Resources for Graduate Students


Graduate School is A Means to a Job [START HERE]

Sterneworks’ Academe

A Letter to Past Graduate-Student Me

Professional Development During Your Doctoral Education

For Graduate Students In Any Field

The Chronicle Forums

10 Tips for Thriving, Not Just Surviving, In Graduate School

Getting & Working with a Mentor:

Advice on Being Advised

When It Comes to Mentoring, the More the Merrier

How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students

How to Pick a Great Adviser

How Much Is Your Adviser’s Reputation Worth?

The Top 5 Traits of the Worst Advisors

How To Ask For a Recommendation

How to Fire Your Adviser

Asking Faculty For A Favor

To Lead the Way

Managing Finances While in Graduate School:

How to Prioritize Financial Goals When You Can’t Do It All

Saving Money in Graduate School–With Help


Networking From Scratch

Write Network Emails Like a Pro

Core Competencies


NOW Retreat Resources

Writing a Literature Review: Six Steps to Get You from Start to Finish

How and Why to Write Collaboratively

My Writing Productivity Pipeline

Your Dissertation Begins In Your First Seminar

Ten Steps to Revising Your Article or Chapter

The Myth of One More Source


Teaching Tips for Graduate Students

Reading/Taking Notes:

Take Notes with a Structured Template

Presenting Your Research:

Mastering the Art of Presenting

Preparing for Conference Presentations

How to Give a Fabulous Academic Presentation

Deciding to Go Public (e.g. Digital) With Your Work:

From Ivory to Glass Tower

Gaining Leadership Experience:

Interested in Leadership Roles?

Managing Your Workflow/Work-Life Balance:

Why You Need a 5-Year Plan

All Work and No Play Makes for a Dull Grad Student

Your Job Is Not You

Traits of the ‘Get It Done’ Personality: Laser Focus, Resilience, and True Grit 

Get a Life PhD see especially, “What’s the Matter with a Forty-Hour Work Week For Academics?

Productivity tips, tricks and hacks for academics (2015 edition)

Advice On Tracking Your Work

The Art of “No”

Securing Funding

Securing Funding During Graduate School

Three Steps to Getting Grants for Graduate Students

Mentoring Others:

Mentoring as a Graduate Student

Equity in the Academy


Conditionally Accepted: A Space for Scholars on The Margins of Academia

Support for Students of Color:

Black Scholars: Explaining Your Work May Mean Fighting For It

‘Playing the Game’ for Black Grad Students

The Racialization of Academic Funding

Teaching While Black

Support for Women of Color:

Fight the Tower

Black (Academic) Women’s Health: To Be in Context

Birthing Both a Baby and Ph.D. as a Woman of Color

Support for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illness(es):


Chronic illness and making an academic career/working life – unjustified judgements

Accommodations In Academia

On “Linguistics Identity:”

Inside the Ivory Tower: Can I Speak Spanish Here?

Support for LGBTQ Students:

Out in Academia

‘Dear Forums…’: I’m a Closeted Trans Grad Student. Can I Come Out?

Support for 1st Gen/Working Class Students:

The confessions–and Confusions–of a First-Generation Scholar


Applying for Academic Jobs:

Vitae resources

Making A Statement (Kelsky on Job Docs)

‘The Quick and Relatively Painless Guide to Your Academic Job Search’: Resources 

Applying for Non-Academic/Alt-Ac Jobs:

Overexperienced and Overqualified?

Do this While You Diss

Mental Health in the Academy

General Resources:

Academia and Mental Illness: A Preliminary List of Resources

Managing Mental Illness in Graduate School: Some Recommendations

How to Hope in Graduate School

The Secret Life of the Doctoral Student

On Self Care:

Simple Self-Love for Graduate Students

On Self Care, Balance, and Overwork in Academia

10 Tips for Success & Self-Care for Academics

Audre Lorde Thought of Self-Care as an “Act of Political Warfare.”

Managing Imposter Syndrome:

Impostor Syndrome is Definitely A Thing

Dealing with Rejection:

How to Survive Rejection Repeatedly

Faking it Until You Make It:

On Confidence

You are Probably Better Than You Think

On Not Comparing Yourself to Others:

On Academic Envy