Early Graduate

Early Graduate Stage

If you are in the first half of your PhD program or working on Master’s level coursework, you can find information on how to network with professors and colleagues, tips and techniques for publishing papers in journals, conducting research, obtaining funds for research and study, and much more.  This information will help you prepare for your final stage in graduate school as you look forward to writing your dissertation and establish stronger professional relationships with your colleagues and professors.

For more advice read our academic career guide Scaling the Ivory Tower. In addition, we have the mentoring resource page, advice from IHS faculty, and a page highlighting what IHS can do for you.

Networking

For all things in life, networking is an important skill to develop. Dr. Nigel Ashford’s Networking Notes are a great place to start learning about networking. Another good place to start for academics is IHS’ Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students. As a graduate student you will have more opportunities to attend conferences.  Phil Magness has advice on Attending Conferences Cheaply  and Jacob Levy has general advice about Attending Academic Conferences. Some other bits of networking advice include: Three Things You Should Never Say to a Mentor,  Using Social Media to your Advantage as an Academic, and Be Bold!

Dr. Nigel Ashford’s Networking Notes
Can I Afford This Conference? Attending Conferences Cheaply with Phil Magness
Three Things You Should Never Say to a Mentor
Jacob Levy on Attending Academic Conferences
Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students
Using Social Media to your Advantage as an Academic
Be Bold!
Why You Need Mentors
Finding a Mentor
Make the Most of Your Travels
Drinking Etiquette for Graduate Students with Professor Jeremy Horpedahl
Writing Better Email: Subject Lines
Don’t Be A Lunch Tax
Coming to Terms with the Job Market as a Grad Student: Professionalism and Gratitude
Attending Conferences as a Philosophical Outsider: One Graduate Student’s Experience
Be A Colleague, Not A Pest
Two Things to Consider When Developing an E-Portfolio
Dressing Etiquette: What is Business Casual?
Lunch Is An Opportunity
Productive Hanging Out
Dr. Steve Davies on Selling Yourself
Jacob Levy on Attending Academic Conferences
“So, What Do You Work On?”: The Academic Elevator Pitch

Applying

If you are not yet a graduate student and are still looking around we have some useful advice for Choosing a Graduate School. IHS’ also has A Career Development Guide for Students hoping to become academics or you can pick up a copy of this cheap ebook: Everything You Need to Know about Academia from Admissions to Tenure. Dr Steve Davies has advice on Research Topics and Applying to Grad School, we also have some tips about Reference Letters,  and how to Be Knowledgeable about Graduate Program Job Placements and Rankings. Since you are already here at IHS Academic you should definitely check out How IHS Program Officers Can Help You.  If you want more specific advice on certain graduate programs we have: Economics(and whether You should Pursue a PHD in Economics),  Political ScienceInternational RelationsPhilosophy,  and  Law.

Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors
How IHS Program Officers Can Help You
Be Bold!
Everything You Need to Know about Academia from Admissions to Tenure
History Graduate Program Rankings and Job Placement Records
Dr. Steve Davies – Research Topics and Applying to Grad School
Dr. Steve Davies – Developing Future Research Interests As a Grad Student
Economics Graduate Program Rankings and Job Placement Records
Advice on Applying to a Political Science Graduate Program
Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students
Should You Pursue a PHD in Economics

Interview

How IHS Program Officers Can Help You
Succeeding in the World of Ideas: A Career Development Guide for Students
Steve Davies: The Job Interview
The Question within the Question: What Interviewers Are Really Asking

Funding

Depending on how you got through your undergraduate education getting funding for Graduate school may be completely new to you. Whether you need help Writing Proposals, obtaining research funding, or just some general Tips and Pitfalls for Research Funding we’ve got help for you. If you need additional advice or help, remember that we also have IHS Program Officers.

The Art of Writing Proposals
How IHS Program Officers Can Help You
Podcast: Mike Munger on obtaining research funding
Tips and Pitfalls for Research Funding in Grad School
Creative Research Funding Tips
Etiquette for Emailing Scholarship Programs

Publishing/Writing

We have a lot of advice and tips for writing academic papers, because aside from being an important skill to master as a graduate student it is also not easy to do well. We have Steven Horwitz’s Guide to Writing Formal Academic Papers, Bad Titles Hurt Good Papers, and Lots of Advice on Writing Well and Often. Even if you know how to write a paper there is still a lot to learn about where to publish: Should I Publish in a Mainstream or Classical Liberal JournalTyler Cowen on Academic Publishing, Find the Right Journal for Your Paper, Glenn Reynolds on e-Publishing, History Journals, Philosophy Journals, and Get it Published. Even if you don’t manage to get into the journal, or get published, we have advice for When They Reject Your Paper, and What to Do with Your Rejected Paper.  If it all looks new and unfamiliar to you, at least Google is still your friend: Using Google Scholar To Your Advantage and Google Scholar Opens Up Its Citations.

Should I Publish in a Mainstream or Classical Liberal Journal
So They Rejected Your Paper
What to Do with Your Rejected Paper
Bad Titles Hurt Good Papers
Find the Right Journal for Your Paper
Get it Published
What Should You Do With a Paper After It’s Been Published?
Steve Horwitz’s Guide to Writing Formal Academic Papers
Lots of Advice on Writing Well and Often
Google Scholar Opens Up Its Citations
Using Google Scholar To Your Advantage
Glenn Reynolds on e-Publishing
Tyler Cowen on Academic Publishing
The Art of Writing Proposals
Submitting Papers to Journals: History
Submitting Papers to Journals: Philosophy
Why Submit Your Work to Academic Journals?
Dealing With Rejection From Academic Journals
What To Do When An Academic Journal Accepts Your Work
Guides to Scholarly Publishing
Becoming a Public Intellectual: Writing Op-Eds
Becoming a Public Intellectual: Inspiration for Op-Eds
Writing Op-Eds as an Academic
Thomas Sowell: Some Thoughts about Writing
Dr. Steve Davies – You Are A Writer
Writing Your Dissertation and Setting a Research Agenda: An interview with Dr. Mike Munger
eCrack is Hazardous to Your Dissertation’s Health
Podcast: Writing for the Media as Academics
Roundup: Advice on Academic Writing

Research

Dr. Steve Davies – Research Topics and Applying to Grad School
Dr. Steve Davies – Developing Future Research Interests As a Grad Student
Maximizing and Measuring the Impact of your Research
Academic Tech: Reasons to Consider An eReader for Academic Research
What Can Google Scholar Do For You?
Stay Up To Date on Recent Scholarship with Content Alerts
Podcast: Recapping the Southern Economic Association Conference
The Impact of Digital Media on the Academic Community
Will the Digitization of Documents Change the Way We Research?

Time Management

Podcast: Time Management and Setting Priorities in Grad School
History Academic Calendar – Conferences and Job Market
Timeline for Philosophy Grad Students
Graduate School Timeline: How to Finish Your Dissertation on Time
Podcast: Beginning Graduate School with Dr. Bill Glod, Part 1

 

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