Professional Development Opportunities
Pursue a fully supported internship as part of your doctoral graduate training. Internships offer doctoral students a mentored experience in non-academic settings that is tailored to meet the needs of partner organizations.
Learn how to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusiveness through the Rackham DEI Professional Development Certificate.
Expand your public engagement through programs that help you imagine the potential for your scholarship to reach audiences and communities beyond the academy.
The Biotech Career Development Program (BCDP) is an annual structured, cohort-based program to educate, train, and provide career exposure to many aspects of biotechnology outside of the traditional academic tenure-track faculty position.
Rackham is committed to cultivating the highest ethical standards in the conduct of scholarship and professional ethics for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Gupta Professional Ethics series was established through the generous support of the Gupta Family Foundation in 2021.
Named for the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.
Rackham’s annual King Talks are TED-style talks echoing the theme of U-M’s MLK Symposium. Through this program, Rackham students publicly communicate the relevance of their research to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. King Talks Speakers receive an honorarium and a professional footage of their talk for their own use.
In collaboration with Rackham Graduate School, CRLT offers programs to help graduate students prepare to pursue and succeed in faculty careers. Topics include preparing for the job market, learning about current issues in higher education, tenure and faculty worklife, and effective teaching for a diverse student body.
Dr. Kirsten Elling, Graduate Student Advancement Coordinator and Dr. Tim Cavnar, Ph.D. Career Coach at the University Career Center, meet with doctoral students virtually and in the Rackham Building for career counseling and coaching. Graduate students can schedule an appointment through Handshake to discuss career exploration, the job search, resumes and CVs, interviews, and more.Schedule an Appointment
We know graduate students often ask, “what’s next” and “what else.” That’s why we have created a space for you connect with Rackham alumni and explore potential answers to those questions. Rackham Connect is a digital space developed in partnership with the Career Center’s University Career Alumni Network (UCAN) where students can connect with alumni and potential mentors.
More alumni are joining Rackham Connect each day, and they’re excited to hear from you. Create your profile and start connecting.Create Your Profile
Professional Development Grant
Rackham Professional Development Grants support short-term experiences for doctoral students to develop professional skills and advance their career goals. Funding is available for doctoral students seeking careers both within academia and in a variety of fields beyond the professoriate.
UM Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Grant
The UM Postdoctoral Association (UMPDA) provides awards of up to $250/each to support Postdoctoral Research Fellow career development through professional learning, training, and membership opportunities.
Rackham Conference Travel Grant
The Rackham Conference Travel Grant supports graduate students’ participation in the life of their academic professions through attending and presenting at conferences.
UM Postdoctoral Association Conference Award
The UMPDA provides awards of up to $250/each or $500/each to support Postdoctoral Fellows wishing to attend conferences virtually or in-person, respectively.
Professional Travel with Children Grants
These grants are intended to support Rackham parents who incur expenses while traveling with small children (under the age of 6) while attending conferences, workshops, meetings or other academic events as part of their scholarly research or in pursuit of professional career readiness both within and outside of academia. We have professional travel grants for both graduate student parents and postdoctoral fellow parents.