We believe that graduate training is holistic.  Our Professional Development Program complements graduate students' and postdoctoral scholars academic training, fostering the skills and insights that help them stand out in their fields. The program offers more than 100 events across four spires--Ethics, Research, Teaching, Career--to help graduate students and postdocs develop core competencies and skills.  

    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Professional Students
    • Postdoc
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Writing
    • Professional networking
    • Research development
    • Risk and compliance
    • Job search
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    • Science policy
    • Technology commercialization
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Teaching
    • Research ethics
    Services Offered
    • Career Counseling
    • Grants and Fellowship Consultations
    • Courses
    • Seminars
    • Workshops
    • Ethics and RCR Training
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Non-profit organizations
    • Federal agencies
    • Alumni
    • Entrepreneurs/Self-employed
    University Collaborations
    • Center for Social Concerns
    • Graduate Career Services
    • Graduate Student Union
    • University libraries
    • Center for Teaching and Learning
    • Center for Science, Technology, and Values
    • Writing Center
    • English for Academic Purposes Program
    • International Student Services and Activities
    • Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts
    • Alumni Association
    • Office of Grants and Fellowships
    • Office for Postdoctoral Scholars


    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.