Obtaining a Ph.D.
Surviving Graduate School
These resources give an overview of what skills are needed to survive and
thrive in graduate school, how to deal with the academic and personal pressures
of doctoral programs, the general stages doctoral students move through, and
where to go for further information. Check through our collection of Promising
Practices on Socializing Doctoral Students to see if your institution offers any
innovative programs aimed at helping doctoral students adapt to graduate school. We rely on institutions' submissions to
keep our collect of Promising Practices updated: if your institution has
innovative mentoring practices but isn't represented here, they can be submitted
American Educational Research Association Graduate Studies List
http://kerlins.net/aera-gsl/ This site by Scott and Bobbi Kerlin offers resources (some of them Canadian)
focused on how to succeed in graduate school and an email discussion list for students, faculty and
administrators interested in academic discussions about the current and future
state of the academic profession.
Provides various online forums for doctoral students and links to other
A discussion group for graduate students that covers issues such as time
management, research concerns, choosing an advisor, navigating departmental
politics, and calls for papers, conferences, grants, fellowships, and job
How to Be a Good Graduate Student (Indiana University)
This series of linked essays aims to raise some issues that are
important for graduate students to succeed in graduate school and to get as much
out of the experience as possible.
The Keogh Lab
Provides advice for students in the sciences on how to succeed in
graduate school, write grants, publish, complete the dissertation, and
A Little Advice from 32,000
Graduate students give advice to other graduate students about preparing
themselves for their professional lives while still in graduate school.
National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS)
Acts as a clearinghouse for information on graduate and professional
student groups at all stages of development.
Math and Engineering Career Site
Offers links to other sites dealing with graduate school survival, graduate
student and postdoc organizations, resources for women and minorities in the
sciences, and more.
Ph.D. Stages (University of Queensland)
Offers advice for all stages of doctoral study, from "Thinking about doing
a Ph.D.?" to "Finishing touches." See also the page of
So Long, and Thanks for the Ph.D. (University of North
Ronald Azuma, a Ph.D., sketches out
the character traits/skills needed to succeed in a doctoral program.
Some Advice for Getting Through Graduate School (Georgia Tech)
Includes general links on success in graduate school, writing, women in computer
science, "The Unwritten Milestones for the Ph.D." and other links.
Survival in the Academy
http://www.cs.indiana.edu/docproject/handbook/part1.9.html From a handbook at Indiana University, this covers
survival skills for graduate women, advice for dealing with the ABD
syndrome, and more.
What You Can Do as a Second-Year Grad Student (UC Berkeley)
Discusses how to focus your research, what to do for professional development,
and how to begin developing a teaching portfolio.
Promising Practices on Socializing Doctoral Students