Useful Links

The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese has long served as a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and innovative dissertation projects. But there are a lot of moving parts to a graduate program, especially in a large, research university.

Our resources tab includes links to academic centers and research guides from the library. For information on fellowships and research support, please click here.

Here are some additional resources to help graduate students navigate the program:

Life in Charlottesville

Aquatic, Fitness, and Intramurals (free to UVa graduate students)

Charlottesville Transit Map: a guide to the bus and trolley system

Charlottesville Trail Runners: for the brave

Champion Brewery Wednesday Run: for the less brave

City of Charlottesville Parks Guide

Camping & Hiking Guide (Shenandoah Valley)

Graduate Guide: information on life in Charlottesvile, public schools, restaurants, health services, and academic resources, from the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs

International Studies Office: resources for international students

Lorna Sundberg International Center: social and cultural events and resources for international students

First Fridays: live music, local food, and art galleries free and open to the public, on the first Friday of the month

Final Fridays: music and conversation at UVa's Art Gallery, on the final Friday of the month

Professional Development a partnership between TIAA-Cref (education investment/retirement fund) and LinkedIn

Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity Programs: mentorship, fellowship opportunities for research and career development, and events across campus

Handshake: learn about career options, apply for jobs, and schedule an appointment with Sonali Majumdar (Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs)

Help with Teaching: the Center for Teaching Excellence supports your development as a teacher

Help with Teaching from the MLA: resources for teaching writing, research, and citations

Help with Teaching Students About Digital Sources and Material Cultures: lesson plan from the MLA about museum visits, artifactual analysis, and digital sources. (Click here to schedule at a classroom visit to the Fralin Museum of Art)

Helping Students to Ask Good Questions: classroom advice from Kyla Wazana Tompkins and students in Gender & Women's Studies at Pomona College

Imagine PhD: career-planning tool for #alt-ac searchers

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs: key resources related to graduate teaching and research

PhD Plus Initiative: events, online resources, and professional development training and experiential opportunities in all stages of graduate school

Professional Development Documents: online tools and resources from OGPA

Research Communication Training Program: six-session workshop on presenting your research to people outside of your field

Scholars' Lab: shadowing, mock interviews, and more resources (particularly for #alt-ac job searches)

SIP Jobs: a joinable site on collab. Log in, search joinable sites, and download useful resources

Three Minute Thesis: an excellent way to distill your dissertation project to its essence, and explain it to people outside of your field

The Futures Initiative: grants and guidelines on non-hierarchical learning structures, teaching with technology, and education advocacy (CUNY/HASTAC)


"A Radical Idea About Adjuncting": Annemarie Pérez on finding support while searching for a tenure-track job

Aquatic, Fitness, and Intramurals (free to UVa graduate students)

Back to School Beatitudes: 10 tips on managing work, stress, and life in graduate school, from the Crunk Feminist Collective

CAPS: counseling services (on campus)

Contemplative Sciences Center (free classes in yoga, meditation, stress management)

"Dear Fellow Graduate Student": thoughtful reflections on lessons learned from @danicasavonick

Funny cartoons about research: from our friends at XKCD

How to Ignore Bad Advice: tips from Ravynn Stringfield of Black Girl Does Grad School (PhD student in American Studies, William & Mary)

Radical Self-Care: good advice from Kerry Ann Rockquemore of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (in Inside HigherEd)

Women's Center: counseling and resources for work-life balance