Professional Development Funding

Internal Grants for Professional Development Programming

The below grants provide resources to help support graduate student professional development in various contexts. 

Professional Development Grant

The Graduate School (TGS) Professional Development Grant is intended to support meaningful graduate student professional development programming at the department and program level. The Professional Development Grants are awarded quarterly to fund departmental, program and cluster efforts to offer graduate student professional development programming. This includes any activity that provides professional development relevant to the preparation of graduate students for their future career endeavors, whether inside or outside of academia. 

Catalyst Grant 

The Graduate School's (TGS) Catalyst Grant provides students, faculty and academic programs with resources to support new programs and events that benefit graduate students. Ongoing, recurring events are not eligible. 

Mellon Cluster Programming Catalyst Grant 

The Mellon Cluster Programming Catalyst provides Mellon clusters in the Humanities and Non-Quantitative Social Sciences with resources to support innovative programming that benefits graduate students and furthers the goals of the clusters.

Community Building Grant 

The Graduate School (TGS) Community Building Grant Program is designed to bring people together in a social context, integrate academic and social aspects of graduate life, improve communications and outreach, encourage creative expression through the arts, and collaborate with other community building groups.

TGS sponsors a number of other fellowship and grant competitions that enable students to pursue their specific research, travel, and language interests at each stage of their doctoral experience. For information on these, as well as external grants, see the Funding section.

WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellowship

The WCAS/TGS Teaching Fellowship recognizes two graduate students who display exceptional teaching skills at Northwestern. Fellows receive a $2,000 stipend to teach a WCAS Freshman Seminar in their programs and are mentored and supported by a designated faculty member and a Searle staff member prior to and during the course.

Paid Graduate Student Opportunities 

The below opportunities are not graduate assistantships, but rather supplement TGS or other assistantship funding through professional development opportunities. See each website for specific application information. 

Assistant Master position at the Residential Colleges

Brady Scholars Program Graduate Student Fellowship 

CIERA's Gk-12 Reach for the Stars Computational Models for Teaching and Learning in Physics, Astronomy and Computer Science

Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Searle Center for  Advancing Learning and Teaching

Graduate Teaching Mentors at Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching

Graduate Writing Fellow at The Graduate Writing Place

Instructor in the International Summer Institute/English Language Programs

Kaplan Affiliates Program at The Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Leadership Fellowship through the Center for Leadership

Peer Mentor in the International Summer Institute/English Language Programs

Tutor in the International Summer Institute/English Language Programs


For information on assistantships, including cross-disciplinary assistantships with partners around campus, see the Assistantships pages