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National and Local Resource List


This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all resources in this area, but rather to serve as a useful starting point for your own exploration.

National Resources

ImaginePhD––From the Graduate Career Consortium, this free and confidential career planning site is perhaps the best resource on the web for humanities and social science PhDs who are want to explore the spectrum of careers available to them. It includes self-assessment tools, guides to job families, and also resources for creating an independent development plan (IDP) for your time in graduate school.

VersatilePhD––One of the original resources for PhDs seeking to learn more about careers outside the academy, VersatilePhD includes a useful job board, virtual job panels, and a message board for those seeking advice. Access depends on institutional subscription; all Graduate Center students should have access with their institutional email.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows for Recent PhDs––Mellon Foundation-funded postdocs that place 20 humanities and humanistic social science PhDs each year in nonprofit and government organizations for two years. The list of past fellowships, available on the website, is useful inspiration, and can also be a source of organizations to check out and people to connect with.

AHA Career Diversity––From the American Historical Association, the Mellon-funded AHA Career Diversity initiative supports career exploration for history PhDs. Where Do Historians Work? is an easy-to-use interactive database of History PhD career outcomes. Their resources around the Career Diversity 5 Skills are useful for students and faculty alike.

MLA Connected Academics––From the Modern Language Association, the Mellon-funded Connected Academics initiative supports career exploration for English and modern language PhDs. Their Career Exploration Activity Packet, Primer to Life outside the Academy, resume and transferable skills documents, tips for informational interviews, and LinkedIn guide are useful for students. Faculty––not only those in MLA fields!––should note their Doctoral Student Career Planning tool kit for faculty and programs.

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology––NAPA provides support for anthropologists practicing outside the academy by amplifying members work and providing a mentorship matching service.

Humanists@Work––From the UC Humanities Research Institute and partially funded by Connected Academics, Humanists@Work supports career diversity among humanities PhDs in the UC system. Their website––which is heavier on video than some of the others––contains numerous Stories from the Field (PhDs speaking about their career paths), as well as Candid Conversations between faculty and students on topics like debt and mentorship.

Promising Practices in PhD Professional Development––This document from the Council of Graduate Schools provides a summary of lessons learned from the first cohort of the National Endowment for the Humanities’s NextGen PhD program.

Summary of Prior Work in Humanities PhD Professional Development––This document from the Council of Graduate Schools provides an overview of past work in humanities PhD career diversity.

Federation of State Humanities Councils––This organizations provides support and advocacy for all 56 state humanities councils.

National Endowment for the Humanities––The NEH supports the full spectrum of humanities work in the United States. They provide funding to the state humanities councils.

National Humanities Alliance––The NHA is an umbrella organization for all humanities organizations in the United States, from the state humanities councils to university humanities centers to scholarly organizations. Their database Humanities For All showcases public humanities work within higher education.

Resources at The Graduate Center

The Office of Career Planning and Professional Development––Make an appointment with a career adviser, register for a webinar, or check out the new Career Planning Guide.

Early Research Initiative––Apply for summer funding through ERI to get a jump on your dissertation and gain experience working at a place like the Vera Institute for Justice or the Morgan Library and Museum.

Teaching and Learning Center––The TLC offers workshops and support to help graduate students improve their pedagogy.

Futures Initiative––The Futures Initiative advocates equity and innovation in higher education and sponsors events each semester on the theme of “The University Worth Fighting For.”

Public Science Project––PSP supports participatory action research and advocates for the role of the social sciences in supporting and advancing social justice movements.

Graduate Center Digital Initiatives––GCDI supports digital work at The Graduate Center. Have a project? Make an appointment with one of their digital fellows to get help.





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