Events

 

career info imageCareer Services events and resources are designed to help you discern your interests and talents, and work with you to map a path toward your future career.  From careers in the academy to public policy, from secondary school teaching, non-profit management, law, business – take time to consider what you want to do and how you will get there.  

The Dean of Students publishes a weekly newsletter for Divinity School students, filled with information on employment opportunities, fellowships, professionalization events, as well as key events sponsored by UChicagoGrad and other units throughout the University. Mock interviews and job talks let you benefit from faculty and fellow-student feedback. 

The Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, the Divinity School's unique pedagogical curriculum, offers a year-round program of seminars and workshops, sustaining a vigorous conversation on religious studies pedagogy both within and across all the Divinity School.
 

 

 
 
 

EVENTS

GRADFair 2017
Friday, October 27,  1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

GRADFair is the annual career fair exclusively for graduate students, postdocs and recent grad alumni.


 

Academic Job Market Fall Workshop Series

Wednesdays, September 13-November 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., GRAD HQ (UChicago Bookstore, 3rd Floor)

Are you going on the academic job market this fall?  Put your best foot forward by attending UChicagoGRAD’s AJM Fall Workshop Series.  These events are open to graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines. 

  • Upcoming:
  • 10/18, 12:30 p.m., Postdocs in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 10/25, 12:30 p.m., Conference and Skype Interview Best Practices
  • 11/1 12:30 p.m., Campus Visit Best Practices
  • 11/8, 12:30 p.m., Preparing Your Job Talk

RSVP for each daily session by logging into GRAD Gargoyle (Events > GRAD Events). 

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship 

This program supports a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2019. ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2018 for the 2018-19 academic year. The fellowship may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. Awards are valued at up to $38,000. 

Note that this program is open to international students. The deadline for the 2018-19 fellowship is October 25, 2017More information here.

Connecting with alumni made easy with Wisr!

UChicagoGRAD is excited to announce a new app that makes it easy for graduate students to reach out to UChicago alumni. Wisr is a platform you can use to find and talk to alumni working in industries that you might be considering for your career. Through Wisr you can schedule conversations to learn more about a particular industry and seek guidance on the skills you need to succeed. The first step is to sign up here through a valid LinkedIn account. The next step is to follow a few simple onboarding steps to complete your profile and then start browsing the alumni network. When you find someone who looks interesting, request a session and Wisr will help with the scheduling. If you have any questions along the way, use the in-app chat box to get help in real time.

UChicagoGRAD Sounding Board

Don’t let your stress and worries overwhelm you. Take advantage of UChicagoGRAD sounding board to unload your concerns both academic and non. Schedule an appointment today.

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The University has purchased an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. The membership provides faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with access to hundreds of resources designed to support their success in their academic careers. Anyone with a university email address is eligible for membership. To register, simply visit the website at the following link and choose “Institutional Sub-Account” as your membership type: https://facultydiversity.site-ym.com/general/pick_username.asp

Resources include:

  •  Monday Motivators, a weekly e-newsletter that gives positive energy and advice, and provides support on all things related to the grad student, postdoc, and faculty academic and professional experience.
  • Webinars that are 60-90 minute professional development sessions facilitated by trained professionals and guest experts.
  •  Multi-Week Courses that are a series of classes that tackle the Academy’s most pressing challenges.
  • Discussion Forum, which is a safe-space where all NCFDD members can connect, share, mentor, problem-solve, and celebrate successes.
  • Library that provides scripts, transcripts, and videos of previous webinars.
  • Career Center that allows members to search job openings, find potential candidates, and subscribe to new posting notifications that are field specific.
  • Resources & Referrals section that has a list of go-to people for services such as coaching, editing, writing, and productivity apps.

Graduate students and postdocs can become NCFDD members by claiming institutional membership online with the University of Chicago via the following link: https://facultydiversity.site-ym.com/page/registration.


Campus-wide events and announcements

GC's Travel Fund Application is now live

 
The Graduate Council Travel Fund offers grants to graduate students to attend academic conferences and other events. In 2016-17, we awarded over 400 travel grants after reviewing almost 300 applications from groups and individuals. The Travel Fund has a rolling deadline, so the only requirement is that you apply at least 10 days in advance of your travel date.  APPLY HERE
 
Please read the rules and eligibility guidelines carefully before submitting an application and thank you for taking the time to apply. We can't wait to hear about the all of your great work! For concerns or questions not addressed in the rules and guidelines, please contact our VP of the Travel Fund, Mary Burkey
Annual Events to Watch For

These or similar events are held throughout the academic year. 

  • Syllabus Workshop
    • Learn how to design college courses in religious studies, using your own course design for the workshop.
  • PhD Skills Identification and Alumni Panel
    • Learn how to translate your PhD education into many non-academic professions.  Share with PhD alumni who are successfully pursuing careers beyond the academy.
  • "Mock"  AAR interviews 
    • Have a conference interview scheduled at the AAR/SBL? Practice your interviewing skills with a faculty panel, and learn as you watch fellow students in their own mock interviews.
  • Divinity School Career Night 
    • Learn how your Divinity School education can translate to a number of career opportunities.  Ask questions of Divinity School alumni who are pursuing a wide range of professions.  Open to students in all degree programs.
  • MDiv Skills Identification and Alumni panel 
    • Learn how your MDiv education and skills can be leveraged toward a variety of professions, including emergent forms of ministry.  Hear from MDvi alumni who are pursuing careers in ministry, non-profit management, social justice and many other fields.
  • PhD Practice Job Talks
    • PhD students deliver their lectures in preparation for on-campus interviews before a group of faculty and students.  The format is intentionally structured according to the anticipated campus visit.  The lecturers will receive feedback on their lecture content, delivery, handouts/slides, and their handling of questions and discussion.