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The Graduate School's Professional Development tool enables you to quickly and easily explore all the skill-building opportunities available to you at Northwestern.

Use the filters to identify the specific programs and resources that can help you achieve your unique professional development goals. Postdoctoral trainees can explore professional development opportunities available to them with interactive tool found on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website.

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Introductory

Computational Skills for Informatics (CSI)

Hosted by Research Computing, Galter Health Sciences Library, and NUCATS, the CSI workshop series on the Chicago campus covers both general and domain specific computational topics to help researchers improve their workflows. 

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Research Computing Services, Galter Health Sciences Library, NUCATS for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Introductory

Computational Skills for Researchers

Research Computing Services offers workshops on programming, data analysis, and other technical skills for Northwestern researchers. All members of the Northwestern research community are welcome. There is no cost to attend most sessions, but advance registration is required.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Research Computing Services for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Introductory

ELP Foundations

ELP Foundations is a hybrid course that pairs online instruction in the summer before students arrive on campus with in-person experiences in Evanston and Chicago in September. ELP Foundations will provide linguistic, emotional, academic and practical support to entering Northwestern PhD and MFA students through online content on using American English and practical advice on integrating into an American university and the local culture. Students will begin to build their new support network over the summer online and then have the chance to meet their classmates in person in September to explore Chicago together.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Language Programs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Introductory

Integrated Academic Skills (IAS) Program

Integrated Academic Skills is a comprehensive curriculum specially designed for new PhD or MFA students who need extra support in developing their proficiency in spoken English. This two-quarter sequence focuses on developing oral English skills for the academic context as students work toward fulfilling The Graduate School’s English proficiency requirement. Enrollment is based on students’ performance on their Versant placement test.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Language Programs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Introductory

Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation is an empirically-supported practice that can decrease stress, anxiety, and depression through the cultivation of present-moment awareness, clarity, and acceptance. Research on Mindfulness meditation has also shown that it can decrease blood pressure, improve immune function, and relieve chronic pain. Participants will be introduced to a number of mind-body self-regulatory skills designed to improve concentration and decrease reactivity to distressing thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. This is a four-part workshop.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Introductory

Mentored Discussions of Teaching

STEM and SBE (social, behavioral sciences and economics) graduate students and postdocs are invited to observe faculty teaching undergraduate or early graduate courses and meet with faculty to discuss their perspectives and methods. Participants also engage in group discussions on selected readings that address key topics in teaching. The time commitment is limited to facilitate participation. The program is completed in one quarter. It is intended to be a first step in learning about teaching,but has also been valuable for students who have completed the Teaching Certificate Program.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit CIRTL at Northwestern and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring, Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Introductory

New TA Conference

The New TA Conference (NTAC) is an annual one-day conference for all graduate students with teaching responsibilities at Northwestern. The conference features peer-led workshops, discussions on pedagogy, and an opening address featuring teaching perspectives from Northwestern’s own faculty, staff, and administration.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Introductory

Advanced

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Certificate

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who complete CIRTL programs can receive four ascending levels of certification to demonstrate their mastery of the core ideas central to CIRTL: learning communities, learning through diversity, and teaching as research.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit CIRTL at Northwestern and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Dissertation Boot Camps

Dissertation Boot Camps provide advanced graduate students with a place and time to make fast, efficient progress on dissertation writing, and with tools and resources to create positive writing habits. During the two-week camp, students work independently on their writing as well as have the opportunity to participate in workshops, one-on-one coaching, and peer consultation. The Boot Camps are intended for graduate students who have begun the dissertation writing process.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Writing Place for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Fellowship in Leadership

The Fellowship in Leadership allows participants to develop their capacity for leadership and delve into questions about leadership, teamwork, and fellowship that interest them and their peers. Fellows work collaboratively with program faculty and staff in an environment that fosters deep learning through inquiry and real-world problem solving. The Fellowship is open to full-time PhD students, post-docs, law students, medical students, and selected high-potential staff. To be eligible, students and post-docs must participate in the Leadership Coaching program prior to January of your application year.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Center for Leadership for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Leadership & Collaboration

