GradFUTURES Learning Cohorts

GradFUTURES Learning Cohorts (GLCs) are a series of interdisciplinary seminars and co-curricular learning opportunities that bring together students, alumni, faculty, and industry partners to focus on current societal, industry, and/or global trends. There are generally seven or more sessions (an hour or more in length) with optional pre-reading and reflection activities. While each learning cohort is unique, most offer an experiential component such as a site visit, shadowing opportunity, immersive project, or internship/fellowship.

Based on the success of previous years’ learning cohorts and graduate students' demand, the 2020-21 academic year line-up will include the Ethics of AI, American Higher Education, Venture Capital and Startups, and Drug Discovery & Pharma-- as well as the launch of four new cohorts focused on Inclusive Leadership, Science & Policy, Sustainability, and Data Science. 

Graduate students, please see our signature programs below and watch the weekly GradFUTURES newsletter for announcements of upcoming learning cohorts. Industry partners, for more information on how your organization can become involved, please reach out to

Learning Cohorts: 2019-2020

Learning Cohort Participants


Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020
  What is the potential of a PhD? How do Princeton PhDs thrive in various industries and sectors?

Built on success in the past five years, this year's "Leading with a PhD” conference, themed “The Change Makers,” invited graduate students to think with graduate alumni on how a PhD brings out their potential as future change-makers.

Saturday, Oct 19, 2019

This summer, the Graduate School embarked on a strategic planning process involving meetings with students and various University stakeholders to assess current professional development programs and resources across campus and to glean ideas that will make professional development an integral part...

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
Graduate students explore the ethics of artificial intelligence