Current Edition: October 21st 2021


What can fellowships do for you? They can fund your research internationally or domestically and help you acquire language proficiency, support your professional development, and connect you to larger networks of peers and scholars. In GRAD Fellowships we believe that applying for grants and fellowships is a critical skill in every graduate student’s professionalization. Our goal is to empower graduate students now with the durable skills they’ll need to become independent grant seekers and competitive applicants in the future. To these ends, the Fellowships Office offers a number of resources for help navigating the complex world of applying to fellowships. We offer tools to identify the right fellowships for you and assistance in putting your best foot forward in application processes. Keep an eye out for one of our many information sessions, like Exploring Fellowships for Master’s Students, or schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with one of our skilled advisors here.

Beyond what’s mentioned above, there are several things you can do to stay up to date on our latest offerings. You can join our Canvas page, a library of curated fellowships lists and other helpful guides, here.

We also offer monthly newsletters that describe upcoming fellowship deadlines. Each newsletter, one in the humanities and social sciences, and the other in STEM, focuses on awards that are accessible to UChicago graduate students. Sign up here.


GRAD Events

Lockin 80 Days Event for Global Young Talents
Now through November 2021, Online
Since launching, Lockin has held a great number of job fairs in China and other countries, completed more than 600 overseas recruitment outsourcing projects, and built its exclusive brand for oversea talents career development. On-campus recruitment workshop activities are delivered globally – 80 Days Global Talent Search. This is the first and the only global recruitment campaign that is hosted by a Chinese brand. This year, we will host one largest online job fair since Lockin started. After an unusual 2020, in second half of 2021, China’s overseas talent recruitment market is about to be thriving again. More than 65,000 enterprises will participate in this event, and it will last from August to November. For more information and to register, please click here.


Powerful Presentation: Tips and Tools Virtual Workshop 

Thursday, October 21; 12:30-1:30pm CT; Online via Zoom

Learn how to effectively communicate with conviction, confidence, and clarity whether you are giving a presentation in the classroom, at a conference, or in any academic setting. This session will be led by Kristin Boeke-Greven, an award-winning speechwriter and presentation coach. It is offered by the University’s Academic Communicators Network. Register here.


Family Resource Center Halloween Treats

M-F, Oct. 25-28, 10am-4pm, FRC (950 E. 61st St)

We won’t be hosting our normal indoor trick-or-treating parade, but would still love to celebrate with you. Bring your little ones by the newly re-opened FRC Playroom any time we’re open Halloween week to collect a bag of toys and treats! The FRC is free, and open to all university affiliated families–students, staff, post docs, faculty or alumni.


Exploring Fellowship Opportunities for Master’s Students
Monday, October 25; 3:00-3:50pm CT; UChicagoGRAD HQ – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore

This session is targeted for Masters students interested in exploring fellowship opportunities. The session will provide an overview of different types of fellowships, resources to search for and identify fellowship opportunities, and timing and strategies for approaching fellowship applications. Register here.


International Student & Postdoc Career Series: Session 1-Introductino to the U.S. Job Search

Tuesday, October 26; 1:00-2:00pm; UChicagoGRAD HQ – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore

The International Student & Postdoc Career Series of workshops conducted by UChicagoGRAD will address the specific challenges that international students face during the job search and interviewing process. Register here.


Bain & Company Info Session
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6:00-7:00pm Central, Online
Are you considering a career in consulting? Are you interested in testing out the job during our spring/summer internships, or are you starting to think long-term about a full-time career for post-graduation? If so, please join us for this introductory session to learn more about our firm and the work we’re doing with our clients, as well as an overview of the roles available to advanced degree candidates. We’ll also leave plenty of time at the end to answer your questions. This session is designed for candidates at all levels of familiarity with consulting, and will be focused on candidates pursuing or recently graduated with an advanced degree (JD, MD, PhD, or non-MBA Master’s). Register here.



PATHS Career Conversation: Careers in user Experience with Carrie Yury, AM/ABD English

Wednesday, October 27; 11:00-Noon; Online via Zoom

Join UChicagoGRAD for a virtual conversation with Carrie Yury, a PhD alumna of the Department of English. She will discuss her current role in design research, her career journey, and share her advice for graduate students who are interested in similar roles in UX and ethnographic research. Register here.


