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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

Two Assistantship Positions at the McClung Museum

The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture is currently seeking two graduate assistants for spring 2022.

Graduate Assistant—Academic Programs

This position is to provide support to the Curator of Academic Programs, and serve as an interface between McClung Museum and UT by connecting students and faculty with the museum and its collection. This position will work with museum staff to develop and implement dynamic programming for university students and faculty, curriculum-structured gallery experiences, opportunities for object-based teaching and learning, and new extracurricular initiatives with the Museum.

Read more about the position or contact Katy Malone (

Graduate Assistant—Collections

This position is to provide support to the museum Registrar assisting with routine department duties and special projects including but not limited to responding to internal and external requests and inquiries pertaining to the collections, assisting with collections-based projects, and general office tasks.

Read more about the position or contact Adriane Tafoya (

Reminder: A Multidisciplinary Systems Approach to Community Engagement

On October 28, the Office of Diversity and Engagement will continue their Community Engagement Seminar series with their final virtual session of the semester: A Multidisciplinary Systems Approach to Community Engagement.

This workshop will examine social, economic, and civil systems that frame community engagement efforts and explore how to work within these systems in a multidisciplinary manner to advance shared goals with community partners.

Session Details:

Thursday, October 28, 2021

2:00-3:00 PM

Zoom Registration Link

For more information, contact Nicole Bryant (

Funding Available through Global Catalyst Grants Program

The Center for Global Engagement offers several internal funding opportunities for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including the Institute of Agriculture, through the Global Catalyst Grants Program. The grants are intended to provide partial support that will help build Tennessee’s connections to international colleagues, institutional partners, and opportunities. They will interlink Tennessee with the world beyond US borders and support international activities on the UT campus. More information and deadlines can be found on the Center for Global Engagement’s grants website and at the links below:

Strategizing for Life after the PhD

Image of guest speaker Renã AS Robinson, PhD

Guest speaker Renã AS Robinson, PhD

All graduate students are encouraged to attend a special Graduate and Professional Student Professional Development (GPSPD) session titled “Strategizing for Life after the PhD” with guest speaker Renã AS Robinson, PhD, founder of Purposeful PhD. The session will take place over Zoom on October 29, 11:30-1:00 pm.

The primary objective of this interactive workshop is to provide guidance and tools for current and incoming graduate students to establish intentional practices to operate with purpose as they pursue their PhDs and to develop strategies early in their journey to plan for future careers after the degree. Upon completion of this workshop participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of the purpose of a PhD and expectations for graduate training.
  • Develop a mindset and productivity plan for maintaining high levels of performance until program completion.
  • Create a strategic plan to maximize benefits and resources during graduate training towards a successful career after the PhD.

A full session description and registration for the event can be found at

Dissertation Fellowships Available from Institute for Citizens and Scholars

The Institute for Citizens & Scholars, formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, has opened the competition for its 2022 Fellowship programs. These programs offer not only support for graduate student and faculty work, but also the opportunity to join a network of over 27,000 Fellows named since 1945-a select group with an impressive collective record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence.

The Institute offers the following fellowships for candidates completing dissertations:

The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in fields across the humanities and social sciences, the 2022 Newcombe Fellowships are available to Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates who expect to complete their dissertation between April and August 2023. Fellows receive $30,000 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing.

The competition deadline is November 15, 2021.
Questions may be directed to

The WW Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies (

These fellowships support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. Candidates should expect to complete their dissertation between March and August 2023. Fellows receive $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations, such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies.

The competition deadline is October 15, 2021.
Questions may be directed to