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Graduate Student Resources

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Below, please find a wide-ranging list of graduate student resources related to careers, mental health, student organizations, academics, research, professional development, student employment, and more.

Office of Graduate Studies Services and Resources

Graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin are supported by a wide range of services and resources related to careers, events, mental health, student organizations, graduate student families, childcare, housing, wellness, and student employment. Learn more.

Resources for Graduate Student Parents

The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School recognizes that life events such as becoming a parent can interrupt a student's academic career. The Graduate School is committed to supporting our students. It is our commitment to work with sensitivity and imagination to ensure that all available arrangements are explored by advisers, academic staff, and departmental leaders. Learn more.

Adademics & Research

Milestones & Degree Planner

Doctoral students are required to review the degree plans for their program, along with information about specific degree requirements and estimated timelines to reach various benchmarks for the different degree plan specializations.

Government Degree Plan Requirements & Timeline to Degree

Note: Only a few items from this broad list of degree requirements will be required for a given Ph.D. program. Always check with your Graduate Adviser or Graduate Coordinator for the most complete description of degree requirements.

Graduate Portfolio Programs

Graduate portfolio programs provide opportunities for enrolled graduate students to obtain transcriptable credentials in cross-disciplinary academic areas of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree in a particular discipline. Portfolio programs are intended to promote cross-disciplinary scholarship and study by bringing together faculty and students from a variety of disciplines whose interests transcend boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. Learn more.

The Office of Research & Graduate Studies 

The Office of Research & Graduate Studies collaborates with Liberal Arts departments, centers, institutes, and the Graduate School to support initiatives that increase graduate student success and improve students’ work environment.

Research Data Services

Research Data Services supports university faculty, students, and staff across all disciplines in the management of research data. We work with partners across campus to connect researchers with the appropriate tools, resources, and expertise for dealing with data at every stage, from the earliest planning phase, through dissemination and archiving.

CoLA Research Support Office

The Research Support Office supports faculty, graduate students, and staff in the College of Liberal Arts. We encourage a culture of grant seeking in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

University and Related Research Resources

A list of research centers, institutes, associations, and projects here within the Government Department, across the University, and beyond.

Professional Development

Travel/Professional Development Awards

Professional Development Awards provide support for students to attend major professional meetings at which they present an original paper based on their research conducted at the University of Texas. The Graduate School allocates travel funds to each program at the beginning of each academic year.

DDCE Graduate Student Professional Development Awards

The purpose of this award is to support graduate students—whose work promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in various fields—present at scholarly recognized conferences, professional meetings, or trainings.

Graduate Student Development Program

The GSD Program is an initiative of the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School, and the Faculty Innovation Center. We support graduate students in preparing for intellectual leadership in future careers, in designing engaging learning experiences for their students, and in advancing an energetic culture of teaching and learning at UT. GSD provides opportunities to advance graduate students’ pedagogical, academic, and professional progress, including support for crafting a teaching statement; drafting a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement; and creating a teaching portfolio.

Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program

If you are employed by the university in a student academic or non-academic job, the Student Employee Excellence Development (SEED) Program is for you! The program is designed to provide you with opportunities to enhance your skill set, knowledge, and leadership potential so you can excel in the student workforce and in your future career.

Career & Campus Job Resources

Texas Career Engagement

Texas Career Engagement’s Graduate Career and Professional Development Team is dedicated to empowering graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to explore, connect, and build communities to pursue professional fulfillment in industry, academia, nonprofit, business, and government.

Graduate School Career Resources

The Graduate School has teamed up with university and external partners to provide and expand available career services and resources.


ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

Beyond the Professoriate

Empowering PhDs to build impactful careers & engaged lives, wherever smart people are needed. It is the only online professional development training platform of its kind for graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and PhDs that helps them successfully transition into academic or nonacademic career paths.

Internship Bulletin Board

The Texas Politics Project at The University of Texas at Austin provides this public web service for students seeking political and government internships, and for employers seeking to locate student interns.

The University Writing Center Graduate Admin Positions

Graduate students who are employed as consultants can apply for a graduate admin (gradmin) position. Find out more about becoming an Assistant Program Coordinator, Praxis Editor, Presentations Coordinator, or Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator.

Teaching Assistants

The Best Practices: Teaching Assistant Job Duties document highlights some of the common responsibilities and duties for graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs). Discuss this checklist thoroughly with your assigned instructor. Also, see the TA Handbook.

Graduate Student Campus Jobs Listserv

This is an opt-in listserv to help graduate students find campus employment, such as Teaching & Research Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships (on Handshake). Learn more and subscribe on UT Lists.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Department Activities

As a department that studies and teaches about politics, and that endeavors to prepare our students to live and work in an increasingly diverse and global society, questions of diversity, inequality, and marginalization pervade everything we do.

Campus Resources

The University of Texas at Austin provides a number of resources to support a positive campus climate and promote diversity.

Gender Inclusive Restrooms

A map of gender inclusive restrooms on campus. This page also includes a list of approximate locations on campus with building name, code, room number, type of bathroom, and address.

Workshops and Trainings

Across campus, the University of Texas offers information, consultation, and training to the University community with regard to diversity, inclusion, and organizational climate. We encourage Department of Government faculty, students, and staff to take advantage of these resources.

American Political Science Association Resources

The APSA strategic plan states that one of APSA’s overarching goals is to promote and encourage diversity and inclusion in the profession and to identify and aid students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds in the political science discipline. The following is a list of resources for advancing and promoting diversity and inclusion within the discipline.

Mental Health Resources

Counseling and Mental Health Center

A list of on and off campus mental health resources for UT students.

Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL)

Are you worried about a student in your class, bothered that your roommate has been acting differently, or concerned about the behavior of a co-worker? Do you have questions about COVID-19 and need support or resources? If so, contact the Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line at 512-232-5050 or submit your behavior concerns or COVID-19 questions online.

Resource Guide to Mental Health Services for Graduate Students

The university offers numerous resources to help students stay healthy and succeed in graduate school. This guide seeks to introduce graduate students to the mental health care and wellness providers on campus and offices that offer services, support and community.

Student Organizations

Government Department Student Organizations

We have a series of student-led groups that provide support for our graduate students during their time in the department, including Women in Political Science, Queer in Political Science, and Political Scientists of Color.

Graduate Student Organizations

The Student Activities division of the Office of the Dean of Students offers services and assistance to the 1,300 student organizations on campus, including those especially for graduate students.

Writing Services

The University Writing Center (UWC)

The University Writing Center provides free writing support for UT graduate students in all departments. The UWC's services include individual consultations, writing groups, events, presentations, and online resources.

Student Emergency Services

UT Outpost: Food Pantry & Career Closet

UT Outpost is the free on-campus food pantry and career closet for all currently enrolled students at UT Austin. Emergencies and financial hardships can affect students in and outside of class. UT Outpost is here to support students with healthy food and gently used professional clothing.

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