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Graduate Teaching Fellowships

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Graduate Teaching Mentors

Graduate Teaching Mentors are graduate students who have completed the Teaching Certificate Program. The Graduate Teaching Mentor program allows graduate students to further their pedagogical development by mentoring their peers in the Teaching Certificate Program by guiding mentees in their growth as reflective practitioners, providing both written and oral feedback on participants' teaching statements and course design projects.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Grantsmanship for the Research Professional

This executive education-style workshop course teaches and enhances skills associated with effective grant opportunity identification, preparation, writing, and submission to researchers engaged in research. Postdoctoral trainees may use the Employee Reduced Tuition Benefit to offset the cost of the course.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit School of Professional Studies for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Group English Language Classes

English Language Programs' group language classes are offered through the Department of Linguistics for eligible graduate students and postdocs. Courses are designed for students at intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency. These courses are only available to graduate students and postdocs in The Graduate School.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Language Programs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Humanities Without Walls Career Diversity Summer Workshop

The Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Predoctoral Career Diversity Workshop is a three-week, residential workshop designed to help doctoral students explore ways they can leverage their graduate training for careers both within and outside the academy. The workshop is open to students who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities or humanistic social sciences discipline.

Through a series of workshops, talks, field trips, and career-planning sessions, participants will learn how to apply humanistic values, insights, and skills to careers within the “public humanities:” the private sector, nonprofits, government and NGOs, arts administration, public media, and non-faculty positions in colleges and universities.

In addition to a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs, graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms and a cohort of fellows from whom they may draw support and advice.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Interdisciplinary Writing Groups

The Graduate Writing Place runs a number of Interdisciplinary Writing Groups for PhD students who have already completed their coursework. These groups meet for two hours on a weekly basis to discuss and provide feedback on their own and fellow group members’ writing and writing processes. Groups are comprised of 5-6 members, and while no group contains more than one student from a single department/program, each group will be comprised of members who share either a qualitative or quantitative research focus. PhD students must apply to earn a spot in one of the writing groups.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Writing Place for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Advanced

INVO Practicum

The INVO Practicum is an unpaid 6-month internship program open to Northwestern graduate students and postdoctoral trainees who are interested in learning about the university technology transfer process. The interns are exposed to vast areas of innovation and gain hands-on experience in evaluating technologies for patentability, marketability and commercialization readiness. This program requires attendance at training sessions and a commitment of 10 hours per week over a six-month period.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Innovation and New Ventures for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Management for Scientists and Engineers

Successful researchers in engineering and the life and physical sciences face daily challenges managing and leading teams, communicating with business-oriented colleagues, and surmounting the hurdles associated with the commercialization of research. The Graduate School has partnered with Kellogg School of Management to offer a certificate program taught by Kellogg faculty that will equip promising post-candidacy doctoral students with the necessary business and leadership skills. Classes are held Mondays during eight weeks of the Summer quarter. Students will be introduced to business concepts and specific frameworks for effective management relevant to both for-profit and nonprofit sectors. They will also gain a basic understanding of strategy, finance, risk and uncertainty, marketing, accounting and leadership.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Graduate School and the Kellogg School of Management for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration, Leadership & Collaboration

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Northwestern Chicago Humanities Initiative

What is the public purpose of the disciplines known as “the humanities”? How does humanistic knowledge and craft strengthen communities? And how can I put my doctoral training to work for the public good--within and beyond the academy? This eight-week summer program is designed to help PhD students interested in public scholarship and/or careers in the public humanities grapple with these questions. Participants will explore the role of the humanities in public life through interdisciplinary classroom discussion and hands-on practice.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Center for Civic Engagement for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences

Training Area

Leadership & Collaboration

Level of Expertise

Advanced

NUCATS Grant Preparation Resources

NUCATS offers services and resources to support you while you write and submit grants, including boilerplate language that can be included in proposals and, coming soon, a repository of funded training, career and research grant applications.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Odyssey Project

The Odyssey Project is a free, 32-week, college-credit granting humanities program for income-eligible adults with limited to no access to higher education, sponsored by Illinois Humanities. The program is offered in the Chicago neighborhoods of Albany Park, Greater Grand Crossing, and Cicero (taught in Spanish), as well as in Urbana-Champaign.

