Links and Resources

Professional Development Resources at Notre Dame

General Resources

GSU Professional Development Committee: The TREC Committee (Teaching, Research, Ethics, Career) is the professional development arm of the Graduate Student Union. Composed of graduate student volunteers, their mission is to offer information and programming that will help Notre Dame graduate students achieve their goals. See their webpage for professional development resources and events, as well as a handy professional development checklist.

Writing and Dissertation Research

Hesburgh Library: Check this page to learn about the services the library provides for teaching and consulting, technology and technology lending, and research and scholarship (including information about digital tools and  citation management).

The Notre Dame Writing Center: Through consultations with experienced tutors, the Writing Center supports student writing projects of all levels and academic backgrounds. Schedule a one-on-one consultation, join a summer course, or sign up for the Thesis & Dissertation Camp (supported by Hesburgh Libraries). A full list of the Writing Center’s resources for graduate students may be found here.

Writing Accountability Groups: Through the Office of Graduate Student Life, students have the opportunity to form writing groups, articulate goals, and apply for funding to provide coffee and snacks for writing sessions.

Integrative Dissertation Pro-Seminar: This year-long initiative provides workshops, social gatherings, and training events for humanities and social science students in the dissertation-writing phase. Its goal is to provide fellowship and strategic writing support so that students can produce enriched dissertations and enhance professionalization and job market value.

Global Dome Exchange Program: This three-week initiative invites humanities students to accelerate their dissertation progress within an international context while building their scholarly network.

Shaheen Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition: The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition celebrates the exciting research being conducted by graduate students and cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Compete with other graduate students to explain your research to a non-specialist audience in three minutes or less.

Funding Opportunities 

The Office of Grants and Fellowships: Located within the Graduate School, the Office of Grants and Fellowships helps students identify potential supplemental funding sources and develop competitive applications. 

The Graduate School: See this graduate school webpage for a list of internal funding sources.

GSU Conference Presentation Grants: Rolling deadline (see website); average award: approx. $250.

Graduate School Professional Development Awards (GSPDA): Rolling deadline (1st of every month); not applicable to travel solely for the purpose of conference attendance, networking, job interviews, or service learning

Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRAs): March deadline; assists with expenses related to research; does not fund conference presentations or workshop attendance

Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts: Graduate Student Research Opportunity Program (GROP) grants, with a March deadline, for specific research projects on the American Dream or the Catholic Social Tradition and its impact on Italian culture

Nanovic Institute: European-related topics only, with a preference for research relevant to contemporary public policy; offers travel, research, conference presentation, and professional development grants, as well as dissertation fellowships

Kellogg Institute for International Studies: Offers a number of fellowships for research, in addition to conference presentation and professional development grants

Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures: Summer Language Abroad Grant; maximum award is $5,500

Gender Studies Research Grants: Gender Studies minors only; max award: $300; can cover conference travel, research travel, creative projects; awarded twice annually (spring and fall)

Irish Studies Funds: Irish Studies minors only; information typically sent out via email; would recommend contacting program admin directly


Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning: The Kaneb Center supports the pursuit of teaching excellence by stimulating scholarly reflection and conversation about teaching and encouraging the adoption of practices that enhance learning. Check out their current workshop series or make use of individual consulting services.

Gender Studies Teaching Apprenticeship: The Gender Studies Program offers graduate students at Notre Dame the opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistants for the Introduction to Gender Studies undergraduate course. Two graduate students in good standing in the Gender Studies Graduate Minor program are selected for these positions each spring.

The College of Arts and Letters: See this page for a list of teaching resources from the College of Arts and Letters.

Career and Leadership

Graduate Career Services: Graduate Career Services offers a diverse array of services to help students explore and achieve their career goals, including individual career advising.

Leaders Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER): Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research – LASER – is an experiential training program for Notre Dame PhD students in their 3rd or 4th year of study. It is intended to develop leadership proficiencies and aptitude as well as to explore and build skills for socially engaged research.