The School of Graduate Studies makes significant investments in the career-readiness of our graduate students, preparing them for both academic and professional environments:

Professional Development Calendar

This calendar provides students with a list of workshops, lectures, symposia, and other events related to professional development and career preparation.


Through our GradFund office, students have access to an extensive database of fellowship and grant information and receive one-on-one advising to help identify relevant opportunities and apply for funding.

iJOBS: Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists

Through panels, industry site visits, workshops, and externships, the NIH-funded iJOBS program exposes biomedical PhD students and postdocs to non-academic career options and to the skills necessary for professional success.

TAP: Teaching Assistant Project

The TA Project provides comprehensive professional development programs for Teaching Assistants, preparing them for both academic and non-academic careers while enhancing the quality of education for Rutgers undergraduate and graduate students.

RISE Research Program

The Research Intensive Summer Experience (RISE) is a nationally acclaimed summer research program for outstanding undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. Our scholars engage in cutting-edge research under the guidance of carefully matched faculty mentors, preparing for success in graduate school and beyond.

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The 3MT competition teaches graduate students how to communicate effectively to specialists and non-specialists alike, preparing them to present their research at scholarly conferences and to take part in both academic and professional job markets. The competition also promotes the value of doctoral research to a wider community and strengthens scholarly engagement and collaboration across the disciplines.

Alliance for Career Advancement

The ACA provides opportunites for students enrolled in our Biomedical Sciences programs to explore a wide range of career options and to develop leadership and communication skills.

Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD is a digital platform designed to help you learn more about the career opportunities that exist outside the tenure track. This tool demystifies non-academic professions, making it easier to explore a wide range of career paths.

Imagine PhD

ImaginePhD is a free career-planning tool for PhDs in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This tool assists PhD students and their advisors as they explore and plan for a broad range of exciting career options.

Professional Development Courses & Workshops

The Graduate School has developed special courses and workshops that are designed to enhance graduate education and provide students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in graduate school and beyond.

  • Responsible and Ethical Research (16:486:501)
  • Excellence in Mentorship Fellows Program (16:186:601/603)
  • Scientific Writing for the 21st Century (16:186:602)
  • Writing for the Dissertation (16:186:604)

PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA)

Traditional discipline-based doctoral education is devoted to preparing students for careers in scholarship and teaching, however, a critical need exists for individuals who also understand the structure and dynamics of colleges and universities, know the challenges these institutions face, and possess the interpersonal and organizational knowledge to provide effective and ethical leadership in addressing the critical issues confronting higher education.

Career Services

Career Services provides resources and workshops that help students professionalize and pursue meaningful careers following degree completion.

Additional Online Resources

Best Practice in Professional Development