Professional Advancement and Training for Humanities Scholars

PATHS is an NEH-funded initiative that prepares UChicago Ph.D. students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to make an impact in the world. PATHS programs and resources help participants chart a course for their professional training toward careers in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

Implemented by UChicagoGRAD, PATHS features workshops, internship opportunities, conversations with alumni, career advising, fellowship advising, writing advising, oral communications advising, and training in the public and digital humanities—all tailored to the needs of humanities Ph.D. students. Past programs have included a “Publishing in Popular Media Outlets” workshop, a “Digital Literacy for Humanists” mini course, and a “Career Conversation” with professionals working in academic publishing.

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Online Career Exploration Tools

  • Versatile Ph.D. allows you to explore career options and see samples of successful job documents from humanities Ph.D. recipients.  Access premium content by logging into GRAD Gargoyle and clicking “Versatile Ph.D.” in the quick links on the right-hand side.
  • ImaginePhD is a free online individual development tool designed specifically for doctoral students and alumni in the humanities and social sciences. ImaginePhD guides users to identify their skills, values and interests and to explore job families that best fit their individual needs.

External Resources and Initiatives

  • The Modern Language Association’s Connected Academics initiative includes an advice blog, toolkits, discussion groups, and resources on specific career tracks.
  • American Historical Association’s Career Diversity for Historians effort includes a mentorship network, personal narratives, and a data visualization tool that provides program-level information about the outcomes of History PhDs.
  • The Paideia Institute’s Legion Project shares the career stories of holders of Classics PhDs. It also functions as a network of these “Legionnaires.”
  • The American Philosophical Association publishes Beyond Academia, a handbook for philosophers interested in pursuing careers outside of academia.
  • The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent humanities PhD alumni into two-year, full-time positions at governmental, cultural, and community organizations.
  • Humanities Without Walls prepares a cohort of doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops in Chicago.