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Document Review: by appointment

Students seeking feedback on their resume, CV, or cover letter may contact Dr. Laura Page for an individual appointment, offered in-person or over Zoom. Once scheduled, students should email the document in advance for review. The goal of the 30-minute meeting is to discuss feedback and suggested revisions: PageL@missouri.edu


Professional Development Certificate

An opportunity for any graduate student to earn a professional development certificate* from the Graduate School by engaging with the gradESSENTIALS professional development program during MU graduate studies. Gaining a range of professional development experiences during graduate school will assist students in marketing themselves as well-rounded candidates as they embark on the job search, particularly in the exploration of diverse career pathways.

For requirements and steps for participation, contact Dr. Laura Page, Assistant Dean of Professional Development and Leadership at PageL@missouri.edu

*Professional development certificate awarded by the Graduate School will be non-transcripted, thus, no approvals are necessary.


Humanities Grant Writing Speaker Series and Professional Development Certificate

The speaker series provides an opportunity for graduate students to advance their knowledge and practice in the area of grant writing. Sessions are designed for students in the humanities disciplines, but are open to students from all academic programs.

For humanities students interested in earning a professional development certificate in grant writing from the Graduate School, attending the speaker series is one requirement. Please review the certificate section for details. 

Speaker Series Fall 2022

  • Grants 101:  Friday, September 23, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    This session offers an overview of planning and submitting a grant proposal. Topics include how to read a request for proposals, how to assess the program’s fit for your research, timeline, and budget, and how to begin planning the proposal and submission process.
  • Finding Funding: Wednesday, Nov. 2, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    In this session, we teach you how to “go fishing” for external funding. We will explore options for how to search for funding opportunities (and refine your searching techniques), connect with sponsors, and stay up to date with sponsor priorities to give you a competitive edge.


Speaker Series Spring 2023

  • Humanities Faculty Panel – Humanities faculty who have received a grant and/or served as a grant reviewer for funding agencies will be invited to speak with students about their experiences, what funders are looking for, and tips for success in writing a grant.
  • Translating Your Humanities Degree into a Professional Career – This session will discuss how to market yourself and your skills (e.g., project management, writing) for a career beyond academia. Students will learn how to create a resume from a CV as part of this process.
  • Diverse Career Opportunities in the Humanities: Talking with Professionals – Professionals working in careers within museums, art institutes, and other non-profit organizations who have a humanities PhD from MU or elsewhere will be invited to serve on panels to discuss their career journeys and the skills they need for their careers. 


Humanities Grant Writing Professional Development Certificate 

Humanities graduate students have the opportunity to earn a professional development certificate* from the Graduate School by engaging with the speaker series and additional professional development events. Gaining a range of professional development experiences during graduate school will assist students in marketing themselves as well-rounded candidates as they embark on the job search, particularly in the exploration of diverse career pathways.

Requirements for certificate:

  • Attend all five (5) speaker series events offered as part of the Humanities Grant Writing Speaker Series.
  • Attend a minimum of three (3) additional professional development sessions offered through the gradESSENTIALS program of the Graduate School. A specific list of qualifying sessions will be provided each semester (see above section titled, “related professional development sessions”). Attendance is tracked at each session and kept for reference by Graduate School staff.
  • Provide a reflection of the experience once all requirements have been met

Steps for participation:

  1. Complete an Individual Development Plan (IDP)**
  2. Review gradESSENTIALS calendar for the current semester to identify sessions to attend; register for each session
  3. Attend the (5) required and (3) additional sessions, totaling at least eight (8) sessions within an academic year (August – May)
  4. Students must keep track of their individual progress
  5. When requirements have been met, student provide a reflection of the experience by completing a Qualtrics survey

*Professional development certificate awarded by the Graduate School will be non-transcripted, thus, no approvals are necessary.

**Students are strongly encouraged to use the tool as a planning document way to prioritize goals, track progress, and build a professional portfolio. An IDP template is available to all graduate students on the Graduate School website.

For questions about the speaker series and/or the certificate, contact: Dr. Laura Page, Assistant Dean of Professional Development and Leadership at PageL@missouri.edu

The Versatile PhD

PhDs go many places. They’re in academia, government, non-profits, industry. They use their skills, their knowledge, their agile minds, their expertise. They’re happy, successful, and feel rewarded by what they’re doing. But how did they get there? The Versatile PhD (VPhD) helps you answer that question.

VPhD is the largest online community dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhD graduates in humanities, social sciences and STEM fields. Best of all, its free to MU students, faculty, staff and postdocs.

Before you can access Versatile PhD, you must authenticate with your MU credentials.
Once you’ve authenticated, you can then log in (or sign up) to access MU’s VPhD portal.

Authenticate Now

VPhD Feature Spotlight

Career Finder: VPhD’s Career Finder lets members access resources that detail experiences of humanities, social sciences and STEM PhD graduates who have embarked on non-academic career paths, informed by resumes, cover letters and narratives.

Smart Jobs: The smart jobs feature provides new career ideas and opportunities to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Smart jobs keeps an updated list of available jobs around the U.S. and provides easy access to apply for these jobs.

Power Search and Networks: Use these networking tools to search a database of over 95,000 active members, by name, discipline, employer, location, and more. Additionally search the volunteer-led meetup database for in-person support and networking.

Options for Success Course: Options for Success is a six-module course designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to identify career paths, understand how their degree is linked to the career and navigate the transition from student to professional. Course participants will assess their strengths, identify interests, build a network, learn to market their skills, and more.

My Plan: My Plan allows you to enter your anticipated date of graduation as well as the field of study or degree program you are in, and generates a personalized board of dated goals for your graduate journey. Each of the dated goals comes with a detailed objective and best practices on how to achieve them.

Forums and Webinars: Visit the VPhD forums and watch the pre-recorded webinars featuring experts in various career fields, resume examples, inspiring biographies, question and answer sessions, meetups, panel discussions to help you prepare for your transition into a career, and much more.

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