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Professional Development

Brown Graduate students are supported as they define their own areas of expertise and professional pathways, demonstrating their mastery through tried-and-true steps and innovative approaches. For doctoral students, the steps typically include seeking external funding, taking teaching certificate programs, gaining teaching experience, and presenting and publishing discoveries, interpretations, or new works. 

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. All graduate students can explore career pathways at an annual graduate career options conference. See additional important links below.

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

Professional Development Links