Professional Development


Professional development is a critical part of graduate education at Princeton University. The Graduate School provides programming and resources to support graduate student success and enhance research, teaching and professionalism. From writing and public speaking support to teacher training, graduate students have access to many courses, workshops, and co-curricular programs to explore their professional interests.  To support the breadth of interests of Princeton’s graduate students, the Graduate School collaborates with campus partners to provide robust programs to meet all students' needs.

Feel free to contact Amy Pszczolkowski, Assistant Dean for Professional Development,, with your questions and to learn more about professional development opportunities at Princeton.

Teaching and Mentoring

Graduate Students will find opportunities to build their skills as teachers and mentors in a variety of contexts at Princeton.  Important partners and programs in this area of professional developmeng include the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, the Prison Teaching Initiative, and the ReMatch Mentorship program

Communication and Writing

There are key campus partners who specialize in helping graduate student develop academic writing and practical writing skills, as well as oral and public communications skills. We encourage graduate student to avail themselves of services of the Writing Center, PrincetonWrites and GradSpeak early in their graduate studies.

Career Exploration

The Office of Career Services has dedicated staff and resources to support graduate students career development and exploration of a broad range of career possibilties. In addition, the University Administrative Fellows program allows graduate student to better understand how universities operate administratively and to explore administrative careers.


The Keller Center provides courses, lecturers, internships and maker spaces for graduate students who have an idea and woud like to explore the world of entrepreneurship.


Through the SAFE funding portal, graduate students and graduate student groups are able to seek campus funds for research, conferences and internships from a variety of sources, including academic departments, administrative units, campus life groups, and affiliated organizations.

Graduate Student-Initiated Professional Development Programs

To assist graduate students in receiving more discipline-specific professional development, the Graduate School solicits proposals from graduate students seeking support for professional development activities including conferences, lectures, and workshops during the academic year.  The intent of this fund is to encourage students to pursue professional development experiences that will enrich the student experience and prepare them for careers after graduate study.  Our focus is to fund programming and events that are initiated by graduate students and fill a professional development need not currently met through the department, the Graduate School, or other campus resources. 

Proposals for this fund must be submitted by July 1 for fall programs and by January 1 for spring programs.  Students can expect to receive a maximum of $2,000 from this funding source and are encouraged to seek out other funding sources to supplement Graduate School support.

Professional Development Travel Fund

The Graduate School has established a Professional Development Fund to support graduate student professional development activities.  Individual professional development grants of a maximum of $500 are available through the fund for students who would like to participate in a professional development activity not directly related to their program of study or scholarly work.  Examples of fundable activities include travel funding to participate in a professional development conference, workshops, panel discussions, and networking events.