The Graduate College fosters personal growth and professional development in graduate students and postdocs during their time at Illinois and in their future careers.

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Postdoc
    • Faculty mentors
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Career exploration, goal-setting & planning
    • Job search
    • Professional networking
    • Interview preparation and negotiation
    • Fellowship proposal and grant writing
    • Teaching and Research
    • Lab management
    • Copyright and Academic publishing
    • Personal Finance
    • Understanding expectations
    • Mentoring
    Services Offered
    • Career counseling
    • Workshops
    • Video tutorials
    • Interview preparation
    • Employer information sessions
    • One-on-one fellowship proposal reviews
    • Support programs for URM students
    • Electronic e-bulletins
    • GradLife blog
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Federal agencies
    • Other universities and/or colleges
    • Alumni
    University Collaborations
    • Career services/career center
    • The Center for Writing Studies
    • Teaching and learning center
    • University libraries
    • Office of Technology Management
    • University of Illinois Extension


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.