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Workshops, Retreats, and Write-Ins

The Graduate School Writing Center offers workshops to support graduate students as they communicate in a range of academic and professional situations. All workshops are open to enrolled University of Maryland graduate students free of charge. We also welcome suggestions for workshops and will design and provide programs for specific disciplinary needs upon request. Please contact Dr. Linda Macri, Director of Academic and Professional Development, with questions or suggestions.

The Fall 2022 Workshop Schedule is still in process!  Check back for new workshops -- or contact Dr. Macri with any suggestions for workshops you'd like us to run this fall. 

Literature Review Series

Academic Job Document Workshops

Fellowship Application Workshops 


Literature Review Series

In conjunction with Research Education at University Libraries, the GSWC will offer this series on understanding and developing the literature review.  A literature review documents the disciplinary conversation you are joining as you are embark on answering your own research questions. All sessions in this series will be held virtually. 

Understanding the Literature Review -- September 20, 12pm-1pm Register here 

New to research writing at the graduate level, or getting ready to write your first literature review? Not sure how to start the process of a literature review? Join us for this workshop to understand the fundamentals of a literature review.

Searching for Sources -- October 4, 12pm-1pm Register here

How do you run an efficient and effective search when looking for sources and citations for a literature review or other research project? Join us to learn about how to frame and conduct your search on databases and search engines, and get a brief introduction to citation managers.

How to Pick Your Citation Manager -- October 6, 12pm-1pm Register here 

Have you wanted to use citation management software but aren’t sure where to start? Then this is the workshop for you! This workshop will review options for citation managers here at UMD, how to download citation manager software, and open courses on citation management.

Reading and Note taking -- October 11, 12pm-1pm Register here 

You’ve collected your articles—now you have to read them! Join us to learn more about reading for writing, effective note taking, and writing brief summaries for literature review process.

Equitable Citation Practice -- October 25, 12pm-1pm Register here 

Journals are increasingly inviting diversity statements for articles; a collective statement published recently tells us bluntly, “It's simple: Cite Black Women” (Smith, Williams, Wadud, Pirtle, & Cite Black Women Collective 2021). Join us for this workshop to learn how to build a more equitable citation practice in your research, for your literature review and beyond.

Academic Job Document Workshops

The TLTC and the Graduate School Writing Center are offering a hybrid series to support students across disciplines who are applying for academic jobs this year. Please register for each portion of the series separately. 

Jump Start Your Academic Job Search:  Kick-off and Panel (In person) -- Thursday, September 15, 2:30-4:30, ESJ 0201 Register here 

In-person overview and a panel of faculty and recent alumni who will share their insights about the job search process. 

Teaching Philosophy Statement (virtual) -- Friday, September 16, 9:30-11:30  Register here 
Diversity Statement (virtual) -- Friday, September 16, 12:30-2:30 Register here 
Research Statements (virtual) --  Friday, September 23, 9:30-11:30  Register here
CVs and Cover Letters(virtual) -- Friday, September 23, 12:30-2:30  Register here 

Both online days will include synchronous virtual time for writing and reviewing job application documents.


Fellowship Application Workshops


Applying for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Series

The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is open to students across disciplines and is offered by many universities across the country, each with slightly different application procedures. 

Check out our Introduction to Applying for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship webinar (or just take a look at the slides). 

Writing a Research Statement for Fellowship Applications -- Wednesday, September 7, 12-1:30pm      Hybrid:  via zoom or in 2124 Lee  Register here

A research statement is a standard element of a fellowship application. In this workshop, we'll discuss how to write a research statement, with a particular focus on the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, though the ideas will apply to most applications. 

Writing the Educational Background Statement for the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program -- Monday, October 3, 12-1:30pm  Hybrid:  via zoom or in 2124 Lee Register here 

The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program requires a statement of educational background -- a unique document that asks applicants to combine a personal statement with a diversity statement. In this workshop, we'll look at some examples of successful statements and discuss writing an effective statement for your own PPF application. Registrants are invited to bring a draft of their statements to the workshop for development.

Applying for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Series 

The Ford Foundation Fellowships are available for predoctoral students (must have 3 years remaining in doctoral study), dissertating students (aimed at funding the final year of your doctoral work, as you complete  your dissertation), and postdoctoral research. 

Introduction to the Ford Foundation Fellowships – September 28 (virtual; register here) or September 29 (hybrid—join virtually or in 2124 Lee; register here), 3:00-4:30pm

We’ll start this workshop series with an introduction to the Ford Foundation Fellowships, addressing questions such as what do they fund, when should you apply, what’s involved in applying.  Please take a look at the website for the Ford Foundation Fellowships before the workshop.

Writing a Personal Statement for the Ford Foundation Fellowship – October 19, 3:00-4:30pm (virtual; register here)

In this workshop, we'll discuss writing the personal statement for the Ford Founation Fellowships.  We'll consider the requirements of the document and look at several successful examples. 

Writing the Proposed Plan of Study & Statement of Previous Research for the Ford Foundation Fellowship – November 8, 3:00-4:30pm (hybrid—join virtually or in 2124 Lee; register here)

In this workshop, we'll discuss writing the propsed plan of study and teh statement of previous research for the Ford Founation Fellowships. We'll consider the requirements of each document and look at several successful examples.

Grant Geographies -- Tuesday, September 27, 1-2pm Register here; Tuesday, October 4, 3-4pm  Register here  via zoom  

Join the Graduate School Writing Center and the Graduate School Office of Funding Opportunities to learn how to find and apply for grants and fellowships to support your dissertation research.

Applying for Fellowships & Awards

Tuesday, December 6, 3-4pm (via zoom) -- Register here 

Wednesday, December 7, 3-4pm (via zoom) -- Register here 

Tuesday, December 13, 10-11am hybrid -- via zoom or 2124 Lee -- Register here 

Join the Graduate School Writing Center and the Graduate School Office of Funding Opportunitiesto learn more about the Graduate School’s internal grants and awards. We’ll discuss the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship and the Summer Research Fellowships in detail and offer guidance on how to write an effective statement about your research.





Contact Information

Graduate School Writing Center

5100B McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742

Spring Drop-In Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-3:00pm

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