Join CGS’s Effort to Understand PhD Career Pathways

    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.

    To Apply:

    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.*

      Webinar Slide Presentation*

      Webinar Recording*

    *Issued before STEM funding received; contains some outdated material.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 10, 2017            First in-person Project Directors’ meeting at CGS Summer                                                   Workshop (Semiannually thereafter at CGS meetings)

    July 26, 2017             Career Pathways Survey Administrators Meeting (Webinar)

    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.

    For all other inquiries, contact project co-PIs: Julia Kent, Maureen McCarthy, and Hironao Okahana.


































































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