Join Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for the Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship IDDEAS@Kellogg/Booth event on Thursday and Friday, October 10-11. 

July 22, 2019

Write to Change the World Seminar Opportunity

The Graduate School is excited to partner with the Op-Ed Project to offer ten graduate students and postdoctoral trainees the opportunity to participate in one of three "Write to Change the World" seminars in Chicago this fall.

July 22, 2019

New TA Conference Registration Now Open

All graduate students with teaching responsibilities at Northwestern are invited to register for the New TA Conference (NTAC) on Thursday, September 19 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the Technological Institute.

July 16, 2019

Sci-ROI Annual Event 2019

The Sci-ROI Annual Event 2019 will be held on September 7-8 at The University of Chicago. Science and Research Opportunities in India (Sci-ROI) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization whose objective is to promote multi-dimensional engagement between the U.S. and India. Sci-ROI organizes the Young Investigators Meeting (YIM) every year and invites participation from scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers from all across the U.S. who are seeking for a career in India in the STEM fields.

July 8, 2019

RocDocs Program to Increase Diversity Among Postdoctoral Trainees in STEM

RocDocs, a postdoctoral career advancement initiative, is seeking graduate students nearing the completion of their studies and early career postdoctoral scholars. Join RocDocs at the University of Rochester for two days to share your research and take part in professional development programming and networking.

July 8, 2019

NSF-GRFP Fellowship Workshop on July 15, 16, and 18

The Office of Fellowships is holding a three-day writing workshop to help students prepare their application materials for the NSF-GRFP Fellowship. The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) provides three years of funding for early career MS and PhD graduate students in STEM fields. The application requires both a research proposal and a personal statement. 

June 26, 2019

Postdoctoral Opportunity: German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites postdoctoral trainees to apply for this year's “Postdoctoral Researchers’ Networking Tour”. This program is a funded, week-long trip to Germany for postdocs working related to AI, The Internet of Things, Cyber-physical Systems and the Future of Manufacturing (“Industry 4.0”) and who are interested in job opportunities in Germany (academic and non-academic).

June 24, 2019

Book Summer Writing Consultations in the Graduate Writing Place Now

The Graduate Writing Place is open for summer consultations. If you are working on job/fellowship applications, articles for publications, or dissertations/theses, Graduate Writing Fellows are there to help. To book your appointment online, visit

June 17, 2019

Introduction to STEM Teaching Course and Learning Community

Learn about evidence-based STEM teaching through this 8-week online course and an Evanston or Chicago on-campus learning community offered through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) at Northwestern. Register by Tuesday, June 25.

June 3, 2019

Job Market Materials Working Group August 19-23

The Job Market Materials Working Group is a pilot program developed by the Graduate Writing Place and The Graduate School to create a collaborative working group in which each participant will develop all the materials required for their academic job market search. Through an intensive, week-long program, the Working Group will demystify application materials, allow for writing time, and workshop drafts. Especially attuned for students who thrive in collaborative settings, the Job Market Materials Working Group seeks to create community in the midst of the academic job market season.

June 3, 2019

Research Data and Computing Consultations

Looking for help working with your data? Stuck on a problem and want some advice? Northwestern IT Research Computing Services provides a range of no-cost data science, programming, and visualization services to help you work with research data more effectively and efficiently.

June 3, 2019

Summer Data Science and Programming Workshops

Do you want to improve your programming skills? Ever wonder how to explore data in Python? Or why people keep telling you to learn R? Want to learn what a database is? How to navigate in a terminal or use GitHub? Then there’s a summer workshop for you!  Registration is open for workshops in Evanston running from late June to mid-August.  Workshops are brought to you by Northwestern IT Research Computing Services. 

May 28, 2019

Apply to Teach a Class at Cook County Jail

The Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) is a partnership between Northwestern University and the Illinois Department of Corrections to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students in the state of Illinois. Through NPEP, advanced graduate students at Northwestern can offer "mini-courses" at the Cook County Jail. The classes typically run for 4 to 6 weeks, and are meant to be introductory, skills-building classes. They can be in any discipline; NPEP has previously offered courses in sociology, philosophy, theater, biology, and poetry.