The first-year course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the humanities through the study of philosophy, art history, literature, U.S. history, and critical thinking and writing. In addition to work in the classroom, students also have the opportunity to see plays, visit museums, and attend public lectures. Northwestern Students may apply to teach Odyssey Project courses and workshops. Stipends are available for teaching one of the first-year Odyssey courses. Graduate students must have the permission of their advisor to teach in this program.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Searle Teaching-As-Research

The STAR program provides graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with an opportunity to engage in evidence-based classroom research within the context of a supportive community of practitioners. The STAR program is open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are current or past participants of ONE of the following programs: the Teaching Certificate Program, Mentored Discussions of Teaching, the MOOC-Centered Learning Community, or an equivalent program at another institution.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit CIRTL at Northwestern and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Teaching Certificate Program

The Teaching Certificate Program (TCP) offers graduate students and postdoctoral fellows a year-long sequence of seminars, special-topic workshops, and peer and faculty mentoring focused on improving student learning in their disciplines.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Advanced

Great at any Stage

40 Days: An Invitation to Spiritual Renewal

40 Days is an annual series of programs and opportunities designed to create an intentional time and space to renew, reflect, and become more aware of one's self and those around them.  Inspired by practices of many spiritual traditions to set aside a portion of the year for reflection, this program invites all of any or no particular spiritual tradition to be nourished by these events.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Alice Kaplan Institute Digital Humanities Courses

Digital humanities courses are in-depth interdisciplinary humanities seminars utilizing digital mapping, video and audio recording, multimedia podcasting, online publishing, digital analyses, and other innovative learning technologies. No prior experience with digital mapping is necessary, and students interested in learning programming basics in a supportive and structured environment are welcome.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

BioOpportunities

BioOpportunities are events that introduce students to the variety of careers available to Life Sciences PhDs. Alumni and other professionals are invited to campus to talk about their careers. Recent topics include careers in data science, careers in life sciences consulting, and careers in science policy.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit IBiS Graduate Program for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Biostatistics Collaboration Center Consultation Appointments

The Biostatistics Collaboration Center (BCC) supports Feinberg investigators in the conduct of high-quality, innovative health-related research by providing expertise in biostatistics, statistical programming, and data management. Graduate students and postdoctoral trainees can sign up for a free 1-2 hour consultation appointment to assess their research needs, scope of work, and to learn more about additional services and support available.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Feinberg School of Medicine for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

BioSurvival Skills

BioSurvival workshops provide graduate students and postdocs with opportunities to develop a range of skills necessary to succeed in their future careers, including grant writing, presentation skills, and CV workshops.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit IBiS Graduate Program for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

CAPS Counseling Services

CAPS works towards helping students quickly identify their difficulties and to then identify campus and personal resources that will potentially be helpful to them. They also provide convenient community referral resources for students looking for longer term therapy options.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

CAPS Workshops

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) runs a series of workshops throughout the year on topics such as Success Strategies, Meditation, Enhancing Attention and Relaxation.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

CARE Advising, Support, and Advocacy Services

CARE is here to talk about anything related to sexuality, hooking up, or relationships. CARE is an affirming space and welcomes students of all identities and experiences. Services are available regardless of whether the experience occurred before attending Northwestern. Confidential Support Services: CARE can provide a space to process, ask questions, safety plan, and learn more about the impact of trauma. We can be a space to ask about definitions and policy or building coping skills and a support network.

Confidential Advocacy Services: CARE can be an adviser through the Title IX process and can assist with academic or housing accommodations or other support. Speaking with us does is not reporting to the University; rather, CARE advocates can talk to you confidentially about what reporting could look like and the options available to you.

Referrals: CARE can connect with legal and medical advocacy, free counseling and support groups on and off campus. We have strong connections with on-campus and community partners who are experts in sexual violence, supporting survivors, and trauma and provide excellent low cost or free counseling.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Workshop Series

The CIRTL Workshop Series is part of CIRTL at Northwestern which serves graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to improve undergraduate learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). These interactive workshops integrate the latest research and theory on student learning with best teaching practices for diverse learners. 

