Milestones and Pathways is a Faculty of Arts & Science initiative supported by the School of Graduate Studies Innovation Fund. The initiative aims to support graduate students as they progress through their studies and prepare for their careers.
- Milestones activities help students reach key benchmarks in their graduate training, including passing departmental examinations and writing dissertations.
- Pathways activities provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in careers within and outside the academy. These events may include alumni networking opportunities and professional development workshops.
In addition to unit-level activities funded through Milestones and Pathways, we are offering the following activities to graduate students from units in the Faculty of Arts & Science:
- Milestones and Pathways Write-on-Site Initiative
A series of coordinated writing events throughout the term for graduate students working on their dissertations. These events include day-long writing camps, as well as weekly writing groups.
- Exploring Careers Off the Tenure Track
A day-long workshop and information session for doctoral candidates considering careers beyond tenure-track academic positions. Over the course of the day, participants will explore the multiple career options available to PhDs outside the traditional academic job market through reviews of current labour market research and small group discussions with recent Arts & Science doctoral alumni who have found rewarding and stimulating careers outside academia.
If you have any questions about the Milestones and Pathways program or developing an activity within your unit, please contact Joel Rodgers, Milestones and Pathways Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Sharon Kelly, Research & Graduate Academic Planning Coordinator (email@example.com).
Proposing a Milestones and Pathways Activity
We invite proposals for unit-led activities through the Milestones and Pathways program. Units in the Faculty of Arts & Science may request funding support between min. $1,000 and max. $5,000 for each proposed activity. Proposals may be developed and submitted by faculty members, staff, or graduate students (with a faculty or staff sponsor). Proposals must be submitted through a primary academic department or unit, but it is also possible to propose activities across cognate units or departments. We accept and review proposals monthly. There is no deadline for funding, but please allow five weeks from the time of submission for the committee to review and reach a decision about the funding request.
- Download the MP Funding Request for Unit-Led Activities (MS Word Document)
- Submit your request here. (A copy of your application will be sent to the primary contact person identified on the form, as well as the graduate director or chair of the affiliated unit.)
Your application and proposal must provide the following information:
- the primary unit/department submitting the request for funding support;
- a contact person and their email address (e.g. someone who can be contacted, if needed, for further information about the proposed activity);
- a brief title, description, and rationale for the proposed activity;
- the number of graduate students who will be participating in the activity;
- the total amount of funding requested, including a budget outlining how the funds will be spent.
We encourage you to discuss your preliminary ideas with us. Below we have also provided a set of general toolkits for developing Milestones and Pathways activities, as well as brief descriptions of successful proposals for unit-led activities. In addition, Dr Daniel Aureliano Newman is available to develop and run an assortment of writing-based activities in your unit (see below).