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Training & Mentorship

The Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship (OGTM) was developed to enhance and sustain a culture for academic success and professional development of graduate students. In an effort to assist graduate departments with this mission, the OGTM provides the following services:

  • Assist with coordination of recruitment and retention efforts
  • Identify and create diversity resources and initiatives that strengthen faculty mentoring and support retention of underrepresented populations in a variety of fields of study across campus
  • Collaborates with other members of the Graduate School executive staff and related offices to collect and maintain data (e.g., enrollment, graduation, surveys) for tracking and required reporting and for faculty writing grants
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate training in grant development
  • Collaborates with the Office of Research and faculty from various units across campus to coordinate responsible conduct of research
  • Assist with building faculty-student collaborative research teams and interdisciplinary projects

Ernest L. Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, oversees the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship in the Graduate School.

Funding and Training Opportunities

Student Faculty Research Awards Accepting Applications

Are you a graduate student or faculty member collaborating on a scholarly project (and are seeking funding for it)? The Student Faculty Research Awards starts accepting applications for fall 2020 on 9/18 and will accept them until 10/1. Visit for details.

Fall 2020 Student Faculty Research Awards

The Student/Faculty Research Awards are an opportunity to support collaborative projects involving faculty and graduate students. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to student/faculty pairs who submit proposals for funds to support research or creative projects. Participation in this program helps support student research/scholarship/creative activity, gives students experience writing grants, and fosters the mentoring relationship between faculty and graduate students.

Now is the time to prepare your proposal! The Student/Faculty Research Awards will begin accepting proposals on September 18 and will continue to accept proposals until October 1. Read more about proposal requirements and eligibility.

GTA@OIT Grant Program is Accepting Proposals

The GTA@OIT Grant is now accepting proposals. The GTA@OIT grant assists Graduate Teaching Assistants and Associates in redesigning a course or course component for web-based delivery in Online@UT (Canvas). Receive an award of $1,000 to be used for travel and/or professional development purposes. You must have sole responsibility for teaching a class in order to apply. We encourage applicants who are interested in reworking the content of a course for delivery in Online@UT (Canvas).

View the Call for Proposals at the OIT website.

IRB 101 Session on September 8

IRB 101 is an overview of IRB requirements and procedures, and is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to receive human subjects approval for research at the University of Tennessee. If you are doing research, you should probably know what an IRB is, and why it matters to you, so consider attending. For more details about the sessions, visit the Office of Research and Engagement. The next session for fall 2020 is on Tuesday, September 8 at 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and you can register for this and other sessions at

Community Engagement Seminar Series Begins

The first session of the fall Community Engagement Seminar will be held on September 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. This session is intended for faculty, staff and students who are new to community engagement and community-based participatory research. The facilitators will go over fundamentals and best practices for developing your engagement and outreach agenda. To get access to this virtual event, please contact Nicole Bryant at