Here is a list of resources which may be useful to the Graduate Student community. The list is maintained by the Graduate Resources Committee and frequently updated. If you know of a resource that you do not see here which you think might be useful, please contact the Graduate Resource Committee Chair to have it added!
US Fulbright Program
International research OR English teaching assistantships
Varies, but covers most expenses
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
International dissertation research in non-English languages; must be outside Western Europe
$15,000 to $60,000
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Support for a year of dissertation research & writing in the humanities or social sciences
$25,000 stipend, $3000 research costs, $5,000 university fees
Getty Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Fellowships for arts Ph.D. students using the Getty collections
Academic year residency, plus variable stipend
Huntington Library Fellowship
Doctoral candidates wishing to use the library’s holdings for several months or a full-year residency
2,500 to $5,000 per month for short residencies; up to $50,000 for year-long residency
SSRC International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
Social sciences and humanities graduate students doing international fieldwork
Doctoral research in France for 9 months
$1400 euro a month, round-trip airfare to france
Camargo Foundation Fellowship
Residential fellowship in France for Francophone research OR creative/artistic work (need not be Francophone)
Complete residential fellowship, plus small stipend
Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Humanities Program
Humanities & arts in New York City; Research library travel; & Venetian studies
Rolling throughout year
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
(NOTE: award may be suspended due to fed. budget cuts)
Funding for the first year of grad study in arts, humanities, or social sciences
Varies, but includes tuition and a small stipend
Josephine De Karman Fellowship
Graduate students in final year of study
Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund
Grad school fellowships, independent research; also publications, if they concern Armenian studies
Tuition and $18,000 stipend
Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship
Grad students with certain arts bachelors’ eligible for 1 year grad school funding
$20,000 or $9,000 (two available in theatre)
Helen Krich Chinoy Dissertation Research Fellowships
Offered to ASTR members to help defray costs of research travel
JOB POSTING SITES
Chronicle of Higher Education:
ASTR Job Bank**:
ATHE Job Bank**:
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
universityaffairs.ca-- for academic jobs in Canada
jobs.ac.uk-- for academic jobs in the UK
*Check with your department administrator for login information
**You must be a member in good standing of the organization to access this site. Use your general login
(Those in bold have been vouched for by ASTR GSC members!)
Robin Bernstein, "For Graduate Students and Other Academics".
Bernstein has compiled a useful (and often entertaining!) series of resources for Grad Students and Prospective Grad Students.
Spencer Hall, "Resources for Graduate Students and Post-Docs”.
This compilation of resources is geared toward scientists, but much of the advice remains relevant for those pursuing graduate degrees in the arts and humanities.
Karen Kelsky, "The Professor Is In,”
Kelsky offers clear, straightforward advice to graduate students and early-career academics. Her style is sometimes humorous, sometimes sympathetic, and always blunt.
Danielle Rosvally, "Daniprose".
A blog maintained by a current PhD student discussing and describing the triumphs and tribulations of Graduate School.
Though geared toward historians, this website offers useful advice for any Ph.D. interested in pursuing a non-academic career.
This is a faith-based support network for graduate students.
A collaborative blog and bootcamp program (which also offers podcasts!) created and maintained by graduate students for graduate students.
A forum for current and prospective graduate students to connect with each other, ask questions, and post resources (with the option for anonymity). Also includes a frequently updated blog and forums through which to view/request expert advice.
This site offers discussion boards and forums for graduate students trying to finish their dissertations. Ideal for those in small departments who may lack built-in support systems of other graduate students.
NOTE: These articles come from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Most articles from the Chronicle on graduate school and the job market are counterproductive proclamations of doom. The articles below buck that disturbing trend by offering genuinely helpful advice to those of us pursuing Ph.D.s.
The Academic Job Market
James M. Lang, "4 Steps to a Memorable Teaching Philosophy - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”, n.d.
