The Grad Success Center supports graduate students' professional, academic, and personal success during graduate school and beyond. We're here to help you plan to make the most of your time here in graduate school, to apply for external grants and fellowships to fund your work, to find and apply for jobs, to hone your teaching practice, and to communicate your research to a variety of audiences.

Whether you have no idea what you want to do after graduate school or know exactly which pathways you want to pursue, we're here to help. Check out our services, make an appointment, or sign up for our professional development newsletter today.

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Fellowship and Grant Support

Grant writing is a vital skill for the academic, government, and non-profit sectors, and it is best developed with supported practice.

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CIRTL at Iowa

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning helps future faculty integrate research skills with teaching to become a better teacher.

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Career Exploration & Planning

Whether you’re just starting, mid-program, or about to graduate, it’s important to be proactive about your career preparation.

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Schedule one of our workshop offerings or professional development series for your department or student organization.

Upcoming Events

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Academic Job Support Office Hours - Research Statements

Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:00pm to 1:00pm
The process of pursuing a tenure-track of teaching-track faculty position can be intimidating.  The good news is that if you're going out on the academic job market(s), there is support for you and your search here at the University of Iowa. In addition to support from faculty mentors, the Graduate College’s Grad Success Center also helps students who are going through the process of finding and applying for academic jobs at every stage from developing and drafting materials to interview and...
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Three Minute Thesis Workshop: Research on Stage & Practice Your Pitch

Friday, September 30, 2022 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Art Building West
Prepare for the Three Minute Thesis Competition by learning theatrical techniques including breath, movement, and body language. This session will cover: How to find a hook to get audiences interested in their research.  How to feel more comfortable speaking in front of groups and how to create engaging oral presentations. Register at  and join us for the workshop on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in ABW 240. 
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Improv Theatre for Communication Skills Series

Wednesday, October 5, 5:00pm to Wednesday, December 28, 2022 6:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Do you want to feel more comfortable with public speaking, teaching, and presentations? Join other graduate students and postdocs for improvisation drop-in sessions where we will use improv theatre games to help you improve your confidence in public speaking, answering questions, and communicating your research to broad audiences. Sessions will be led by Lisa Kelly, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Cedar Rapids and the UI CIRTL Coordinator, and Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, UI Theatre...

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