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.




Humanists@Work (HumWork) is the graduate career initiative for the University of California system and hosts conferences around the state.

Life as a Humanist

To showcase the variety of lives and livelihoods of humanities and humanistic social science PhDs, the Townsend Center and the Graduate Division invite ten Berkeley PhD graduates working in a range of careers to lead small group discussions with current and recent PhD students.

"A Day in the Life"

Debra Behrens, PhD Counselor, introduces the Career Center's new program connecting PhD students with advanced degree professionals for a “Day in the Life” job shadowing experience.

Humanities and Social Sciences

This three-part workshop is designed to provide an overview of the Academic Job Search process from the perspective of the search committee and to help candidates figure out how to present their credentials, on paper and in person, in the strongest possible manner.

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.


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?

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.