James M. Lang offers four simple guidelines for crafting a statement of teaching philosophy that will stand out from a pile of job applications. Lang notes that, while a generic teaching philosophy will generally not hurt the candidate, few candidates take advantage of this document and turn it into something that helps their chances with the search committee.
Barney Rogers, "A Letter to My Younger Self - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
Rogers begins with some sympathetic gloom and doom but proceeds to offer seven concise bullet points to keep in mind during the academic job search. Rogers' key advice is to learn as much as possible about the institutions to which you are applying while remaining true to your own research interests and passions.
Furlong, Jennifer S. and Julie Miller Vick, "From Graduate Student to Faculty Member - Do Your Job Better - The Chronicle of Higher Education”
The authors speak with four scholars transitioning from graduate programs to postdoctoral fellowships or teaching jobs. Their goal is to prepare readers for potential surprises and pitfalls of the first year after graduate school.
Rob Jenkins, "How You Might Get the Job - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
Jenkins offers advice for those interested in teaching at community/junior/two-year colleges.
Furlong, Jennifer S. and Julie Miller Vick, "Managing Your Emotions on the Market - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
The authors offer helpful hints for accepting and managing the emotional stresses of the academic job market. They focus on preserving a sense of control during long periods of waiting.
Rob Jenkins, "Preparing for Your Interview - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
Jenkins explains how to prepare for a job interview at a community/junior/two-year college. Much of his advice will also apply to those preparing for interviews at four-year institutions.
Furlong, Jennifer S. and Julie Miller Vick, "Writing Samples and Teaching Statements - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
The authors sort through real vs. fake problems that crop up in writing samples and teaching statements. They focus on selecting the writing sample, meeting search committee expectations, and the danger of unsolicited materials.
The Non- and Quasi-Academic Job Markets
Alexandra M. Lord, "Every Ph.D. Needs a Plan B - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
The creator of "Beyond Academe" advocates non-academic internships for graduate students, even those who plan to pursue academic careers.
Furlong, Jennifer S. and Julie Miller Vick, "Following the Nonacademic Track - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
Furlong and Vick engage in a conversation about how graduate students can improve their job prospects outside of academia and how university departments can help. Though some of the information will prove useless to those already in graduate school - e.g. their recommendation that everyone work two or three years before entering a graduate program - they do offer advice that graduate students could bring to their departments or career services offices to improve the non-academic support network.
Susan Basalla May, "From Ph.D. to Self-Employed Consultant - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
In an interview, self-employed writer and consultant Susan Geib offers advice for Ph.D.'s considering a professional writing career. She encourages arts and humanities graduate students to reach out to the various offices of the university (e.g. study abroad, communications) for contacts and advice.
Susan Basalla May, "Quasi-Academic Careers - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education”.
May interviews Scott Keeter, a Ph.D. who now works for Pew Research Center. The interview focuses on the skill sets of "quasi-academic" careers and how best to pursue non-university research positions.
NOTE: Books in bold have been vouched for by ASTR GSC members.
Bar-Or, Yuval. Is a PhD for Me? Life in the Ivory Tower: A Cautionary Guide for Aspiring Doctoral Students. Light Brigade, 2009.
Bin Ahmad, Kamarul Zaman. PhD: The Pursuit of Excellence. Cengage Learning, 2007.
Burgess, Robert G., ed. Beyond the First Degree: Graduate Education, Lifelong Learning and Careers. Open UP, 1998.
Drew, Sue, and Rosie Bingham. The Guide to Learning and Study Skills: For Higher Education and at Work. Gower, 2010.
Farkas, Dora. The Smart Way to Your Ph.D.: 200 Secrets from 100 Graduates. Your Ph.D. Consulting, 2008.
Karp, Jason. How to Survive Your PhD: The Insider’s Guide to Avoiding Mistakes, Choosing the Right Program, Working with Professors, and Just How a Person Actually Writes a 200-Page Paper. Sourcebooks, Inc., 2009.
Peters, Robert. Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D. Farrrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
Ruben, Adam. Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School. Three Rivers Press, 2010.
Semenza, Gregory Colón. Graduate Study for the 21st Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Writing the Thesis/Dissertation
Bolkner, Joan. Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. Holt, 1998.
Davis, Gordon B. Writing the Doctoral Dissertation. Barron’s Educational Series, 1997.
Foss, Sonia, and William Waters. Destination Dissertation: A Traveler’s Guide to a Done Dissertation. Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
Machi, Lawrence A., and Brenda T. McEvoy. The Literature Review: Six Steps to Success. Corwin Press, 2008.
Miller, Allison B. Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All!: How to Overcome Psychological Barriers, Get Results, and Move on with Your Life. APA, 2009.
Ogden, Evelyn Hunt. Completing Your Dissertation or Thesis in Two Semesters or Less. Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
Roberts, Carol M. The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation. Corwin Press, 2010.
Single, Peg Boyle. Demystifying Dissertation Writing: A Streamlined Process from Choice of Topic to Final Text. Stylus Publishing, 2009.
Academic Writing and Publishing
Belcher, Wendy Laura. Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Sage, 2009.
Germano, William. From Dissertation to Book (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). U of Chicago P, 2005.
---. Getting It Published: A Guide for Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books. U of Chicago P, 2008.
Harman, Eleanor, Ian Montagnes, Siobhan McMenemy, and Chris Bucci, eds. The Thesis and the Book: A Guide for First-Time Academic Authors. U of Toronto P, 2003.
Luey, Beth. Handbook for Academic Authors. Cambridge UP, 2009.
---. Revising Your Dissertation: Advice from Leading Editors. U of California P, 2007.
Silvia, Paul J. How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing. APA, 2002.
Allitt, Peter. I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom. U of Pennsylvania P, 2004.
Ambrose, Susan A., Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Bain, Ken. What the Best College Teachers Do. Harvard UP, 2004.
Barkley, Elizabeth F. Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Davis, Barbara Gross. Tools for Teaching. Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Felman, Jyl Lynn. Never a Dull Moment: Teaching and the Art of Performance. Routledge, 2001.
Filene, Peter. The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. The U of North Carolina P, 2005.
Fink, L. Dee. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses. Jossey-Bass, 2003.
Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed: 30thAnniversary Edition. Continuum, 2000.
Fry, Heather, Steve Ketteridge, and Stephanie Marshall, eds. A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Academic Practice. Routledge, 2002.
Hall, Donald. The Academic Self: An Owner’s Manual. Ohio State UP, 2002.
Huston, Therese. Teaching What You Don’t Know. Harvard UP, 2009.
Lang, James M. On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching. Harvard UP, 2010.
Liesveld, Rosanne, Jo Ann Miller, and Jennifer Robison. Teach with Your Strengths: How Great Teachers Inspire Their Students. Gallup Press, 2005.
Mayberry, Maralee, and Ellen Cronan Rose, eds. Meeting the Challenge: Innovative Feminist Pedagogies in Action. Routledge, 1999.
St. Pierre, Elizabeth, and Wanda Pillow. Working the Ruins: Feminist Poststructural Theory and Methods in Education. Routledge, 1999.
Saltmarsh, John, and Edward Zlotkowski. Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service Learning and Civic Engagement. Temple University Press, 2011.
Savory, Paul, Amy Nelson Burnett, and Amy M. Goodburn. Inquiry into the College Classroom: a Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching. Anker Publishing Inc., 2007.
Stevens, Danielle D., and Antonia J. Levi. Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning. Stylus Publishing, 2004.
Svinicki, Marilla, and Wilbert J. McKeachie. McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers. Wadsworth Publishing, 2010.
Weimer, Maryellen. Learner-Centered Teaching. Jossey-Bass, 2002.
Young, Harvey, guest ed. "Special Issue: Teaching African American Theatre.” Special issue, Theatre Topics19, no. 1 (Mar 2009).
Burnham, Joy J., Lisa M. Hooper, and Vivian H. Wright. Tools for Dossier Success: A Guide for Promotion and Tenure. Routledge, 2010.
Seldin, Peter, and J. Elizabeth Miller. The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service. Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Seldin, Peter, J. Elizabeth Miller, Clement A. Seldin, and Wilbert McKeachie. The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions. Jossey-Bass, 2010.
Ali, Lynda, and Barbara Graham. Moving on in Your Career: A Guide for Academic Researchers and Postgraduates. Routledge, 2000.
Barnes, Sandra L. On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search. Lynne Rienner Publishing, 2007.
Boice, Robert. Advice for New Faculty Members. Allyn & Bacon, 2000.
Cahn, Stephen M. From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor. Columbia UP, 2008.
DeNeef, A. Leigh, and Craufurd D. Goodwin, eds. The Academic’s Handbook. Duke UP, 2006.
Evans, Elrena, and Caroline Grant, eds. Mama, PhD: Women Write about Motherhood and Academic Life. Rutgers UP, 2008.
Formo, Dawn M., and Cheryl Reed. Job Search in Academe: Strategic Rhetorics for Faculty Job Candidates. Stylus Publishing, 1999.
Goldsmith, John A., John Komlos, and Penny Schine Gold. The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School through Tenure. U of Chicago P, 2001.
Gordon, Virginia N. Career Advising: An Academic Advisor’s Guide. Jossey-Bass, 2006.
Gordon, Virginia N., Wesley R. Habley, and Thomas J. Grites. Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook. Jossey-Bass, 2008.
Gray, Paul and David E. Drew. What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career. Stylus Publishing, 2008.
Hughes, Peter C., and Roderick C. Tennyson. So You Want to Be a Professor? How to Succeed in Academia. CreateSpace, 2011.
Hughey, Kenneth F., Dorothy Nelson, Joanne K. Damminger, and Betsy McCalla-Wriggins. The Handbook of Career Advising. Jossey-Bass, 2009.
Hume, Kathryn. Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities Ph.Ds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
Knight, Peter, and Mantz Yorke. Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education. Routledge, 2003.
Kronenfield, Jennie Jacobs, and Marcia Lynn Whicker. Getting an Academic Job. Sage, 1997.
Marotte, Mary Ruth, Paige Reynolds, and Ralph Savarese, eds. Papa, PhD: Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy. Rutgers UP, 2010.
Perlmutter, David D. Promotion and Tenure Confidential. Harvard UP, 2010.
Solem, Michael, and Kenneth Foote. Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009.
Toth, Emily. Ms. Mentor’s New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia. U of Pennsylvania P, 2008.
Vesilind, P. Aarne. So You Want to Be a Professor? A Handbook for Graduate Students. Sage, 2000.
Vick, Julia Miller, and Jennifer S. Furlong. The Academic Job Search Handbook: Fourth Edition. U of Pennsylvania P, 2008.
Ziman, Don. Knowing Everything About Nothing: Specialization and Change in Research Careers. Cambridge UP, 2010.
General Career Advice
Albion, Mark S. Making a Life, Making a Living: Reclaiming Your Purpose and Passion in Business and in Life. Business Plus, 2000.
Alboher, Marci. One Person/Multiple Careers: A New Model for Work/Life Success. Business Plus, 2007.
Barker, Caroline. Careers with an Arts or Humanities Degree. Lifetime Careers, 2010.
Basalla, Susan Elizabeth, and Maggie Debelius. "So What Are You Going to Do with That?” Finding Careers Outside Academia. U of Chicago P, 2007.
Bennett, Scott. The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Work. AMACOM, 2005.
Bolles, Mark Emery and Richard N. What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online. Ten Speed Press, 2011.
Bolles, Richard N. The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide: How to Get a Rewarding Job Even When "There Are No Jobs.” Ten Speed Press, 2009.
---. What Color Is Your Parachute? 2012: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. Ten Speed Press, 2011.
---. What Color Is Your Parachute? Job-Hunter’s Workbook. Ten Speed Press, 2010.
Bronson, Po. What Should I Do with My Life? The True Story of People Who Answered the Ultimate Question. Ballantine Books, 2005.
Brooks, Katharine. You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. Viking, 2009.
Butler, Timothy. Getting Unstuck: A Guide to Discovering Your Next Career Path. Harvard Business Press, 2009.
Camenson, Blythe. Careers for Scholars and Other Deep Thinkers. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Curran, Sheila J., and Suzanne Greenwald. Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads: Finding a Path to Your Perfect Career. Ten Speed Press, 2006.
Eberts, Marjorie, and Margaret Gisler. Careers for Bookworms & Other Literary Types. McGraw-Hill, 2008.
Eikleberry, Carol. The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. Ten Speed Press, 2007.
Enelow, Wendy S., and Louise M. Kursmark. Cover Letter Magic. Jist Works, 2010.
Griffiths, Bob. Do What You Love for the Rest of Your Life: A Practical Guide to Career Change and Personal Renewal. Ballantine, 2003.
Harrington, Brad, and Douglas T. Hall. Career Management & Work-Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers. Sage Publications, 2007.
Higginbottom, Gerald. CVs for Graduates. Parkwest Publications, 2002.
Holland, R. William. Are There Any Good Jobs Left? Career Management in the Age of the Disposable Worker. Praeger, 2006.
---. Cracking the New Job Market: The 7 Rules for Getting Hired in Any Economy. AMACOM, 2011.
Ibarra, Herminia. Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Harvard Business, 2004.
Jansen, Julie. I Don’t Know What I Want, But I Know It’s Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work. Penguin, 2003.
Kay, Andrea. Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get You Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2005.
Levinson, Jay Conrad, and David E. Perry. Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0: How to Stand Out from the Crowd and Tap into the Hidden Job Market Using Social Media and 999 Other Tactics Today. Wiley, 2011.
Lore, Nicholas. Now What? The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career. Fireside, 2008.
---. The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success. Fireside, 1998.
Mainiero, Lisa, and Sherry Sullivan. The Opt-Out Revolt: Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers. Intercultural Press, 2006.
Martini, Kitty, and Candice Reed. Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job. Sterling, 2010.
Mitchell, Pamela. The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention: Essential Survival Skills for Any Economy. Dutton Adult, 2009.
Myers, Ford R. Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring: Take Charge of Your Career, Find a Job You Love, and Earn What You Deserve. Wiley, 2009.
Pink, Daniel H. Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. Business Plus, 2002.
---. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Riverhead Trade, 2006.
Power, Sally J. The Mid-Career Success Guide: Planning for the Second Half of Your Working Life. Praeger, 2006.
Ryan, Robin. 60 Seconds and You’re Hired! Penguin, 2008.
---. Over 40 & You’re Hired! Secrets to Landing a Great Job. Penguin, 2009.
---. What to Do with the Rest of Your Life: America’s Top Career Coach Shows You How to Find or Create the Job You’ll LOVE. Fireside, 2002.
---. Winning Cover Letters. Wiley, 2002.
Schein, Edgar H. Career Anchors: Self Assessment. Pfeiffer, 2006.
Schepp, Brad and Debra. How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Other Social Networks. McGraw-Hill, 2009.
Snyder, Don. J. The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found. Back Bay Books, 1998.
Vanderkam, Laura. 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. Portfolio, 2010.
---. Grindhopping: Building a Rewarding Career Without Paying Your Dues. McGraw-Hill, 2006.
Zichy, Shoya, and Ann Bidou. Career Match: Connecting Who You Are with What You’ll Love to Do. AMACOM, 2007.
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