Bringing expertise to you
Dal GradPD draws together the expertise of partners across the university, who create professional development exclusively for graduate students. From guidance on how to commercialize your research, to health and wellness support, to enhancing your writing, research and teaching skills, our partners put a focus on your PD needs.
Bissett Student Success Centre
Providing academic advising and career services, the Bissett Student Success Centre partners with different campus groups to hold career and leadership events throughout the year, including workshops, career fairs, and the annual Community Day.
Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)
As CIRTL members, Dalhousie faculty, staff and students can take advantage of free online professional development opportunities, and get access to resources, communities, and support. It is also a space for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to engage with peers across the network through centrally coordinated activities across various institutions.
Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT)
The Centre for Learning and Teaching offers programming for graduate students interested in pursuing careers in teaching, including its annual Teaching Assistant Professional Development days, the certificate in University Teaching and Learning, the Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning, workshops and discussion groups.
Dal Innovates provides opportunities for students to explore and experience innovation and entrepreneurship and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to translate new ideas into innovations, including the Lab2Market program. Dal Innovates supports four "sandboxes" hosted by different faculties that foster pathways to innovation and bring together multidisciplinary teams to creatively solve problems.
- ShiftKey Labs, hosted by the Faculty of Computer Science.
- idea Sandbox, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering.
- Cultiv8, hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture.
- SURGE, hosted by the Faculty of Science.
- Pulse, hosted by the Faculties of Health, Medicine and Dentistry.
Among the online workshops offered by Dalhousie Libraries are a series of Research Bootcamps tailored to graduate students to help develop skills in conducting online research, writing literature reviews, source citations and more.
The Dalhousie Libraries and other university departments and services also offer support and services on the research process lifecycle.
Dalhousie Studying for Success
The Studying for Success Program supports students on and off campus in all areas of study skills and tutoring. Virtual appointments can be made through Brightspace Collaborate, Microsoft Teams or over the phone.
Human Rights & Equity Services (HRES)
HRES provides trauma-informed, survivor-centered confidential advisory service to members of the Dalhousie community seeking advice & support related to human rights, discrimination, harassment, sexualized violence, equity & inclusion, accommodation & accessibility, and conflict.
Marine Environmental Observation Prediction & Response Network (MEOPAR)
Located in the Steele Ocean Sciences Building, MEOPAR funds research, trains students, mobilizes knowledge and forms partnerships in the area of marine risk and resilience. It regularly holds webinars and workshops open to graduate students from all fields.
Mitacs provides free professional skills development workshops covering topics such as time management, networking, entrepreneurship and presentation skills. Registration is done by creating an account through Mitacs' EDGE portal.
Selective workshops provided to the PhD students who are part of the OpenThink initiative will also be open to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. OpenThinkers receive communications training from experts at Dalhousie, the University of King's College, NATIONAL Public Relations and The Conversation Canada on handling media requests, pitching stories, writing op-eds and opinion pieces, and more.
Professional & Research Education Program (PREP)
PREP provides research and professional skills training for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members who are new to Dal or new to research, with the intention of helping these groups build their careers and conduct quality research in increasingly competitive environments.
Student Health & Wellness
Student Health & Wellness hosts events and workshops for students across Dalhousie, including a weekly drop-in group for grad students.
Studying for Success
The Studying for Success Program offers workshops hosted by its graduate student Study Skills Coaches to help you stay motivated, procrastinate less, improve your concentration and memorization skills and more.
The Writing Centre is a free service for students of all programs and levels who want to improve their writing skills. Seminars and events are offered throughout the year, and individual appointments are available for students looking for one-on-one help.
The centre also offers the Academic Integrity Module, a scenario-based online learning module designed to support your understanding of the expectations of academic integrity at Dalhousie. You may be automatically registered for the module through one of your courses but interested students can also self-register.