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It is vital that graduate students are healthy and well. The Graduate School is launching a new Graduate Student Wellness Initiative in Fall 2020. Teams are in place to work with departments across the university to support students with their academic and career goals, wellness, mentoring, and access to basic needs.

Feel free to watch the wellbeing introduction video created by the Graduate Student Wellness Club.

A $500 fellowship is available for graduate student wellness champions who will advocate and organize well-being events in their departments. This fellowship is to support the student for organizational work during the academic year. If you are interested, please read the position description (PDF).

Support for Basic Needs

Basic needs such as food, shelter, and childcare are necessary for graduate student wellbeing.

Graduate Finances

GradSense: Council of Graduate Schools' financial and career planning.

Health Care Options

The Graduate School provides this list of healthcare options to help you decide which is the right choice for you. View the Healthcare Options webpage or download the PDF of the Healthcare Options chart (PDF).

Bounty of the Bridgers Food Pantry

The Bounty of the Bridgers Campus Food Pantry is a student-driven initiative to combat food waste and food insecurity on the MSU campus for students, faculty, and staff. Supplemental and emergency food assistance is offered to to any student, faculty, or staff in need!

Gallatin Valley Food Bank

The Gallatin Valley Food Bank provides food support for local families.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP provides a monthly supplement for purchasing nutritious food. SNAP recipients use EBT cards, like debit cards, to purchase food in authorized stores.

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC offers healthy food, breastfeeding support, nutrition tips, and connection to community resources for parents and caregivers.

Food scholarships

The Graduate School supports the Bounty of the Bridger's Food Scholarship, designed to provide money towards on-campus dining. For more information on Food Scholarships or Bounty of the Bridgers, please contact bobpantry@montana.edu

Affordable housing

The Off-Campus Housing Marketplace is a free to use tool and is designed to help students find housing off-campus.


The CrashPad is a place to catch any student without a place to sleep at night. This service uses reserved spaces in the Montana State University Family & Graduate Housing facilities to temporarily house students that are currently without a safe, secure, and sustainable place to stay the night.

HRDC Bozeman

HRDC can help with a wide range of needs such as housing assistance, unemployment, utility costs, and childcare.

VOICE Center

The VOICE Center provides information and support to anyone impacted by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, stalking and interpersonal violence. It also provides free walk-in counseling hours available to anyone impacted by interpersonal violence.

Scholarships for the Fall 2020 semester

If you have a child (or children) and are incurring childcare costs, please consider applying for a childcare assistance graduate scholarship. Degree-seeking graduate students are eligible to apply for this $500 Fall 2020 scholarship. Only one parent in a family can apply.

The application form will ask you to write a short statement, describing your childcare needs and adding any information that may be relevant to your application (less than 250 words). The application will also ask you to  upload a copy of a recent childcare receipt, ideally showing your name and your dependent's name(s).

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wed 14 Oct. We anticipate that a 2nd round of scholarships will also be available for Spring 2021 and will require re-applying.

Family and childcare resources

Graduate assistants who need to have flexible working hours should contact their supervisor

Physical & Mental Wellbeing

Encourage positive behavior: eat, sleep, recreational interests

Recreational Sports & Fitness

Recreational Sports & Fitness includes the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center, group exercise, personal fitness, massage, and club sports.

ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program

The ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program uses the outdoors to engage with future leaders. It hosts trips, clinics, and courses as well as a climbing wall and rental shop.

University Health Partners

University Health Partners provides health services to students, regardless of insurance, if they have paid the student health fee. They can provide primary health care (including walk-in acute care, x-ray, clinical laboratory, and pharmacy services) and dental services as well as specialized services to students, including services related to nutrition, sexual health, drug/alcohol concerns.

Counseling & Psychological Services

Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS) provides free and confidential counseling services to students who may be struggling with a range of concerns, from those who are in distress and struggling to those who wish to gain support and prevent concerns from developing into more serious problems.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Community & Mentoring

Information on academic, career, and pscyhosocial support. Encourage, build, and train - mentoring networks within departments. Include faculty, staff and students.

Mentoring Training: Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring 102: For Research Mentors of Undergraduate Students: is a series of online, self-paced modules designed to help graduate students become effective research mentors of undergraduates.

Students who identify as one of the ethnic identities that is not well represented at our university can experience extra challenges; including feelings of being one of just a few students at a predominantly white university, feelings of being somewhat different, etc.  In addition to the challenges of starting as a graduate student.

The Graduate School offers incoming, underrepresented students a peer connection/mentor that they can talk with before they arrive and as the semester starts. If you are interested in obtaining such a mentor or serving as a mentor, please contact craig.ogilvie@montana.edu.

The Graduate School and the Center for Faculty Excellence has partnered with the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) to help improve and support research mentoring relationships at MSU. Training will begin in the next academic year 20-21.

Career Fulfillment

Here are tools to help you push your career and professional development further and find fulfillment in what you do.

GradCat 360

GradCat 360 is a professional development program to help you find opportunities to grow holistically.

Individual Development Plans (IDP)

Thanks to Rutgers for the compilation.

Academic 360.com
For those seeking positions in academic institutions in North America, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Search the Human Resources websites of more than 2,400 colleges and universities geographically or alphabetically.

Academic Careers Online (ACO)
Contains worldwide job listings in universities, community colleges, and research institutes.

Academic Employment Network
Postings of academic positions, including teaching, school administration, and other jobs in higher education

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
Includes job listings as well as general information and links to sites about careers in anthropology.

Chronicle of Higher Education Career: Careers
Contains job listings, e-mail alert services, job search articles, a discussion forum, and useful links.

Higher Ed Jobs.com
Job database focused on college and university positions.

H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online
Provides job listing in the humanities, social sciences, and communications.

How to Secure a Postdoc Position
Information from the University of Washington Career Center on working as a postdoctoral fellow.

The National Academies
Contains job listings in engineering, science, medicine, and social science.

Contains career information and job postings for math, science, and engineering students.

Contains discussion boards, links, and articles for graduate students working on dissertations.

Physics World
Lists jobs as well as company profiles.

The Riley Guide
As a compendium of sites that covers the entire career development process, the Riley Guide is a great place to start your career information search on the internet. The A-Z index on the home page can be used to get specialized job listings or career topics.

Science Careers
Contains job openings, job fair announcements and career management articles.

Thanks to Rutgers for the compilation.

Every Ph.D. Needs a Plan B
Article available at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Postdocs in Industry
ScienceCareers article discussing postdocs in the industry for scientists

New York Academy Science Alliance
Provides career-related information including career path videos of individuals working outside academia

Preparing for a Career in Industrial Research
Helpful article available at ScienceCareers

Blog by PhD reviewing options for those seeking opportunities beyond academic research

American Mathematical Society website - advice and resources on academic and non-academic careers

*Note this American Chemistry Society portal for career counselors has a helpful overview of biotech/pharma and green careers

Presidential Management Fellowship
A 2-year, full-time position providing leadership training designed by the U.S. government to attract outstanding graduate students (master's and doctoral level) from ANY ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE to various positions in most federal agencies. It is a great way to advance quickly to a high-ranking permanent position in the federal government. 

USA Jobs
The site for federal government job vacancy announcements maintained by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management.

Go Government
Resources for students about federal government opportunities from the Partnership for Public Service