May 28, 2019

Stanford PRISM Now Accepting Applications

Stanford PRISM (Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine) is an opportunity for select late-stage graduate students from diverse backgrounds to come to Stanford for a recruitment weekend, interview with potential mentors, and get the inside scoop on postdoctoral training at Stanford University. The purpose of this program is to encourage those who might not currently consider a postdoctoral position at Stanford to get a first-hand look at whether Stanford might be a good fit for them. The goal of PRISM is to match excellent trainees to excellent mentors at Stanford.

May 20, 2019

Holocaust Educational Foundation - Graduate Assistantship

The Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University (HEF) is dedicated to promoting teaching and research about the Holocaust at the college and university level. This mission is furthered through a variety of programs, including the biennial Lessons and Legacies conference; the annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization; Teaching and Research Grant competitions; and on-campus events.

May 13, 2019

AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop on May 30

The Northwestern chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering a Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop open to all students, staff, and faculty!

May 13, 2019

Data Science Consultants, Northwestern IT Research Computing Services

Northwestern IT Research Computing Services is searching for third- through fifth-year PhD students (during  the 2019-20 academic year) to fill multiple Data Science and Programming student positions.  Data Science Consultants work with our staff data science experts to help Northwestern researchers with the technical and computational challenges in their research.  

May 6, 2019

Apply for the Northwestern Chicago Humanities Initiative by May 15

The Northwestern Chicago Humanities Initiative is now accepting applications! As part of this new summer practicum program for PhD students in the humanities and humanistic social scientists, participants will work 16-24 hours/week for an arts, culture or community organization while taking a credit-bearing graduate-level seminar on the public humanities. 

May 6, 2019

Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference Abstracts Due May 24

Are you a graduate student who studies learning? The 2019 Learning Sciences Graduate Student Conference (LSGSC) Conference Committee is accepting 500-word abstracts for the 4th Annual LSGSC through Friday, May 24.

May 6, 2019

NSF GRFP Info Sessions on May 8 & May 16

The Office of Fellowships is hosting two upcoming information sessions about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP), which provides 3 years of funding for graduate students in STEM disciplines. Get writing tips to jump-start your essays! Both sessions will present identical information. Lunch will be provided.

May 3, 2019

Meditation and Quantum Physics for Stress Relief Workshop on May 10

The Chemistry of Life Processes Institute (CLP) is hosting a Meditation and Quantum Physics for Stress Relief interactive workshop on Friday, May 10 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM in TGS Commons. Please bring comfortable clothes and a mat or towel. (This is not a yoga class.)

May 3, 2019

INVO Practicum Internship July 2019 Cohort Applications Due May 24

The INVO Practicum internship is accepting applications for the July 2019 cohort. The Practicum is an unpaid 6-month internship program open to all Northwestern students and senior scientists who are interested in learning about the university technology transfer process.

May 3, 2019

2019 Northwestern-Duke Main and Advanced Causal Inference Workshops

Northwestern University and Duke University are holding their “main” week-long workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference – their 10th annual workshop - at Duke University in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. They invite you to attend. 

April 29, 2019

"The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice" Seminar Applications Due May 28

The Newberry Library invites graduate students in the humanities to apply for "The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice," a seminar that will explore the theoretical, critical, and practical methods necessary to negotiate historical and literary archives. The seminar will be held on eight Fridays from October 4 - December 6 (with no meeting on November 8 & 29). The course will be led by Liesl Olson (director of Chicago studies, Newberry Library) and a team of Newberry archivists and curators, including Alison Hinderliter and Catherine Grandgeorge. The seminar will include guest presentations by Brent Edwards (Columbia University) and Matt Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland).

April 22, 2019

WISER Spring Faculty Seminars

Join the Women in Science and Engineering Research (WISER) in May for their next set of faculty seminars! Learn about research in other fields and career paths in academia all while engaging with the wider STEM community. All are welcome and refreshments will be served. 

April 15, 2019

Chicago Women in STEM Initiative April STEM Circuit on April 23

The Chicago Women in STEM Initiative welcomes you to join them in Evanston on Tuesday, April 23 for their upcoming April STEM Circuit, entitled "Harnessing energy to reach your highest potential".  Their invited speaker presentation will be followed by small group discussions and networking. Registration​ is complementary and refreshments will be served. ​More information can also be found on the upcoming STEM Circuits webpage. ​

April 15, 2019

Newberry Library Graduate Scholar-in-Residence Program

The Newberry Library Graduate Scholar-in-Residence Program provides support for local PhD candidates conducting research in the humanities. Advanced PhD candidates are invited to apply; preference will be given to applicants whose dissertation projects are well advanced. Although the Newberry cannot offer remuneration to Graduate Scholars-in-Residence, participants have access to the Newberry during extended hours, personal research space, and opportunities to present work-in-progress to local scholarly communities. The experience of the Newberry’s fellows, staff, and readers is much enhanced by the contributions that Graduate Scholars-in-Residence make to the Newberry’s shared intellectual life each year.

