CGS invites doctoral-granting member institutions to apply to participate in Understanding PhD Career Pathways for Program Improvement, a multi-institution effort to collect and use data on PhD career pathways, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF #1661272). This is an important opportunity to deepen your institution’s understanding of the career goals and outcomes of its PhDs; communicate your support for the career diversity of PhDs; make evidence-based interventions that support the success of PhDs and the recruitment of future students; and access anonymized benchmarking data compiled from other project partners.
Option 1: Humanities Only. Provides awards of $30,000 each to support implementation of surveys of humanities PhD students and alumni over a period of twenty-four months. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; 15 awards available. Please indicate in your proposal why a humanities-only project aligns with your institutional mission.
Option 2: STEM Only. Provides awards of $50,000 to each to support implementation of surveys of STEM PhD students and alumni over a period of thirty-six months. Supported by the National Science Foundation; 15 awards available. Please indicate in your proposal why a STEM-only project aligns with your institutional mission.
Option 3: Combined Proposal. If an institution meets the eligibility requirements for both the Humanities and STEM awards, CGS strongly encourages the submission of a combined proposal. Institutions selected to participate in this category will receive a total award amount of $80,000.
U.S. doctoral-granting CGS member institutions
Eligible institutions must meet all minimum qualifications outlined in the RFP.
Request for Proposals (RFP) - Updated 3.21.17
Proposal Cover Form (Attachment E) - Updated 3.28.17
FAQs - Updated
Information and Materials to Guide Proposal Development:
Survey Implementation Guide (Attachment A) - Updated
PhD Alumni Survey (Attachment B) - Updated
PhD Student Survey (Attachment C) - Updated
Field Taxonomy (Attachment D) - Updated
January 24, 2017 Webinar on preparing a proposal.*
*Issued before STEM funding received; contains some outdated material.
March 31, 2017 Letter of Intent due (note updated due date)*
*Institutions that submitted an LOI before CGS received STEM funding do not need to resubmit.
May 1, 2017 Proposal Due
June 2017 Decisions Announced
July 1, 2017 Grant Start Date
July 2017 First in-person Project Directors’ meeting at CGS Summer Workshop
(Semiannually thereafter at CGS meetings)
Fall 2017 Wave 1 Alumni Survey
Spring 2018 Wave 1 Student Survey
Fall 2018 Wave 2 Alumni Survey
Spring 2019 Wave 2 Student Survey
June 30, 2019 Humanities Grant End Date
Fall 2019 Wave 3 Alumni Survey (STEM)
Spring 2020 Wave 3 Student Survey (STEM)
June 30, 2020 STEM Grant End Date
For inquiries about proposal submission guidelines, contact K. Stone.