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Toolkits for Faculty and Staff

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The Graduate College recently updated our toolkits, which address crucial topics in graduate education. These toolkits connect faculty and programs to resources and strategies to support your work with graduate students from recruitment to graduation and beyond.

Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions Toolkit

Holistic review considers both quantitative data and qualitative indicators to obtain a full picture of each applicant’s attributes and potential to thrive as graduate student. This practice increases access to graduate education by students with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, and it can be a key contributor to admitting and supporting a diverse and vibrant student body.

This toolkit offers an actionable guide to these admissions practices. In the toolkit, you will find key questions to ask and actions to consider at each stage of the admissions process, including self-assessment, application design, selection, and more.

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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Graduate Education Toolkit

One key element in efforts to broaden participation in graduate education is a robust recruitment strategy. From building relationships with minority-serving institutions to reaching out directly to prospective students, there are a number of actions graduate programs can undertake to attract a diverse applicant pool. This toolkit outlines some of those actions and provides information about ways the Graduate College can support you in those efforts.

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Graduate Career Outcomes Toolkit

Career outcomes data is one important way to assess the impact of graduate education at the University of Illinois. Understanding what your students go on to do can help you align curricular and co-curricular opportunities with skills your graduates will need, tell your program’s story in new ways, build stronger connections with alumni, and show prospective students what the University of Illinois can do for them.

This toolkit connects you with sources of career outcomes data for alumni of graduate programs and offers suggestions for ways to use the data.

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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

We're getting ready to celebrate our 20,000+ graduate students October 25-29!

Celebrate with us! We've created a special Kudoboard to let our grad students know how amazing, talented, and wonderful they are. We invite you to post a message of GRADitude.

We also made some Zoom backgrounds, photos, gifs, videos, and decorations to help you celebrate graduate students in your unit. You'll find these and instructions for how to post to the Kudoboard in Box

Tag us on social media! We'd love to see how you’re celebrating #ILLINOISgsaw. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at grad@illinois.edu and, most of all, thank you for always supporting our graduate students. 

December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

The December Hooding Ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on December 11, 2021 in the Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The ceremony provides an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of doctoral degree recipients with their faculty mentors. Deadlines are approaching to order regalia and register. Please share information about the hooding ceremony with graduating doctoral students. See details about the ceremony.

2020-2021 Fellowship Competitions

The Graduate College is pleased to announce this year's schedule for our fellowship and grant competitions. On that webpage, you will find both the competition schedule (which includes nomination deadlines and the dates by which we anticipate announcing results) as well as a complete list of the fellowships and grants we offer. Our first competition of the year is the fall Travel Grant competition, the deadline for which is November 12.

Please also note a change in the eligibility criteria for our Graduate College Fellowship for Underrepresented Students (GCF).  In previous years, awardees of our Graduate College Master’s Fellowship (GCMF) have been ineligible for the GCF, but they are now eligible. If awarded the GCF, the student would receive two years of GCF funding, for a total of three years of support (one year of GCMF plus two years of GCF). 

If you have questions, contact Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships, at vickeryk@illinois.edu.


Additional Publications from the Graduate College


A weekly e-bulletin for graduate students


GradLIFE Blog
A behind-the-scenes look at the graduate experience


Biweekly job postings for graduate students


GradMENTOR is distributed monthly to graduate faculty and department contacts who work with graduate students. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in GradMENTOR, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.