April 15, 2019

Dress for Success with GWAN

Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN) and Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) invite you to bring any questions, concerns, or stories you may have about how to dress for interviews and across work environment! They will be discussing tips for navigating different spaces and circumstances. Coffee and pastries will be provided.

April 15, 2019

Inaugural Master of Science in Law Symposium on May 10

Please join the Master of Science in Law (MSL) Program for their inaugural symposium, “At the Intersection: STEM, Law, Business, and the MSL” on Friday, May 10 from 5:30 - 9:30 PM in the Thorne Auditorium and Thorne Auditorium Lobby.

April 8, 2019

Applications Now Open for the Teaching Certificate Program & New TA Conference Workshop Leaders

Are you looking for a professional development opportunity that will help strengthen your knowledge and experiences in college teaching and learning? Applications for the Teaching Certificate Program and to be a New TA Conference Workshop Leader are now open through Monday, April 15.

April 8, 2019

Spring Quarter Professional Development Opportunities from the Searle Center

The Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching is offering a variety of workshops designed to help graduate and postdoctoral students improve upon their teaching skills. 

April 8, 2019

SPOT SciPol Symposium on May 11

The Science Policy Outreach Taskforce (SPOT) at Northwestern University is excited to organize its first annual SPOT SciPol Symposium! If you would like to learn more about careers and activities at the interface of science and policy while connecting with others who share these interests, then this is the symposium for you.

April 8, 2019

Register Now for Spring Quarter Writing Consultations & Workshops

Get your quarter off to a running start by booking an appointment in the Graduate Writing Place. Consultants can help you revise proposals or articles, outline or organize dissertation chapters, hone materials for your job search, and much more. Appointments are available on the Evanston campus or online.

April 8, 2019

Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit Conference for Early Career Scholars at Brown University

The Dr. Samuel M. Nabrit Conference for Early Career Scholars at Brown University will take place on June 6-7 in Providence, Rhode Island.

April 8, 2019

Data Science Night on April 10

Data Science Nights are monthly hack nights on popular data science topics, organized by Northwestern University graduate students and scholars. Each night will feature refreshments, a talk on data science techniques or applications, and a hacking night with data science projects or learning groups of your choice. Aspiring, beginning, and advanced data scientists are welcome! 

April 3, 2019

Science Policy Outreach Taskforce SciPol Symposium

The Science Policy Outreach Taskforce at Northwestern University is excited to organize its first annual SPOT SciPol Symposium for Saturday, May 11 from 10:00 - 2:00 PM! Speakers include: Diane Schanzenbach, Director of NU’s Institute for Policy Research and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Daniel Biss, Director of Rust Belt Rising and former Illinois state senator and University of Chicago faculty member; and more!

March 26, 2019

DataCamp Access for Researchers, Spring Quarter

DataCamp is an online service with over 200 self-paced, interactive courses on using R, Python, and SQL for data analysis. DataCamp subscriptions for researchers are funded by Research Computing Services, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, and a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

March 25, 2019

Diversity Connect Program on May 17-18

McKinsey & Company welcomes you to apply to Diversity Connect, McKinsey & Company’s inaugural program for Black, African-American, Hispanic, Latino, and/or Native American students who are pursuing a PhD, postdoc, MD, and/or JD degree and plan to complete their program or degree in 2020.  

March 25, 2019

Empowering Through Diversity Event on May 2

McKinsey & Company’s Empowering Through Diversity event is a discussion and networking session for Chicagoland students.

March 19, 2019

CACS Great Lakes Chapter 23rd Annual Conference on April 27

Consider attending the 23rd Annual Conference of the Chinese American Chemical Society – Great Lakes Chapter (GLCACS) at Abbott Laboratories on Saturday, April 27 from 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM. The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Challenges and Opportunities for Chemists and Chemical Engineers in a Changing World”. Conference highlights include:

March 18, 2019

Applications Now Open for Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

The Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop is an intensive professional development program that provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship. Participation is limited, and interested applicants must be nominated by their faculty advisor/mentor or department chairperson. This year’s workshop will take place October 6-7 in Denver, Colorado. Please apply by Monday, April 15.

