Penn Graduate Student Center

Navigating the Dissertation

About Navigating the Dissertation

Navigating the Dissertation seeks to help doctoral students be successful in the dissertation process through workshops, resources, dissertation groups, and Dissertation Boot Camp. This program is cosponsored by Penn Graduate Student Center and GAPSA.

The Library offers a great many workshops to help in the research and dissertation process. 

Career Services offers extensive programming to help doctoral students transfer their skills to the academic and non-academic job market process.

Additional Funding

Penn Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity

Application Deadline Friday, November 03, 2017

The Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity Program is a competitive program whose goal is to increase the diversity of the community of scholars devoted to academic research at both the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Both organizations seek to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions. Fellowships are available for postdoctoral training in all areas of study at either Penn or CHOP. Successful candidates will receive mentored scholarly and research training as well as courses and workshops to enhance their research success skills and prepare them for a faculty position in a major university.

Complete details can be found at

Career Services

Walk-In Wednesdays with Career Services
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If you have a quick, career-related question, or want feedback on a CV, resume, or any job/internship application materials, then take this opportunity to meet with a Career Services graduate student/postdoc career advisor at the Graduate Student Center (room 303) every Wednesday from 12-2pm. We are looking forward to speaking with you! To find other walk-in hours offered at Career Services, visit:, and to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a career advisor specific to your School, visit

Writing Days

Writing Consultations
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The Graduate Student Center is offering Writing Consultations with a writing expert from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center from 1-4 pm every Monday, beginning September 25. Our consultant can discuss work at every stage, and help you move past difficult roadblocks in the process. You do not have to register for Monday Writing Collective to partake in Writing Consultations.

No advance registration is required for Writing Consultations. You may arrive at any time between 1 to 3:30 pm. Go to the 2nd floor Conference Room of the Grad Center. Check in on the sign-in sheet, and sign up for a 30 minute time slot of your choice for that afternoon. You will then meet with James, the Writing Adviser, individually on the third floor, in Room 303. Of course, the earlier you arrive and check in, the earlier you can meet with James.

Monday Writing Collective - REGISTRATION CLOSED
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  • Having trouble with your paper, proposal, or thesis?
  • Feeling stressed out and isolated?

  • Can't find a quiet place to write?

Are you looking for an extended, semester-long Writing Group? This is a self-directed and highly-focused writing group for graduate students working on a major project (e.g. dissertation or dissertation-related projects, proposal writing, grant writing, coding, etc.). Registrants commit to meeting weekly, every Monday from 1-5 pm, from September 18 through December 18. Participants work quietly and independently in a library-like atmosphere. Weekly attendance will be taken; barring extenuating circumstances, absences should be reported at least one week in advance. Snacks will be served! Registration begins August 28, 2017. First meeting on Monday, September 18.

We are also offering Writing Consultations, detailed below. No advance registration is required for Writing Consultations.

For additional meeting times, please make an appointment directly with the Weingarten Learning Resources Center at Penn: The Weingarten Center offers individual appointments throughout the year.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221