Only a select and dedicated few pursue a PhD or doctoral degree to become experts in their fields because of the rigors involved in the admission process and the programs themselves. Fortunately, many resources are available to help them reach their personal and academic goals.
This guide helps you prepare for your PhD, make the most out of your program, fund your education, and find a job after earning your degree. It gives you more than 35 online resources to help you thrive during your final chapter as a student and beyond it.
Preparing for your PhD or doctoral degree program involves finding the right program, getting accepted into that program, and preparing for your transition into doctoral life. Below are descriptions and links to several online resources to help you accomplish all of these essential steps
Online PhD and Doctoral Programs
This guide introduces you to online doctoral degrees and provides valuable advice on what to look for when choosing an online degree program.
PhDs that Pay: Top-Earning Doctoral Degrees
Money isn’t everything when choosing a professional career but knowing what you can expect to make once you’ve got your doctorate is important. The doctoral degrees in this guide have the most earning power.
Academic Institution Profiles
The National Science Federation profiles and ranks information for individual academic institutions in terms of earned doctorates, grad students, expenditures and funding.
Getting into a PhD Program in the Biosciences
This virtual panel discussion on the PhD admissions process details what you can do to improve your chances of being accepted into the PhD program you want. It’s geared toward bioscience majors, but the information and advice work regardless of your academic field.
Start Your Doctoral Journey
This series of articles from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania provides information and advice on the many steps to becoming a successful PhD candidate.
Whether you’re working on a professional doctorate requiring completion of a doctoral study or a PhD that culminates in a dissertation, you’ll need some highly specialized academic skills with research and writing at the top of the list. The following resources will you identify and develop the many practical skills you’ll need.
Developed by the American Psychological Association, APA Style is the go-to resource for writing style and format for academic documents.
This free online visual tool allows applied scientists and researchers to quickly locate and explore academic papers relevant to their field of study.
Created by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Writing Center, this resource is a comprehensive discussion of tips and tools for completing your dissertation.
Index of Library of Congress Research Guides
This index provides access to more than 1,200 research guides to the Library of Congress’s general collections of books and articles, as well as general subject guides prepared by LOC librarians.
PhD Survival Guide
This article helps you identify and avoid many of the common mistakes students make in conducting their first doctoral-level research.
Purdue Online Writing Lab
You don’t need to be a Purdue student to take advantage of the wealth of excellent resources offered online by Purdue OWL. Among the dozens of resources for all writers are several specific to graduate writing and dissertations.
Paying for college is a major concern no matter the degree level. Fortunately, various funding resources are available to help, including a few exclusively for prospective doctoral students. Here are some of the very best of those financial aid sources.
GI Bill Education Benefits
If you’re a veteran, this United States Department of Veterans’ website shows you how to take advantage of GI Bill education benefits.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the GRFP provides three years of financial support over a five-year fellowship period to master and doctoral students demonstrating the potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.
You’ve studied for years, have your hard-earned doctoral degree, and are ready to put that degree to work. Whether you’re headed into academia, government work, or the nonprofit or private sectors, the resources below will help you establish a satisfying and lucrative professional career.
A major resource for higher education career information and job recruitment in academia, this listing from thousands of colleges and universities shows hundreds of thousands of open positions annually.
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
A nonprofit consortium of more than 700 colleges and universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and for-profit and nonprofit agencies, HERC provides various resources for recruiting and maintaining faculty and staff in academia.
This is a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and doctoral graduates in the social sciences and the humanities. Users can create self-defined goals, create professional development and career paths, access related skills, values, interests, and more.
myIDP Science Careers Individual Development Plan
This free career-planning tool designed primarily for PhD students and graduates in STEM-related fields features exercises that help users pinpoint their skills, values, and interests. It also has a list of career paths with predictions on which ones best fit your skills and interests.
PhD Student Career Planning Timeline
Designed for PhD students at the University of California at Santa Cruz, this comprehensive career planning timeline is available for use by doctoral students everywhere.
This niche recruiting resource is used by more than 1,000 employers (e.g., companies, universities, governmental agencies, research institutions, etc.) to connect recent doctoral graduates with great jobs worldwide.
The federal government’s official employment website allows job seekers to search for and connect with civil service job opportunities at hundreds of federal organizations and agencies.
The Versatile PhD
Providing information and advice on non-academic careers for PhDs, ABDs, and other graduate students and degree-holders, this resource includes job analytics, networks, and readiness tools.
A Well-Kept Secret for Finding a Job post-PhD
This article provides strategies and advice for finding part-time and consulting work after graduation to hold you over until you figure out your move into a full-time non-academic career.