The Council of Graduate Schools’ PhD Career Pathways project is a multi-phase initiative to improve doctoral education through data collection, information-sharing, university networks, and resource development. With support from the National Science Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CGS has built a coalition of 75 doctoral institutions working to help universities improve student and alumni experiences and outcomes through an evidence-informed approach. In addition, CGS collects aggregate data on PhD career aspirations and outcomes from our partner universities and provides insights on the experiences and outcomes of doctoral training at the national level.
The Humanities Coalition
The research briefs that have resulted from CGS’s analysis of national data can help you contextualize your own institution’s data, inform programs about alumni outcomes at the national level, and start conversations about skills and resources that will support the career success of your students. Our briefs to date include:
- Academic Professional Development for PhD Students in Selected Science Fields: Who is Participating?
- Closing Gaps in Our Knowledge of PhD Career Pathways: Preparing Future Faculty for All Types of Colleges and Universities
- Closing Gaps in Our Knowledge of Humanities PhD Career Pathways: How Well Did a Humanities PhD Prepare Them?
- Closing Gaps in Our Knowledge of PhD Career Pathways: How Well Did a STEM PhD Train Degree Recipients for Their Careers?
- Closing Gaps in Our Knowledge of PhD Career Pathways: Job Changes of PhD Graduates After Earning Their Degree
- Closing Gaps in our Knowledge of Career Pathways: How do Biological and Life Sciences PhD Holders Transition into the Workforce?
- PhD Professional Development: Value, Timing, and Participation
- Insights into First-Generation Doctoral Students
- How Well Did Prior Postdoctoral Appointments Prepare PhDs for Their Careers? Length, Value, and Skills of Postdoctoral Experience
- Closing Gaps in our Knowledge of PhD Career Pathways: The Importance of Preparation in Grant Writing for PhDs
- Academic Professional Development for PhD Students in Selected Science Fields: Who is Participating? (New)
Surveys and Implementation Guide
The CGS PhD Career Pathways surveys, a student questionnaire and an alumni questionnaire, are designed to be administered by graduate schools or programs. The data collected through the survey can help support greater transparency about PhD career aspirations and outcomes and to inform curricula, career services, professional development opportunities, and mentoring. For more information about the PhD Career Pathways surveys and Implementation Guide, please contact Enyu Zhou.
Shaping New Narratives about PhD Careers
CGS has developed a communications resource that is designed to help university partners advocate for greater transparency about PhD careers and to support career diversity. The tool includes tips for supporting career diversity in campus social media as well as guidance on communicating the value of diverse careers. Click here to view or download the tool.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. (NSF #1661272 and #2000750). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.