Life changing courses and retreats for researchers

    Gain the skills, knowledge, and support to thrive in your career


    Unlock Your Potential


    At the Thrive Institute for Professional Development, we are passionate about helping researchers and academics like you excel personally and professionally. Our signature programs, listed below, provide innovative solutions and personalized support to propel your research productivity, career growth, and overall success and wellbeing.

    Faculty Development Accelerator

    Discover key strategies for advancing your career with our transformative course for early career researchers. Through expert guidance, interactive sessions, and a supportive community, you'll gain the tools and strategies needed to boost productivity, balance your wellness, and achieve your goals. Don't miss this opportunity!

    Make it Happen Intensive

    Unlock the keys to graduate school and career success with our exclusive course designed for ambitious students who seek supportive community and mentorship. Gain a competitive edge in the job market by embracing this unparalleled opportunity to thrive academically and become a standout candidate for your dream job.

    Writing Well Retreat for Researchers

    Immerse yourself in a week long experience designed to reduce stress, elevate your writing practice, and nurture your overall well-being. Previous attendees have drafted and submited grants and publications and reset their wellness practices. Discover how this unique retreat can empower you to thrive in academia and beyond.

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    "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this mindset-shifting experience. It was beyond my expectations. I loved everything about it."

    Jin Kim, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Case Western University

    Attendee, Writing Well Retreat for Researchers - Costa Rica

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    “Answers to prayers” on how to navigate academia without losing my soul! This course was holistic in nature and provided the information and tools required to be successful in my tenure track Assistant Professor position.

    Dede Teteh, DrPH

    Assistant Professor, Chapman University

    Participant, Faculty Development Accelerator Fall 2021

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    "My experience was overwhelmingly positive! I am the first in my family to get a PhD... so the Faculty Development Accelerator was priceless in terms of laying out the hidden curriculum of what it actually takes to launch and sustain a productive faculty career. This experience filled in a lot of the gaps for me... I felt like the strategies were really geared towards accessible action steps and clear paths forward without burning out."

    Brie Reid, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University

    Participant, Faculty Development Accelerator Fall 2020

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    "In academia we are known to just produce and are not 'allowed' to pause, reflect and restart if necessary. This programme allowed me to pause for a few hours each week and reflect on my career and the work I am actually doing. I really do think that post PhD, people should not rush into a postdoc without having completed this programme. It is the onboarding programme supervisors and institutions fail to provide early career researchers."

    Milena Tekeste, PhD

    Assistant Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi

    Participant, Faculty Development Accelerator Spring 2022

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    "Thrive changed my life... The program was intrumental in helping me start my research lab and land my dream job."

    Ijeoma Opara, PhD

    Associate Professor, Yale University

    Participant, Faculty Development Accelerator Fall 2020

    Attendee, Writing Well Retreat for Researchers - Belize & DR

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    "My experience in participating in the Faculty Development Accelerator (FDA) was amazing! First, the FDA reinvigorated me because I was running out of steam after having had a successful and busy few years as a postdoctoral fellow, assistant professor, and being promoted to associate professor with tenure! Being in the FDA right after receiving tenure allowed me to reset, learn, and adapt strategies that can help me have a successful next few years. Second, I enjoyed meeting and networking with the other FDA participants ..."

    Donaldson Conserve, PhD

    Associate Professor, George Washington University

    Participant, Faculty Development Accelerator Fall 2021