In addition to taking coursework and undertaking substantive research projects, the faculty expect that graduate students in the MA and PhD programs will pursue professionalization activities. Such activities help prepare our students for their future careers, whether they choose to pursue a traditional tenure-track position in academia or a position in government or industry.

Below are some resources on activities such as professional conventions and conferences, workshops, and professionalization resources available through the University of Georgia community, as well as select, reputable outside resources.

Conferences & Calls for Papers

Attending conferences as a graduate student is an important way to hone your skills as a public speaker, learn about other scholars’ research, and meet colleagues in your field. Funding through the Graduate School may be applied for; for more information, see here.

The American Political Science Association has a list of conferences in the profession here.

APSA has also put together a helpful guide for first-time graduate student attendees here.

Other commonly attended conferences include:

The International Studies Association national convention and regional conferences

The Georgia Political Science Conference


The Departments of Political Science and International Affairs routinely put on workshops and seminars designed to help graduate students navigate complex, relevant topics like mental health, productivity, and the job market. Current workshops will be listed below.

Campus Resources

There are numerous programs at the University of Georgia designed to help you enhance your professional development during your graduate career.

One such program is the Future Faculty Fellows Program. Several of our Ph.D. students have participated in this yearlong professional development program, which focuses on preparing students for the academic job market and their role as future tenure-track faculty.

The Center for Teaching and Learning also sponsors a variety of professional development workshops for graduate students on topics including instructional design, creating a teaching portfolio, and other topics of interest. See the full listing here.

SPIA also has our own Reference Librarian who specializes in International Affairs, Political Science, and Public Administration and is happy to consult with graduate students on research resources.

The Graduate School offers several resources for grad students, including free poster printing for conference presentations and several academic and interdisciplinary certificates. For more details, visit their website here.

Outside Resources

UGA graduate students have free access to Versatile PhD, which is particularly targeted at PhDs seeking alt-ac or non-academic career positions. Students may login through the UGA Career Center’s website to access Versatile PhD.

The American Political Science Association maintains a list of career resources for graduate students and political science PhDs, including sample job candidate questions and non-academic career exploration.

The Chronicle of Higher Education maintains a Career Network with job listings, information, and advice on careers both within and outside of academia.