Sponsoring Unit: Visit CIRTL at Northwestern and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring, Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Crisis Support & Pastoral Care

University chaplains and campus ministers are trained religious professionals on campus to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff of any or no religious affiliation. All conversations are held in confidence. The chaplains are equipped by training and experience in counseling. They are also able to refer to appropriate psychological or psychiatric resources if necessary.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Critical Theory Research Workshop

The Critical Theory Research Workshop is an interdisciplinary forum beyond the classroom for undergraduate students to share and develop their interests in critical theory. The group aims to develop more robust relations between undergraduate and graduate students interested in critical theory. The Critical Theory Workshop meets to discuss works of philosophy, literature, feminism, queer theory, Black thought, and anything else relevant to those thinkers and activists past and present who have sought to critique unjust structures of power (as well as eat pizza). We seek to integrate more closely the praxis of critical theory, discussing direct action and hosting activists and those in the fight against injustice. It is open to graduates (who typically lead discussions) and undergraduates of any field.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Program in Critical Theory for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

DataCamp Online Courses

DataCamp is an online service with over 200 self-paced, interactive courses on using R, Python, and SQL for data analysis. PhD students, faculty, and postdocs interested in learning or improving their data analysis skills in support of their research are eligible for access. Undergraduates, master's degree students, and staff may request access if engaged in a relevant research project with a faculty sponsor or supervisor, or via special arrangement.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Research Computing Services for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Drop-In Fellowship Advising

Have a question about fellowships? Stop by the Office of Fellowship weekly drop-in hours to speak with an adviser to discuss an application or earn more about potential fellowship opportunities. No appointment required.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Office of Fellowships for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Drop-In Meditation

Meditation is traditionally practiced in a group setting with the guidance of a teacher. Join these weekly 30-minute sessions to develop a new meditation habit, expand your current practice, and to connect with a community of contemplation on our campus.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Drop-In Stress Management Resource Center

When you need to unwind after a stressful week or prepare yourself to perform your best, attend our drop-in hours at the Stress Management Resource Center! The SMRC is designed to help you achieve peak performance and enhanced well-being when you need it most.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

English Development through Guided Exploration (EDGE)

English Development through Guided Exploration (EDGE) is an extra-curricular program designed to provide international graduate students with an opportunity to practice their English conversation skills with international and American peers. Students in this program participate in outings led by fellow students (Graduate Leaders). Students can choose the outings that fit best with their interests and schedule. 

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Development through Guided Exploration (EDGE) at The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Feinberg Office of Foundation Relations

The Office of Foundation Relations at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine helps connect Feinberg postdoctoral trainees, graduate students, faculty, and staff in biomedical and bioscience research to non-federal foundations and associations that fund research. Postdoctoral trainees and graduate students can contact Michelle Melin-Rogovin, Senior Associate Director of Foundation Relations, to set up a one-on-one appointment to learn more about non-federal funding opportunities that can support their research needs and goals.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Feinberg School of Medicine for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Feinberg Office of Foundation Relations Funding Database

The Office of Foundation Relations at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine maintains a database of non-federal funding opportunities for biomedical and bioscience research. The database is searchable by career stage and keyword.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Feinberg School of Medicine for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Fellowship Advising Appointments

Graduate students can schedule one-on-one appointments with an Office of Fellowships adviser. These appointments can be focused on drafting and editing fellowship applications or identifying potential fellowship opportunities.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Office of Fellowships for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Fellowship Finder Tool

Use the Fellowship Finder tool to explore fellowships commonly awarded to Northwestern students.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Office of Fellowships for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Research Skills & Literacies

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Graduate Engagement Opportunity Community Engagement Workshop

The Center for Civic Engagement organizes Community Engagement Workshops, which are half-day learning and networking events planned and executed for graduate students by graduate students with the purpose of providing participants direction and resources for developing strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with communities and community organizations.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Center for Civic Engagement for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Leadership & Collaboration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Graduate Engagement Opportunity Community Practicum

