What We Do
PFTF is a yearlong fellowship that engages a cohort of 15 doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in the following activities:
1. Professional development
Fellows learn skills that are vital to future careers in academia such as how to find grants to support research or how to develop course curriculum. All fellows receive formal training in teaching methods and course design.
2. Engaging workshops, discussions, retreats and speaking events
Fellows gain access to top-level administrators and academic leaders throughout the university who share insider’s knowledge about a variety of topics. This insight often gives fellows the upper hand when starting their careers.
3. Collaborative cohorts
PFTF creates a collaborative environment where an interdisciplinary cohort of students can share details about a myriad of experiences that occur during their pursuit of a doctoral degree or postdoctoral training.
4. Leadership training
Fellows immerse themselves in leadership training through monthly meetings, classroom instruction and executing their academic service projects.
5. Impactful, student-driven academic service projects
Fellows create academic service projects that are centered on addressing needs identified within the graduate and postdoctoral community. This grassroots-driven approach to problem-solving real issues empowers the fellows and improves the graduate and postdoctoral community. Project results and outcomes are then presented at an end-of-year reception, which is open to all interested members of the university.
PFTF also provides a $3,000 stipend that can be used to support any aspect of a fellow's graduate or postdoctoral experience.
Make a gift to support a PFTF: