Graduate Research Excellence At Tufts (GREAT)

COVID-19 Update

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) and the Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts (GREAT) programs are currently postponed. We are evaluating options to deliver these vital programs later in the year. 

We also recognize that the current academic situation relies heavily on online interaction, and creates new training needs for our graduate students. We are working to address these needs and will be sending out communications to our community shortly. 

A new call for applications will go out once new arrangements are made. If you have already applied to GIFT or GREAT, your application will be retained and you do not need to re-apply. In the interim, please email with any questions. 


The Graduate Research Excellence at Tufts (GREAT) program is a two and a half week summer program that aims to cultivate outstanding graduate researchers at Tufts. Leveraging interactive pedagogy and a supportive interdisciplinary environment, it enables intermediate graduate students to acquire skills in research, communication and computation to excel in their Ph.D. and career. GREAT is one of two signature professional programs of GSAS, complementing the Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT) program. 

Who should apply?

GREAT is primarily intended for early-stage doctoral students (years 1-3) who are ready to embark on research or have already begun to conduct research with an advisor. Students should apply together with a faculty member who will act as a discipline specific mentor for the GREAT program; this faculty member can (but need not be) the student's primary advisor.

When will it happen?

The program will run from May 18—June 5, 2020 from 9-12:30 each day on the Medford campus to leave time in the afternoons for participants to conduct their regular research and meet with their mentor.

What will I learn?
Upon completion of the program, GREAT fellows will be able to:

  1. Design and manage the lifecycle of a research project from generating creative ideas, using literature to motivate their research, formulating new research questions, obtaining necessary evidence to answer them, and managing progress.
  2. Write a research statement outlining their research goals and roadmap.
  3. Communicate their work and progress effectively to a general graduate student level audience.
  4. Use common tools for Data Analytics, i.e. Python and Jupyter (and associated packages) as well as discipline-specific tools to work with their own datasets.
  5. Leverage their research community to acquire further tools and knowledge necessary to advance their project.
  6. Give, receive and act on feedback in a structured and collegiate fashion.

How do I apply? 
Complete the GREAT 2020 online application form

The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020. 

Additional Benefits
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences doctoral students selected for the GREAT program do not pay any tuition and receive a taxable stipend of $500.00 for participation. 

Further Information
Questions about GREAT can be directed to