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Professional Development

Professional development is an integral part of graduate education. In coordination with offices and centers across campus, the Graduate School helps graduate students develop the skills they need to succeed in both the academic and non-academic worlds. The University provides abundant opportunities for students to develop as teachers, scholars, speakers, and researchers.

Development Plan

The Graduate School encourages students to develop an Individual Development Plan to map out career goals and the steps of their professional development. Doctoral students can take advantage of Brown's distinctive development opportunities.

Center for Careers and Life After Brown

167 Angell St.
(401) 863-3326
[email protected]

Center for Careers and Life After Brown (CareerLAB)

The CareerLAB offers advising services and extensive programming for those seeking career information and job search assistance. You can schedule individual sessions to ask quick questions on resume or CV critiques, and attend programs and workshops. Services are geared to both master’s and doctoral students. All sessions are confidential. 

The graduate student section of the CareerLAB website links to many resources for career exploration, skill development, and specific interest areas.

Graduate students should complete their profile on Handshake and also BrownConnect. Handshake is Brown's system for making appointments, finding job postings and learning about workshops and events. BrownConnect allows students to connect with alumni for internship opportunities or networking.

For more information or to make an appointment to see a counselor, use Handshake or email [email protected].

Also view a Resume & CV workshop for PhD students video (spring 2021).

Distinctive Opportunities

Development opportunities include advanced teaching opportunitiesGlobal Mobility grants and research travel funds, interdisciplinary scholarly opportunities at Centers and Institutes, communications workshops and public research talks,  and a series exploring careers in higher education administration.


The Graduate Community Fellows Program is an opportunity for graduate students to cultivate community, leadership, collaboration, and problem solving skills through developing and implementing initiatives that strengthen the Brown graduate community and foster a culture that respects and celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity. Initiatives fall under one of the following areas: Race & Social Justice, International Community, Wellness & Health, Family-Friendly, and Master’s Student Community.


Publishing is one measure of student development. Graduate students are welcome to work with peer mentors in the Writing Center.  The Graduate School is pleased to celebrate and acknowledge publishing success: Please email your accomplishments to [email protected].

Professional Development Links