Unique Opportunities

  • Professional development and skill building workshops and seminars in a wide range of topics enable you to develop the particular skills and knowledge necessary for the career of your choice.
  • Networking with doctoral peers and faculty from disciplines across the campus gives unrivaled opportunities to connect and build your own network.
  • The Royster Global initiative allows fellows the opportunity to engage with other graduate students from across the world.

Professional Development

You will receive professional development workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of different topics. Some of those have included: presentation training, leadership skills, transferable skills for non-academic careers, best practices in teaching, online teaching, career options and job searches, and interviewing. Professional development opportunities are designed to help you grow during your academic career.

Hear from the Fellows: Professional Development


The Royster Society of Fellows offers multiple avenues for networking through informal activities and structured events. Fellows engage both with their peers as well as faculty and professionals across disciplines and industries.

Hear from the Fellows: Networking

Royster Global

Through the Royster Global initiative, members of the Royster Society of Fellows lead engagement with graduate education in an increasingly global academic community and professional marketplace. Royster Global aims to increase awareness and understanding of graduate education across international borders, and to help prepare doctoral students — at UNC-Chapel hill and beyond — for unprecedented global opportunities for research, networking, and employment. Most recently the Royster Global initiative transpired in a new podcast called PhD and Me: The Third Degree. This podcast is about the real-life experiences of PhD students walking the sometimes vexing but meaningful path towards the final (third) degree.