UGrow began in August 2014 as an initiative led by Tim Watson (English Department) while on an internship in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. UGrow builds on a successful, ongoing series of events focused on alternatives to academic careers for graduate students, sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

An open meeting for humanities PhD students in September 2014 established the clear and strong interest of many graduate students in this initiative. This was confirmed by a survey of all University of Miami humanities PhD students in November 2014, which found that 78% were likely or certain to apply for yearlong internships in non-teaching positions if they were to be offered by the university.

In the spring semester of 2015, The Graduate School and the College of Arts & Sciences jointly supported a current PhD student, Brad Rittenhouse (English), to assist in developing the program.

In March 2015, the first call for applications was distributed to PhD students, with the expectation that our first cohort of UGrow Fellows will begin work in August 2015. An advisory committee of faculty will be appointed to select fellows, oversee internships, and help develop the program.

Thank you to all the people and units who have helped make UGrow a reality. If you would like to give in support of UGrow, please visit our Giving page.

If you have questions about UGrow, please contact Tim Watson: watsont@miami.edu.