Spend a quarter working for a community organization in the Chicago area while learning about the role of public intellectuals in civic life. This 10-week long program involves working 10-20 hours at a community organization and participating in a graduate seminar on engaged scholarship . Opportunities are available at the Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum, the Newberry Library, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, City of Evanston Department of Health among others. We work with each student to find the placement that suits his or her individual needs. The program is open to all Northwestern PhD students, and through the support of The Graduate School students can use one quarter of their NU Fellowship funding to participate in the program.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Center for Civic Engagement for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Graduate Writing Workshops

The Graduate School and the Graduate Writing Place offer a series of 90-minute graduate writing workshops throughout the academic year. The workshops are not discipline-specific and provide participants with concrete strategies and exercises to improve both the quality and productivity of their writing, within the workshops and outside of them. The workshops cover topics such as productive writing and time management, developing conference papers, writing a literature review, cover letters for an academic job market, and more.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Writing Place for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Helix Magazine

HELIX is both a digital magazine and a training program to help scientists build public science communication skills. Any scientist at Northwestern can participate. The editor works with all contributors to hone writing skills and develop storytelling techniques with the ultimate aim of presenting scientific content to general readers in engaging ways.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Science in Society for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

ImaginePhD Career Exploration and Planning Tool

ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Humanities and social sciences PhD students and their mentors have long recognized the need for more resources to help bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities. ImaginePhD is designed to meet this need by allowing users to assess their career-related skills, interests, and values; explore career paths appropriate to their disciplines; create self-defined goals; and map out next steps for career and professional development success.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Graduate Career Consortium for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Individual English-Language Tutoring

ELP's individual tutoring sessions offer the opportunity for eligible students and postdoctoral fellows to work one-on-one with a trained instructor. This option is open to MFA and PhD students in The Graduate School, as well as postdoctoral fellows.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Language Programs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Individual Writing Consultations

Whether you are getting started on a writing assignment or need a second set of eyes on a final draft, The Writing Place consultants will work with you to provide guidance on any type or aspect of your writing. One-on-one writing consultations are offered at all of the Writing Place Locations.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Writing Place for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Language Table

The Language Table series offers a chance to meet other people over light snacks for fun, informal activities and casual conversation centered around American culture.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Language Programs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Leadership Coaching

One-on-one leadership coaching allows graduate students and postdoctoral trainees to build on their leadership strengths, explore their potential, and advance their personal leadership goals. Coaching consists of six one-hour sessions in one academic quarter with a leadership coach.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Center for Leadership for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Leadership & Collaboration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Life Skills Workshops

CAPS offers workshops on a variety of life skills important for survival at NU. These workshops are offered free of charge to all NU students. The workshops cover a variety of topics. Workshops are typically one to three sessions and provide a mixture of lecture and experiential learning. Workshops are held on the Evanston and Chicago campuses and are open to undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing studies students.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being, Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Meditation & Prayer Spaces

This website contains the locations of all the places on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses available for prayer and/or meditation.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Mentoring Up + Down Workshops

“Mentoring Up + Down" is a three-part workshop series on managing your mentoring relationships both “up” as a mentee and “down” as a mentor. The core of the training consists of small group discussions where participants analyze case studies that highlight the skills critical to effective mentoring. This process-based learning, grounded in research and workshops developed at the University of Wisconsin, allows participants to develop individualized mentoring styles and philosophies through ongoing practice. Sessions are held quarterly for postdoctoral trainees in STEM and the humanities and social sciences.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is considered the gold standard in curricula designed to guide participants into cultivating a practice of mindfulness through techniques of body awareness, sitting and walking meditation, and mindful movement. MBSR fosters comprehensive personal wellness including an increase in emotional resilience and management of stress, anxiety, and pain. This is an 8 week program with 2.5 hour weekly classes and one all-day retreat. Participants also engage in home practice for forty-five minutes per day between each class.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

myIDP Individual Development Plan Tool

myIDP is a unique, free, web-based career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit American Association for the Advancement of Science for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT)

The Northwestern Externship Program (NEXT) is a one-day shadowing program offering current Northwestern students the opportunity to accompany alumni on the job in order to learn more about different professional fields. Students spend time observing and often working alongside their alumni hosts in order to gain insight into the practical aspects of potential careers. With an increased focus on providing students with mentorship and career development opportunities, NEXT is a wonderful program connecting current Northwestern undergraduate and graduate students with our global alumni community.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Northwestern Alumni Association and Northwestern Career Advancement for details.

