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Job Market Materials Working Group August 19-23

What is the Job Market Materials Working Group?

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.

Why should I participate?

This Working Group is structured to prioritize drafting academic job market materials in a supportive and collaborative setting. You will receive support through resource sharing, discussions with experts, participation in a writing group, and dedicated writing time to get started on your job market materials or to take early drafts to the next level. Students from all disciplines are welcome. 

What can I expect?

If you are accepted into the Working Group, you will commit to attend a daily session (Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM). During this time, you will write your job market materials and participate in discussion and workshopping sessions.  Materials covered will include: CVs, Cover Letters, Research Statements, Diversity Statements, and Teaching Statements.

Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided. 

How much does it cost?

Participation in the Writing Group is free of charge.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any current Northwestern graduate student (from any discipline) preparing for the academic job market is eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who are entering the job market in Fall 2019, although space is not limited to only these students.

How do I apply?

Interested applicants should send an email containing the following information to

  • Name
  • Department/program
  • Contact information (email address, telephone number)
  • Adviser’s name
  • A 150-200 word description of your dissertation project.
  • A 250-300 word description of why you wish to participate in this kind of collaborative working group.
  • List any experience on the academic job market (been on the market before, experience drafting materials, have you gotten other help, etc.)

Additionally, please arrange to have your adviser send a brief email to endorsing your application to the Working Group (this need not be a letter of recommendation).

Online applications are due Monday, June 10. 

Applicants will be informed about their acceptance by Friday, June 14.


If you have any additional questions, please email Alícia Hernàndez Grande.

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