The UChicagoGRAD team gathers for a staff photo outside the bookstore on a sunny autumn day.

The University of Chicago is at the forefront of a movement to provide academic and professional support to complement the academic rigor and excellence that are the hallmarks of UChicago graduate education.

UChicagoGRAD offers a range of services and resources to enhance the ability of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to navigate their careers at UChicago and beyond.

UChicagoGRAD is a national model for supporting graduate students and postdocs thanks to pioneering, tailored initiatives ranging from training in writing and public speaking to career exploration treks, internships, employer recruitment fairs, and alumni networking events. With opportunities like these, UChicagoGRAD is building pipelines to help graduate students and postdocs convey the invaluable forms of knowledge that research universities produce to where they are most needed in society.

UChicagoGRAD presents departmental “roadshows” to inform faculty, students, and postdocs about available services. To request a UChicagoGRAD staff presentation customized for your department please complete this form.


UChicago GRAD HQ space.


  • UChicagoGRAD is a one-stop shop of integrated services to help graduate students and postdocs navigate their academic and professional careers.
  • Led by Jason Merchant, Vice Provost, UChicagoGRAD programs provide flexible training that complements support in academic units.
  • UChicagoGRAD staff are committed to serving the graduate and postdoc community, focusing on recruitment; skills and experience; career development; and alumni engagement.

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