March 3, 2019

ComSciCon-Chicago Workshop on August 24-25

Interested in building your science communication skills? Want to learn how to engage an audience outside of your field? Want to attend workshops and expert panels to expand your communication prowess? Consider attending ComSciCon-Chicago 2019, August 24-25 at the Technological Institute.

February 25, 2019

LARB Summer Workshop Applications Now Open

The Los Angeles Review of Books and University of Southern California are pleased to announce the 2019 Publishing Workshop. Next year will bring some exciting changes: to best serve the needs of students who want an intensive introduction to the world of publishing and those seeking to launch their own independent ventures, the 2019 Workshop will feature both an intensive three-week publishing course and an optional five-week, guided Project Incubator to follow. The Incubator will also be open to Publishing Workshop alumni from the 2017 & 2018 cohorts.

February 22, 2019

Applications Invited for SCELSE Summer Course at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

Applications are invited from graduate students and early postdoctoral trainees for the 9th Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) Summer Course from Tuesday, June 25 to Friday, July 12 at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

February 18, 2019

Skills & Careers in Science Writing Class

Applications are now open for Northwestern STEM+ PhD candidates interested in developing science writing and communication skills. “Skills & Careers in Science Writing” is a partnership between the Medill School of Journalism, The Graduate School, and Science in Society. In its fourth year, the course trains graduate students to distill scientific ideas into engaging, reader-friendly stories for lay audiences and provides networking and exposure to science writing and communication professionals. Students will work with former and current journalists and scientists-turned-journalists to develop a stronger understanding of narrative technique, story structure and the uses of metaphors and vivid language to convey complex topics.

February 18, 2019

Upcoming INVO Seminars

The Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO) is hosting a variety seminars in the coming weeks.

February 11, 2019

AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering Workshop 2019

The Graduate School (TGS) and Office of Federal Relations are pleased to invite graduate students in science, technology, engineering, math, and behavioral science fields to apply to participate in the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop. The CASE Workshop is a three-and-a-half-day program in Washington, DC (March 24-27, 2019) bringing together STEM students from across the country to learn about Congress, the federal budget process, and effective science communication.

February 5, 2019

Finding Chemical Information: Substances and Reactions

This session teaches substance and reaction searching techniques in Reaxys and SciFinder. You will learn how to build effective structure, substructure and reaction queries, and analyze and refine your answer sets. Some of the techniques that will be discussed include controlling substitution (defining generics and R groups, locking atoms and rings, adding variable points of attachment), mapping atoms, and forbidding transformations. Basic familiarity with chemical structure searching is recommended. Please bring your laptop.

January 28, 2019

Active Learning in STEM Course and Learning Community

Learn how to engage students with active learning through the CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning) MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), “Advancing Learning Through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching.” Topics include peer instruction, problem-based learning, inquiry-based labs, and flipped classrooms. Connect with Northwestern MOOC participants through a MOOC-Centered Learning Community (MCLC) to enhance your learning experience and keep yourself on track with course material.

January 18, 2019

Save the Date: Data Science & Business Analytics Career Fair on February 28

Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) is partnering with the University of Chicago to host a graduate student-only data science career fair on Thursday, February 28 from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Select employers include: 84.51, AbbVie, Allstate, Bain & Company, BCG Gamma, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Leo Burnett Group, Mathematica Policy Research, and United Airlines.

January 14, 2019

Winter Quarter Professional Development Opportunities from CIRTL

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) is offering a variety of workshops designed to help graduate and postdoctoral students improve upon their teaching skills. 

January 10, 2019

Winter Quarter Workshops by University Libraries

University Libraries is kicking of the fall quarter with a variety of free workshops designed to help students, faculty, and staff.

January 10, 2019

Applications Now Open for NCI's Graduate Student Recruiting Program

There is still time to apply to the 4th Annual Graduate Student Recruiting Program (GSRP)! Graduate students who apply and are invited to visit the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have a distinct advantage in obtaining postdoctoral trainee positions.

January 7, 2019

Book Your Winter Quarter Graduate Writing Place Appointments Now

The Graduate Writing Place is now open for winter quarter. Book your appointments online now. Now is the time to register for cross-disciplinary workshops for winter quarter.