Graduate Student Council
Graduate Student Council

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The DivJ Graduate Student Council is dedicated to providing academic space, resources, and programming for graduate students. We hope you can connect with us so you can become a part of this supportive scholarly community!

Get Involved

Leadership Positions
Graduate Student Council leadership applications are typically sent out annually in mid-February. We communicate the positions through the AERA grad student listserv as well as on our social media accounts.

If you’re looking for additional ways to get engaged with the DivJ Graduate Student Council, follow us on Twitter @AERADivJGradNet or email us at to get in touch!

Slack Channel
Join our Slack workspace by filling out this contact form.


The Division J Graduate Student Council seeks to support graduate students in their academic journey. The following resources are available for members:

Funding & Awards

Graduate Student Travel Grants
AERA Division J and the AERA Division J Graduate Student Council are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of $400 graduate student travel awards. Students must be current AERA Division J members and must be presenting in-person (place-based) at the AERA Annual Meeting to be considered for an award. 

Applications for the 2024 AERA Annual Meeting Travel Grant has closed. Check back for next year's application.

AERA annually selects an Outstanding Dissertation Award winner. For more information about the award, please go to the Division Awards section.

Virtual Writing Sessions

Since April 2020, the DivJ Grad Reps have been holding weekly virtual writing sessions. They have turned into a sustained and supportive scholarly community made up of grad students from all over the United States and Canada. 

For more information about virtual writing sessions, please check our Slack workspace or email

Doctoral Mentoring Program

The Div J GSC is launching year two of the graduate peer mentoring program for doctoral students. The Doctoral Mentoring Program offers a supportive transition experience for first- and second-year doctoral students by pairing them with upper-level doctoral students who can help unlock the hidden curriculum of academia. We hope this mentoring program engages students’ resource-sharing, constructive feedback, and community that positions students for a successful doctoral journey. 

The program structure for mentors/mentees includes 1 (one) meeting between September and December, 1 (one) meeting between January and April, and an in-person meet-up at the 2023 AERA annual conference. 

To apply as a Mentor or Mentee, please sign up here

If you are interested in participating, please apply by Monday, October 3, 2022. Space in this program is limited and contingent on the number of mentors that sign up. Participants will be selected based on need and research interest matches.


#DivJChat is an initiative meant to foster conversation about a hot-topic in higher education amongst the Division J community. #DivJChat leverages Twitter’s open and engaging platform and insights from renowned scholars who are invited as guest facilitators to provide access and visibility to important conversations that are influencing higher education. Typically we host 2-4 DivJ chats throughout the academic year. 

Have an idea for #DivJChat? Share it with us! 

Graduate Student Leadership

Division J graduate representatives and the member-at-large are dedicated to serving Division J graduate students and representing Division J within the larger AERA organization. They are committed to social justice, equity, and inclusion and aim to strengthen opportunities and experiences for all graduate students, particularly those historically underserved by current social systems.

Co-Graduate Council Student Representative (2023-2025)
Gabrielle Haggins
Florida State University

Co-Graduate Council Student Representative (2024-2026)
Gaurav Harshe
University of South Carolina

Graduate Student At-Large Representative (2024-2025)
Brittney Pemberton
University of Wisconsin-Madison