The Office of Diversity Programs connects graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with employment, leadership, volunteer, and career opportunities.

Administrative Opportunities

UVA MOCHA (Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition) and WOCHA (Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition) Student Leadership Development Initiative 

The UVA Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) is seeking graduate student mentors for the undergraduate cohort of the MOCHA (Men of Color, Honor, and Ambition) and WOCHA (Women of Color, Honor, and Ambition) student leadership development initiative that will be launched this academic year. Graduate student mentors will receive $250.00 a semester for meeting cohort members at least twice a semester.  Meeting sessions can be held either via zoom or in-person.  Please contact, Joshua Epps at to sign-up to serve as a graduate mentor and to receive more information about MOCHA and WOCHA student leadership development initiative.

WahooWell Graduate Assistant (Student Assistant)

WahooWell in the Office of Health Promotion, Department of Student Health and Wellness, is a resource designed to provide health and well-being support for all students at the University of Virginia. The mission of WahooWell is to engage students in opportunities to explore their personal well-being, build personal empowerment and motivation, and access internal and external resources to enhance their overall well-being. WahooWell facilitators approach conversations about well-being with a focus on strengths, positivity, and equity.  WahooWell currently has a thriving one-on-one health and well-being coaching program addressing holistic well-being and focusing on topics that are meaningful to the college experience such as sleep, stress, social health, and substance use. Our one-on-one program provides preventative care and early intervention for college student health and well-being. We are expanding to provide well-being groups, online resources, and a variety of well-being supports beyond our one-on-one program.

The WahooWell graduate assistantship provides training and experience in developing initiatives and curriculum, facilitating well-being conversations with students both one-on-one and in groups, and conducting research. The WahooWell Graduate Assistant will work with senior WahooWell staff to design and implement new well-being initiatives, assist in groups, and work towards coaching a personal caseload of students. This position begins at the beginning of the Fall 2022 term. 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Work with professional staff to design well-being initiatives 
  • Investigate innovative well-being programming
  • Collaborate across Grounds and elicit feedback from referral partners and students
  • After a period of training, lead one-on-one WahooWell sessions
  • Assist in design, coordination, and implementation of WahooWell group sessions including co-leading sessions
  • Assist in the development and implementation of quantitative and qualitative assessment of groups programming
  • Participate in regular meetings with professional and student staff
  • Coordinate and curate online and printed well-being resources for students such as our current Well-being Guides and Well-being Workbook

To Apply:  Student Opportunities - Workday (

Inclusive Excellence Fellow (Graduate Student Position, Grant writing Focus)

This position is Inclusive Excellence Fellow (grant-writing focus) in the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Duties will include:

  • Assist with literature review for grant proposals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including but not limited to STEM-focused initiatives.
  • Research and illustrate available data as required by funding agencies.
  • Compose and revise sections of the proposals, possibly including project descriptions, logic models, evaluation plans, and budget justifications.
  • Track progress on grant proposal components and maintain schedule to complete tasks before the internal deadline.
  • Communicate with UVA colleagues to request information needed to complete the proposals.

​Salary: $14/hour

For more information about this position, please visit to apply for this position online via Handshake.

Volunteer Opportunities

UVA Postdoctoral Association - Diversity and Outreach Committee

Dear Fellow UVA Postdocs,

The UVA Postdoc Association is creating a plan to actively support the Black Lives Matter movement and other marginalized or oppressed communities in the Greater Charlottesville Area (GCA). As scientists and educators, we feel there is a responsibility for us to re-educate ourselves on issues of racism and suppression, particularly in our community and areas of study. We also believe we have a valuable opportunity to serve our community by organizing scientific outreach and education activities. These will ideally be open to people from all walks of life, but in the current era there must also be an explicit focus to uplift marginalized communities. Therefore, the UVA Postdoc Association is forming a Diversity and Community Outreach Committee.

We are seeking fellow postdocs that want to join us and take a leadership role in shaping the direction and goals of this committee. This will include organizing activities and developing resources to enhance our presence in the GCA and empower other postdocs to be a positive force. For more information about our work please visit . Please let us know if you are interested in joining us contacting We are organizing an orientation meeting for those interested.


Megan Sayyad, Megan Evans, Billy Nash & Pim Oome

Professional Development Opportunities

10th Annual BDN National Conference

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is soliciting interest from UVA doctoral students to participate in the 10th Annual Black Doctoral Network National Conference October 27-29, 2022 in Atlanta, GA. The Black Doctoral Network (BDN) is a clearinghouse for individuals of African descent who are holders of scholars engaged in the pursuit of doctoral degrees. Encouraging intellectual curiosity and transformative research, the Black Doctoral Network is a bridge leader, creating paths between scholars, disciplines, and academic universities all while serving as an invaluable connection between higher education and the community at large. To learn more information about the Black Doctoral Network and opportunities offered to doctoral scholars at the BDN National Conference, we invite you to view the 2022 conference agenda.

