Obtaining a Ph.D.
These resources aim to help doctoral students complete their programs, develop themselves as
professionals, and prepare for their post-academic careers while still in graduate
school. The skills doctoral students need and stages they pass through in
the course of completing their programs are grouped in roughly chronological
order, beginning with
"Entering into a Doctoral Program" and progressing through
to "Dissertations." Additional resources are at the bottom of
the page. The links included on these pages are by no means
exhaustive, and we welcome suggestions for further additions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entering into a Doctoral Program
Covers deciding which
programs and schools to target, what questions to ask, how the application
process works, and evaluating different programs and schools.
Gives 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.
Includes links to portfolio designs, tools, and examples of on-line
portfolios from around the country that go beyond traditional CVs and resumes to give a multi-faceted
view of the author's teaching and professional experiences.
Includes discussion groups, articles, websites, and Promising Practices that deal with preparing doctoral students to teach.
Choosing a Committee/Advisor
Offers advice about how to choose a
committee/advisor, what questions to ask, how to set expectations and resolve
common problems, and more.
Covers preparing for comprehensive/qualifying exams in a very
Conferences and Presentations
Covers how to present research at conferences and presentations.
Research and Publishing
Offers strategies for identifying viable paper topics,
writing polished articles, and getting them published, as well as resources useful for researching, documenting, and formatting papers.
Includes web resources aimed at helping doctoral
students through the dissertation process, specific advice, research and
sample guidelines for traditional and electronic dissertations, places for
publishing the dissertation, a bibliography of
articles about dissertations, and a link to dissertation-related Promising
An annotated list of publications that cover varying topics above.
Innovative professional development activities, programs, and resources at universities and organizations across the nation.
University of Washington
Professional development resources especially useful for University of Washington doctoral students.