Graduate Professional Development

The Townsend Center sponsors several types of graduate student workshops throughout the year on topics such as public speaking, publishing advice, and preparation for life and work after the PhD. 

Participation in graduate workshops is often by registration or application only. Spaces in workshops are limited. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can offer your space to someone else.



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Because of the extremely saturated faculty market, it's become increasingly common for fresh PhD graduates in the humanities and social sciences to search for postdoc positions. But how does one get a postdoc and make the most of it?

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Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program Information Session

The Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at partnering nonprofit organizations and government agencies, where the fellows participate in the core work of these organizations while benefitting from professional mentoring and career development opportunities.

Life as a Humanist

Number of PhD student participants has been extended to 40. Please apply immediately for the opportunity to participate. 


Lura Dolas

Lura Dolas (TDPS) conducts two three-hour workshops designed to teach graduate students techniques to help them deliver job talks clearly, confidently, and persuasively.