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs will sponsor up to four doctoral students to participate in the 10th Annual Black Doctoral Network National Conference and cover all registration, transportation, lodging, and food expenses related to the conference. Should this endeavor be of interest, we encourage you to submit an online form to confirm your interest to share how participation at the BDN National Conference would be impactful and enhance your doctoral studies and overall experience at UVA. We will review all entries and make selections in early October.

Online form submissions will be available through Friday, September 30, 2022. Should you have any questions or need assistance feel free to contact us at 

PhD Plus Program Fall 2022 Skills Series Schedule

Early years: PhD students in years 1 & 2 

GRFP Writing Retreats 

2-5 PM, Aug 25, Sep 2, Sep 16, & Sep 23 | Format TBD based on registrants’ preferences 

These sessions create a quiet place to work on your GRFP or other fellowship application materials, with social support of working alongside peers.  


Foundations Series 

3:30-5 PM, Wednesdays, Aug 31-Sep 28, In person | Registration 

Navigate transitions to PhD training, discuss topics related to holistic development, gain skills critical to academic & professional success, and meet peers across Grounds 

Topics: Unpacking “the Hidden Curriculum” & Setting Your Goals | | Project Management | | Finding Mentors & Cultivating Your Professional Relationships | Time Management | Building Resilience & Leveraging Strengths 

Data Literacy: Managing Your Research Data 

3:30-5 PM, Monday, Aug 29, virtual | Registration 

Using real-life examples of tabular (spreadsheet) data, this interactive workshop will cover: Recommended approaches to data organization, versioning, documentation, and storage; “Tidy data” practices to enable efficient data entry, preparation, and analysis; UVA research data support services and resources. 


 Middle years: PhD students in years 2-4 


Career Design 

Thursdays in September, 3:30-5 PM, virtual | Details | Registration 

PhD Plus Career Design core module helps students identify their core values and interests, explore diverse careers pathways and practice professional development strategies. 

Topics: Connecting Life & Work | Research Self & Careers | Community for Career Development | Skills Valued in Diverse Careers | Goals & Plans 

* Important Update: Completing Career Design will be required to participate in the 2023-2024 PhD+ internship cycle. 

***GSCI 8500- 003, PhD Plus Career Design is also adapted to a 1-credit course for PhD students in life sciences (STEM broadly) for the Fall 2022 semester.  

Data Literacy: Intro to Python 

Flipped classroom & virtual office hours on Tuesdays, 4-5:30 PM, Sep 20-Oct 18 | Registration 

Topics: Introduction to Python | Data types, data input and output, and organizing codes | Data analysis and visualization 


Thursdays, 3:30-5 PM, Oct 6-Nov 10, in person | Registration 

PhD Plus Consulting is designed to introduce consulting careers by focusing on management consulting, storytelling, networking, data analytics, and case interview strategies.  

Selected topics: Consulting 101 | Communicating like a Consultant | Telling Your “Why Consulting” Story | 8 case interview practices 

Innovation Series 

Mondays, Sep 12-26 & Oct 17-Nov 14, 4-5.30 PM, virtual | Registration 

The purpose of the Innovation Series is to foster a more innovative and entrepreneurial mindset by introducing participants to and engaging them with the challenges faced by innovators and entrepreneurs.  

Topics:  Q'est queue c'est, "Innovation" | Think Different | Talking to Humans | Weird Science | May the Force be with You | Models and Rockstars | What's it Worth to You? | Panel of Experts  


Advanced years: PhD students in years 5+ 

Future Faculty 

Late Aug to end of Sep, virtual | Registration 

This module is designed for PhD candidates and Postdoctoral Scholars in advanced years of training who are interested in faculty careers within the United States. This year’s offering consists of virtual workshops, panel discussions, asynchronous videos for reflections and specific job application materials, and feedback sessions.  

All synchronous sessions will be held over Zoom. If not marked by disciplines, the session is open to all disciplinary backgrounds. For detailed schedules by broad disciplines and individual session descriptions, please visit 


Omni Technology Alliance Internship Program

The DOE Omni Technology Alliance Internship Program provides paid 10-week summer internships for up to three consecutive summers for talented undergraduate and graduate students in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and other related fields. Interns will hold appointments at DOE national laboratories, Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs), plants, DOE Headquarters, and other approved sites. Interns will receive hands-on experience in an immersive environment that provides them with an understanding of the mission, operations, and culture of DOE. Moreover, interns will be mentored by leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to address cybersecurity and information technology challenges while gaining valuable, real-world experience to complement their education and open opportunities for careers within the federal government. For more information, click here:


Teaching & Research Opportunities

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