NSEP Boren Fellowship for Study Abroad and Language Study
Wednesday, October 27; Noon-1:00pm CT; UChicagoGRAD HQ – 3rd floor of the UChicago Bookstore

Join us to learn more about the NSEP Boren Fellowship from Jeff Cary, Boren Outreach and Recruitment Manager. The Boren Fellowships award graduate students up to $30,000 for 6-12 months intensive language study in non-English speaking countries outside western Europe. A paid work experience in a federal government position is required after degree completion.  Language study proposals may include an internship or research component, if applicable. Learn more here. Register here.


Featured Jobs

Communications Manager, Princeton University | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle
Editorial Student Assistant, The University of Chicago Press | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle
Graduate Trader, Flow Traders US LLC | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle
2022 Summer Intern – Back-End Application Development, IBM| Apply via GRAD Gargoyle
Advanced Analytics Intern – Summer 2022, Anthem | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle
Intern, Statistical Programming – Summer 2022, Bristol Myers Squibb | Apply via GRAD Gargoyle


Campus Events

GRAD Council

This week’s highlights from Graduate Council:

  • International Graduate Student Advisory Board (IGSAB)
  • DivaCup interest form
  • Connect with Graduate Council on Instagram


International Graduate Student Advisory Board (IGSAB)

Board Application Deadline: Thursday, October 28

We are excited to announce the creation of the International Graduate Student Advisory Board (IGSAB) under UChicagoGRAD, in partnership with the Graduate Council and the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The board will be made up of a diverse group of international students spanning all divisions and will gather and use Qualtrics survey data to implement need-based programming and advocate for international students in meetings with key administrators. A comprehensive overview of the goals and structure of IGSAB can currently be found on the Graduate Council website.

The past year has presented unique challenges for international students across the United States. Visa status changes, evolving travel regulations, uncertainty regarding post-graduation employment, lack of community, and xenophobia are just a few of the pressure points faced by international students at the University of Chicago and in the United States. In the most recent UChicago census report from Autumn 2020, international students made up 26.4% of the combined undergraduate and graduate student bodies. While UChicago has over 4600 international students, 3600 of which are graduate students, the challenges faced by the international student community are often overlooked.

This year, several students and staff have been working on initiatives to support international students, at both the graduate-wide and divisional levels. We’d like to acknowledge projects from the last year that gave impetus to the formation of the IGSAB. You can find out more about these projects here: How IGSAB Came to Be

We have just highlighted a few ongoing projects, but there are likely more students and staff working on international student issues and research across the University. The goal of the IGSAB is to unify these efforts and gather resources to improve the international student experience at the University of Chicago in a tangible way.

If you are interested in serving on the IGSAB, please fill out this application.

Board Application and Selection Dates (2021-2022 Academic Year):

  • Application Release: October 18th, 2021
  • Application Deadline: October 28th, 2021
  • Board Selection Deadline: November 7th
  • First meeting: Mid November

Feel free to reach out to a member of the advisory or leadership team with any questions or concerns!

Upcoming Events:

Health and Wellness: DivaCups Interest Form

Last year, the Health & Wellness Committee gave away 360 free DivaCups*, and we are excited to continue our FREE DivaCup giveaway again this year! If you are interested in receiving a DivaCup, please fill out this form.

Connect with us:

Follow the Graduate Council Instagram account for more news and updates @gc_uchicago



Campus-wide programming

Job Opening: Associate Student Ombudsperson

Applications are being accepted from enrolled graduate and professional students for the position of Associate Student Ombudsperson for the 2021-22 academic year. The Associate Ombudsperson is a part-time, hourly University position. The Associate Ombudsperson works, on average, 10 hours each week and compensation is $20/hour. Learn more about the Office of the Student Ombudsperson here. For more details about the position and to apply, please visit the CSL website. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Virtual: Not in our Neighborhood! with Playwright Talkback

Thursday, October 21-Sunday, October 25; Stream Performance; Online via Zoom

Sunday, October 25; Noon-1:00pm CT; Talkback with Playwright; Online via Zoom

It’s 1924 and Nellie and William Francis, residents of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, had the courage to buy a home in the ‘all-white’ Groveland Park. They found themselves forced to STAND TALL in the face of ugly, racist protests and KKK-like behavior when they bought the home of their dreams. Click here to learn more.


