Graduate Student Resources
CLA supports PhD graduates seeking non-academic careers
The leadership of the College of Liberal arts is committed to ensuring that each CLA PhD graduate finds a job that is professionally rewarding, intellectually stimulating, and paid commensurate with the qualifications and abilities of the candidate. However, this goal cannot be met solely by focusing on the academic market. The academic market for humanities and social sciences has been compressing for decades due to demographic shifts and topical interest. We need to start looking more at non-academic jobs for PhDs and to imagine career paths outside academia.
The College is engaged in a campaign to increase the number of PhD graduates that find within three years of their successful dissertation defense stable and satisfying jobs. The campaign will include on campus job-hunting workshops, career fairs, alumni networking events and direct job-seeking counseling and support. To the end, we present below a toolkit of resources with instructions as to how to use them. If you need more information, please contact Dr. Amruta Inamdar, Career Services Consultant, Amanda Garman, CLA career services expert, or Dr. Sorin Adam Matei, the Associate Dean of Graduate Education. Core job searching tools for identifying non-academic jobs.
This list was shared with CLA by Dr. Inamdar.
3. Purdue CCO
4. AHA & MLA (exemplary work on career development for grad students)
* Useful links on AHA page: www.historians.org/jobs-and-professional-development/career-resources (especially check the Featured Career Resources)
* Useful links on MLA page: www.mla.org/Resources/Career/Career-Resources From this page, I would highlight AAAS reports/research on Humanities in the Workforce: www.humanitiesindicators.org/content/indicatorDoc.aspx?i=10#
* Two-part blogposts on the PhD Employment Problem, though they are based on data up to 2011: mlaresearch.mla.hcommons.org/2014/02/26/our-phd-employment-problem/ and mlaresearch.mla.hcommons.org/2014/03/11/our-phd-employment-problem-part-2/ Connected Academics: connect.mla.hcommons.org/
Purdue Incentive Grants
College of Liberal Arts graduate students can earn up to $250 from the Purdue Graduate School when you meet all eligibility requirements and submit proof that you applied for an eligible national fellowship like the NSF, NDSEG, or DOE fellowships. Learn more about Purdue’s Incentive Grant HERE.
About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP)
*Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only
The Purdue Fellowship Office provides workshops, webinars, and writing coaching for the NSF GRFP as well as other graduate fellowships. Students are encouraged to attend the grantsmanship sessions posted for registration at the following URL:
Students are also encouraged to check out the Fellowship Office webpage at the URL below for resources.
There are a wide variety of fellowships available to CLA graduate students. Typically, these fellowships fund student research either within or outside of the university. You can find information about all available fellowships here.
NSF Fellowship Workshop
CLA provided faculty-driven workshops in the past, focused on the process of applying to NSF, GRFP, & DDRIG fellowships and grants, tailored specifically to those in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The PowerPoint presentations accessible at the links provided below serve as guides for those who intend to apply for the NSF (National Science Foundation) GRFP (Graduate Research Fellowship Program) or DDRIG (Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant). The presentations detail the ‘how’s’ of applying, from grant-writing to the review process.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Purdue has developed its own statement regarding honesty and integrity of research endeavors. The graduate school recommends attending workshops, online training/modules, and becoming familiar with college and departmental standards of RCR. Links to register for RCR workshops are also included.
This PDF introduces NVivo data analysis software – a tools for any discipline within the College of Liberal Arts. NVivo serves as a resource for qualitative and mixed methods research, including data visualization & report creation from coding of your research. This software is freely available to all of those at Purdue. This powerpoint presentation provides a tutorial on how to begin using NVivo: