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.




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. 

  • 9/13, 12:30 p.m., Cover Letter Workshop
  • 9/20, 12:30 p.m., Research Statement Workshop
  • 9/27, 12:30 p.m., Teaching Statement Workshop
  • 10/4, 12:30 p.m., CV Workshop
  • 10/11, 12:30 p.m., Diversity Statement Workshop
  • 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 - Information Session

Wednesday, September 20 at 4pm, UChicagoGRAD HQ - 970 E. 58th St., 3rd Floor

Please RSVP in GRAD Gargoyle (click GRAD Events)

Join UChicagoGRAD for an information session on the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Two current fellows will be in attendance to provide tips and talk about their successful applications.

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, 2017. More 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:

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:

Campus-wide events and announcements

Job Posting: Higher Education Fellows in Digital Pedagogy

Apply now through early October

Academic Technology Solutions (ATS) is seeking graduate students and postdocs to assist in the transition to Canvas and to promote the pedagogically-sound use of other educational technology. This position is ideal for those who are preparing to teach blended courses or fully online courses, interested in incorporating a range of digital educational tools for traditional face-to-face classroom, or exploring the field of instructional design. Graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Job Posting: Health Promotion and Wellness, Wellness Student Coordinator

The Health Promotion and Wellness team is seeking a Wellness Student Coordinator to support the mission and goals of HPW’s strategic plan by assisting in day-to-day project oversight.  The ideal candidate will be creative, organized, self-motivated, and willing to work both collaboratively and independently.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about a holistic approach to wellness and the opportunity to gather feedback from students about their health and wellness needs. Department Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Hours per week: 5-7 hours per week | Pay Rate: $12\hour | Interested candidates should contact Layla Matariyeh, 773-834-0313, | Supervisor: Julie Edwards

Registration for Autumn courses in the English Language Institute

Monday, September 18 - Friday, September 29

The ELI will offer the following courses this Autumn for international graduate students: (i) General American Pronunciation, (ii) Spontaneous Speaking, (iii) North American Academic Writing, and (iv) English Communication Strategies for International Graduate Student Instructors. The last course is especially relevant to those who will be TA'ing and/or teaching during their graduate career. Please visit the ELI website for more information on course descriptions, schedules, and registration procedures:


Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:00 am–3:30 pm, Kent Chemical Laboratory, Room 107

The Chicago Center for Teaching's fall orientation for graduate lecturers and course assistants, formerly known as the Workshop on Teaching in the College, has been renamed to the Teaching@Chicago Conference. This year's program will take place on Wednesday, September 20th. This program is open to graduate students across all of the divisions who are preparing to teach either in the College or at another University, in the near future or as preparation for a career in academe. This workshop features individual sessions on an array of topics, as well as breakout sessions to have more intimate conversation with peers and faculty in your discipline. RSVP Required:, and search 2017 Teaching @ Chicago.

Public Speaking, GradProv, ESL Improv, Presentation Skills Classes and More at The Revival!

Fall Session begins October 2nd.  Register now!

Refine your public speaking, presentation and networking skills with classes at The Revival (1160 E. 55th St.).  We offer a number of classes specifically tailored to UChicago Graduate Students including: Public Speaking & Presentation Skills; GradProv; ESL Improv; Storytelling and more!  Prices start at just $50!  For complete details, visit

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.