Valuing Graduate Students

Penn has a long-standing commitment to graduate and professional student education. This website offers convenient access to the many benefits provided. New initiatives, programs, support systems, and opportunities will be added as they are developed. Explore these benefits below.

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Graduate Student Life

Penn has developed many initiatives to support a vibrant graduate student community and enhance work-life balance for graduate students.

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The President’s PhD Initiative

Announced in Fall 2020, the President’s PhD Initiative is a 6-year, $30M initiative to support doctoral education at Penn.

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New Initiatives

Learn about projects on the horizon that will positively impact graduate and professional students at Penn.

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PhD Student Support

The University continually advances doctoral student life and education. Learn about support for students and students with families.

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Career Preparation

Career preparation can start as soon as you begin your graduate degree, and will continue throughout your time at Penn. There are many offices at Penn that can help you to build career-relevant skills and explore different career pathways.

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Support for PhD Students with Children

Penn provides significant support for doctoral students with families. In the words of Provost Vincent Price: "You do not have to choose between having a family and pursuing an academic career."

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