The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is dedicated to creating a University-wide focus on graduate education and postdoctoral training by establishing good communication and working relationships with graduate schools, departments, and graduate students. We collaborate on efforts to develop intellectually-stimulating environments for research, teaching, and service and to recruit, mentor, retain, and graduate a talented and diverse community of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and research associates. We believe successful graduate and postdoctoral experiences rely on high-quality faculty, competitive financial support, and opportunities for professional and career development.
This office performs a number of interrelated tasks to enhance the experiences of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and research associates, including reviewing policies concerning graduate students or those with postdoctoral appointments; recommending changes to improve and enhance the graduate and postdoctoral experience; and serving as a single office to act as a clearinghouse for information and assistance. For postdoctoral fellows and research associates, it facilitates and acts as a liaison with the appropriate University offices. The office also provides assistance in dealing with post-doctoral administrative issues such as compensation, health insurance and benefits, visa and residency requirements, employment duration, professional development, research funding sources, and grievance resolution.
Diversity Programs works to identify, recruit, retain, mentor, and graduate a diverse graduate student body. In collaboration with other departments, schools, and organizations at the University, Graduate Student Diversity Programs provides services, resources, and guidance to establish a welcoming and supportive environment for an increasingly diverse graduate student population.
Graduate Career Services provides direct career services tailored to the needs of Master's student, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers at the University of Virginia. These services supplement the career planning and professional development programs offered by academic departments and other support services on Grounds. Our function includes streamlining resources, keeping abreast of current trends, and collaborating with faculty, employers, and professionals in higher education and in other sectors of the economy.