Latex with Overleaf: Mathematical Equations and Formulas
Thursday, October 21; Noon – 1:00 p.m.

This workshop provides an introduction to typesetting math using LaTeX. We will cover how to create equations and formulas, subscripting and superscripting and other commonly used syntax for math. We will be using the Overleaf Pro software for this workshop. Register for this webinar.


ELI Reading Group

Thursday, October 21; 3:30-4:30p CT in Cobb 107

For the Autumn Quarter, we will be reading Bedrock Faith by Eric Charles May, which was selected as this year’s One Book, One Chicago reading. For more information click here.


ELI Writing Tutor (Three Shifts)

Thursday, October 21; Sunday, October 25; Monday, October 26; 6:00-10:00pm CT; Online via Zoom

Receive feedback on your writing by a tutor who has been trained by the Writing Program and the English Language Institute. Priority is given to College Core students, but grad students can drop in. For more information click here.


Introduction to Zotero

Friday, October 22, 11:00 am – Noon; Register; Tuesday, October 26, 9:00 – 10:00am;  Register

Learn how to use Zotero, a free citation manager that allows you to save and organize citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create bibliographies in popular citation styles (MLA, Chicago and APA).


ELI Board Game Group

Friday, October 22; 4:00-6:00pm CT; Outdoors or Weston Game Lab

Come and join the ELI’s Board Game Group, where you will play intriguing games with new friends, learn the language of board games, and build confidence in using your spontaneous speaking and critical thinking skills. For more information click here.


New Book Salon: Dipesh Chakrabarty

Friday, October 22, 2021; 5:00-6:30pm CT; Zoom / Social Science Research Building 122

Please join us for a New Book Salon with 3CT fellow Dipesh Chakrabarty in celebration of his recent monograph from the University of Chicago Press, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age. Here, Chakrabarty is joined by Neil Brenner, Adom Getachew, Andrew Ollett, and Jennifer Pitts. 3CT co-director Lisa Wedeen is the moderator. Register here and learn more here.


Apply for the Library Student Advisory Group

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 24

The Library is soliciting applications from graduate students to serve on the Library Student Advisory Group. The group serves as a formal channel of communication between students and the Library administration, and discusses matters related to collections, spaces, and services, along with issues relating to the present and future needs of the student community. Apply online by October 24, 2021.


Identifying Sources for Your Literature Review

Monday, October 25; Noon – 1:00pm CT

In this workshop, we will provide advice on identifying sources to include in your literature review for your thesis, research proposal, or other research project. We’ll provide brief guidelines on developing a literature review, discuss how to locate and evaluate relevant scholarly sources, and provide advice on how to stay organized. We’ll also share information on how University of Chicago librarians can help you. Register


Pivot for Success

Tuesday, October 26; 6pm CT; Online via Zoom

Serial entrepreneur and former executive Amy S. Hilliard shares her perspective as a woman of color behind million-dollar brands. Register here.


ELI Conversation Hour

Tuesday, October 26; 3:30-4:30pm CT; Cobb 116

Do you want to improve your English speaking skills? Join the weekly ELI Conversation Hour! Build English proficiency and communication skills, learn about North American cultures, discuss different topics each week, and network and meet new people. For more information click here.


Theorizing the Present: Kelly Gillespie and Leigh-Ann Naidoo

Tuesday, October 26; 2021, 5:00–6:30pm CT; Tea Room, Social Science Research Building (second floor)

In the upcoming lecture “Shoot me I’m dead already!” Critical Notes on Afropessimism in South Africa, South African scholars Gillespie and Naidoo discuss the relationship of Afropessimism to South Africa, with a particular focus on the 2015–16 Black student uprisings. Register here and learn more here.


Halloween Mixer

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00PM-7:30PM, I-House Assembly Hall (1414 E 59th Street)
It’s spooky season at I-House! Come along to mingle with other graduate students at this scary themed gathering with food and drinks provided.
Costumes strongly encouraged! Registration is required:


Where do Americans Stand on Climate and Energy Policy?

