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Professional Development at GSAS is for PhD and MA students in all departments and in all stages of their career. Whether you are just starting or are about to finish your degree, the resources we provide are for you. Our goal is to enable students to pursue fulfilling careers in the private sector, academia, non-profits and government.

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Connected PhD

In 2019, Brandeis University was awarded a major grant from the Andrew W. Melon Foundation to enrich professional development opportunities for doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Two types of funding are available to humanities and social sciences PhD students: 1) grants of up to $5000 to acquire practical skills and 2) grants to pay for internships and part-time work that has clear professional development opportunities. 

Grant deadlines: October 15, 2021; January 15, 2022; April 1, 2022 (there are different deadlines for each semester)

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Grants for skill-building                    Internship and part-time work opportunities

Grant Recipients:

Diana Filar’s award allowed her to hold a summer internship with the International Institute of New England, an organization that assists refugees and immigrants in integrating into local communities. Filar aided IINE in securing future funding. She gained further experience in the administration and financial management of public-facing nonprofit organizations.

Lijun Lin Sociology PhD worked with the Family Services Program of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). At the center, Lin held a number of responsibilities, ranging from administrative and translation work, to helping with workshops and case management, enabling her to gain experience in a variety of the nonprofit’s activities.

Moriah King, a PhD student in Anthropology, collaborated with Growing Places, a nonprofit group based in Leominster, MA that focuses on improving access to healthy and environmentally sustainable food for residents in food insecure regions of North Central Massachusetts. King conducted an visual ethnography for the organization to document local farm practices by working alongside small-scale farmers in the towns of Westminster, MA and Ashburnham, MA.

Arantxa Ortiz, Anthropology PhD, received funds to attend the Flaherty Film Seminar and to work as a digital archivist with a Boston-based immigrant rights grassroots organization. She has created the Undocumented Histories Archive to document political struggles for immigrant rights in the United States, including ongoing campaigns for driver's licenses for all residents in Massachusetts and beyond.