How many people have asked you this question? I bet you've lost count. It is such a common question, someone used it as the title of a book. About non-academic careers for PhDs, of course. (It's a good book. Well worth it.) And it's probably your number one source of anxiety while working towards … [Read more...] about What are you going to do with that?
The posts in this category are addressed primarily to PhD students. My primary audience are those who are working in academia or in the process of getting their first academic job. However, to get there you have to get the PhD finished.
Are you a PhD student or considering entering a PhD program? There is a lot of discussion out there about attrition rates (high) and time to completion (long). Much of that discussion focuses on institutions and what they should or could be doing about it. Beyond asking questions of your … [Read more...] about Taking responsibility for your PhD
There is a lot of debate about whether we are training too many PhD students (given the demand for academic labour) or too few (given the needs of the so-called knowledge economy). At an individual level, plenty of unemployed PhDs are wondering how they ended up in such a precarious labour market … [Read more...] about Why universities are recruiting PhD students
I received the following question from a reader: My MA is completing end of August this year, and I plan to go on to PhD. My department has recommended I apply for SSHRC and other grants. I am completely green when it comes to applying for grants/scholarships, and have no idea where to start. … [Read more...] about Where do you start with doctoral fellowship applications?
If you are still working on your PhD dissertation, or if you supervise doctoral students, this post is for you. As you may be aware completion times in the humanities and social sciences are long. Much longer than for other disciplines. And humanities disciplines tend to be longer than social … [Read more...] about Finishing the Dissertation