Tuesday, October 26, 2021; 5:30 – 7:00pm CT;  Zoom and David Rubenstein Forum 1201 E 60th St

Climate change is a top priority for President Biden and leaders around the world as they prepare to meet at the next international climate summit, COP26, in November. But how big of a priority is it for the American public?  Join EPIC as we host a conversation with our 2021-2022 policy fellows Carlos Curbelo and Heather McTeer Toney. Learn more here.


I-House Book Club

Wednesday, October 27, 1:00PM-2:00PM, I-House Admin Suite (1414 E 59th Street)

For the next Book Club, we’re reading The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance. Registration is required and I-House will provide copies of the book to the first 15 graduate students on the condition that you join for the discussion.


Seminar on Teaching Portfolios

Thursday, October 28th, 2:30-4:00pm

Assembling a teaching portfolio helps us to think, talk, and write about our teaching with precision and sophistication. This seminar describes potential components of the teaching portfolio and explores what makes for an effective statement of teaching philosophy (a central element of the portfolio). Participants will then write a draft statement of teaching philosophy and assemble a draft portfolio to submit for peer feedback during the follow-up workshop on Teaching Portfolios. Register here.



Ongoing Programming

20 Minutes Still Meditation

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 8:00am

September 27-October 15, 2021; Virtual Living Room at

October 18-December 10, 2021; Bond Chapel

Still the mind and body, open the heart, join us online in our Virtual Living Room. No experience necessary, open to those of all spiritual backgrounds.


Morning Yoga

Wednesdays 9:00–9:25 pm CT; Virtual Living Room at

September 29–December 8 (no class on November 24th)

Wake up and start the day with this short yoga practice for all levels. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. A yoga mat is recommended.


Yin Yoga

Thursdays, 5:30–6:30 pm

September 30–December 9, 2021 (no class on November 25th); Virtual Living Room at

A slow and restorative yoga class in which each pose is held for 3-5 minutes, with the aim of relaxing mind and body. People of all levels of experience with yoga are welcome. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. If you don’t have a yoga mat, a rug or folded blanket on the floor are good substitutes. Bring any pillows or blankets you have on hand to help make your poses more comfortable.



UChicago Student Wellness, Human Resources Offering Free Flu Shots to the Campus Community

October thru November

UChicago Student Wellness, in collaboration with Human Resources, is offering free flu shots this Autumn Quarter on campus to students, faculty, other academic appointees, and staff with a University ID. Individuals will be required to have an appointment to receive a flu shot. The online scheduling tool allows you to quickly and easily schedule, change, or cancel your appointment. We encourage you to make your appointment online as soon as possible. Appointments are available throughout October and early November. For more information, see


Gentle Yoga

October 5–December 7, 2021 (no class on November 23rd); 5:30-6:30pm CT; Rockefeller Chapel

A slow, meditative yoga class for all, whether you have experience with yoga or want to try it out for the first time. This class is designed for unwinding at the end of the day, with special attention to moving the body in ways that combat the negative effects of long periods of sitting and computer use. Wear any comfortable clothing that you can move in. Please bring a yoga mat. Mats will not be provided due to University COVID-19 guidelines. Please note that the University’s masking requirements must be followed during this class.


LAST CHANCE for Public Speaking, Stand Up Comedy, Improv and More at The Revival

Most people dread speaking in public. Sooner or later, we all have to do it! Curriculum papers, conferences, or leading a group discussion. Sometimes our anxiety gets in the way. The Revival’s classes are designed to take the fear out of public speaking and insert the fun. Using the underlying skills of improvisation, we will help you become a more effective public speaker. Onsite and Zoom classes start soon! Details and registration information are on the Revival website.


New University Safety Webpage

With the safety of those on campus and in the surrounding community a paramount priority, the University of Chicago recently launched a new safety webpage with an overview of the robust safety resources available to members of the University community as well as tips for staying safe in the city, around campus, where you live, and while using transportation. All members of the campus community are encouraged to review the site and to check back regularly for new resources and information. For complete information on safety and security resources, visit the Department of Safety and Security’s main website.


Mindfulness Meditation Ambassador Program

A 30-minute practice and conversation with Spiritual Life Program Assistant Nicole Yan for those who wish to deepen their own meditation practice and share learned skills with others. Sessions can be offered upon request with flexible time options. Email for more information or to schedule a time.