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2018-19 UGrow Fellows (left to right): Kerri-Leanne Taylor, Barry Williams, Koi James

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The UGrow program (Graduate Opportunities at Work) was established in 2015 to address the problem of providing professional training and preparation for humanities and social science PhD students interested in careers other than tenure-track faculty positions. After completing their PhDs, UGrow fellows have gone on to jobs at Georgia Tech (lab coordinator at the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center) and postdoctoral fellowships at UPenn (Council on Library and Information Resources fellow), FIU (also CLIR), and Georgia Tech (Brittain fellow in writing and communication), among other positions.

The program was developed by Tim Watson in the College of Arts & Sciences in partnership with The Graduate School at the University of Miami. Each year a group of graduate students gets the chance to pursue nine-month placements as UGrow Fellows in non-teaching units at the university or in off-campus organizations, in place of their regular teaching assistantship assignments. The placements provide training and experience in fields that will appeal to future employers both inside and outside academia, including librarianship and archive management; museum curation and collection development; university communications; university and nonprofit fundraising; data analysis and digital humanities; professional development and graduate program administration.

In 2016, for the first time, UGrow expanded off campus, in partnership with HistoryMiami Museum, offering a placement in museum collections research. On-campus partners include the University of Miami Libraries, the Graduate School, the Division of Continuing and International Education, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Center for Computational Science.


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2018-19 UGrow Fellows: solo photo: Maria Esquinca; group photo (left to right): Stephanie Lane Sutton, Lilianne Lugo Herrera, Alexandria Morgan, Ashley Hemm

News of the launch of the UGrow program can be found here.

The Modern Language Association covered UGrow on its Connected Academics web site in October 2015.

If you are interested in offering an internship that would be appropriate and valuable for PhD students in the humanities or social sciences, around 15 hours per week during the academic year, either on campus or off campus, please contact us at