Participants

Doctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

NUWorkWell Podcast

NUWorkWell is a Northwestern University podcast for Work, Life & Wellness. Job searching while balancing research, teaching, and a personal life can feel all-consuming. From graduate alumni offering insight and support regarding specific job search processes, to practitioners sharing strategies and resources for managing wellness throughout career exploration and searches, these interviews are here to help you conduct a job search with sanity.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Apple Podcasts for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration, Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Pathway to the Professoriate

The Pathway to the Professoriate discussion forum helps students and postdocs learn more about the pathway to an academic career and develop the skills they will need to get there. Discussion topics include choosing a postdoc, applying for faculty positions, interviewing, startup package negotiations, and the tenure process. Different types of academic positions (at community colleges, primarily undergraduate institutions, research I universities, etc.) are  discussed to help students identify their ideal academic career path.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit IBiS Graduate Program for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Religious & Spritual Life Music Events

Join us for glorious music making in the resplendent beauty of Alice Millar Chapel. From rousing hymns to soaring motets, this is music to enrapture the ear and to enliven the soul. Admission is free.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Research Communication Training Program

Research Communication Training Program (RCTP) was founded because of the need for scientists to have excellent communication skills. RCTP coaches graduate and post doctoral researchers on improving these skills. The program focuses on three important and basic components of communication: building confidence in all communication roles, enhancing the clarity of the message, and forming a connection with any audience.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Graduate School and CIERA for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Science Club: Youth STEM Mentoring & Community Engagement

Science Club is an afterschool, mentor-based science program for middle school youth. This program brings graduate student mentors together with small groups of students to conduct fun and engaging scientific investigations.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Science in Society for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Scientific Images Contest

Scientific research generates new understanding and innovation – but it can also yield unexpected, often breathtaking, beauty. This contest, and its subsequent exhibitions pique curiosity, providing new gateways into research and creative opportunities for diverse communities to connect to and explore Northwestern’s contemporary scientific research. Winners will participate in public events and exhibitions, partner with Evanston Township High School art students and receive training themselves.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Science in Society for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Skills & Careers in Science Writing Course

In this 10-week seminar – co-taught by Science in Society and Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications – Northwestern graduate students hone their writing skills through authentic writing assignments for general readers.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Graduate School, Medill School of Journalism, and Science in Society for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

STEM Teaching Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) and MOOC-Centered Learning Community (MCLC)

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can learn about STEM teaching through online courses and concurrently participate in Northwestern's MOOC-Centered Learning Community.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit CIRTL at Northwestern and the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Teaching & Mentoring

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Supported Online Speech and Language Training

English Language Programs offers supported online software for pronunciation and fluency practice. These programs are accessed online and can be used at any time and in any place. Students must actively use the system for a minimum of thirty minutes each week to earn a satisfactory grade for the quarter.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit English Language Programs and The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Writing & Communication

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

The VersatilePhD

Versatile PhD is an online resource community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit The Graduate School for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Career Preparation & Exploration

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Work-Life Consultations with Lesley Lundeen

The Office of Work/Life and Family Resources  provides a range of services to help support graduate students and postdoctoral trainees as they navigate their academic responsibilities and family life, including workshops and resources on parenting and childcare. Schedule an individual consultation with Lesley Lundeen to learn more about the resources available to help you navigate your personal and professional responsibilities.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit TGS/Office of Work-Life and Family Resources for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage

Worship at Northwestern

Information on worship sessions of various religious sects for the Northwestern community.

Sponsoring Unit: Visit Religious & Spiritual Life for details.

Participants

Doctoral, Master's, Postdoctoral

Disciplines

Humanities & Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine

Training Area

Personal Development and Well-Being

Level of Expertise

Great at any Stage