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Succeed as a Student and Secure a Career in Academia

Events & Programs / Graduate Programs

Succeed as a Student and Secure a Career in Academia

Graduate Career Support Events

No matter where you are in your graduate school journey, IHS can help you set yourself up for success in graduate school and on the academic job market.

Late-Stage Graduate Students

Prepare for the academic job market with faculty who know the process. IHS has designed these seminars to help you explore best practices for compiling dossiers, giving a successful interview, and presenting a job talk. Faculty will be on hand to address your specific questions. Participants are also automatically approved for mock interviews and dossier reviews.

These workshops take place online and feature advice and Q&A with faculty experts from various disciplines. You may register for the entire series or select the individual topics that fit your interest and schedule.

Early to Mid-Level Graduate Students

What’s really important in graduate school? Hear how leading faculty avoided the busywork in their studies and excelled at the essentials. Learn the right way to craft a research agenda, choose an advisor, get published, and much more.

Aspiring PhD Students

Graduate School 101 is an online workshop designed to help undergraduates and master’s students prepare for a PhD program.

Learn how to choose a PhD program, get accepted, develop a research agenda, and find success in your first year and beyond. You’ll also hear about how IHS can support your career with programs such as the Humane Studies Fellowship.

The schedule has been carefully designed to cover the essentials of your early graduate career, and we encourage you to attend each session to get the most from the program.

The event is held every fall. This online program is free to attend and no preparation is required.

Graduate School 101

October 22, 2022

Graduate School 101

Zoom · Event date: October 22, 2022 · Event time:1:00pm–7:00pm ET

Are you an undergraduate or MA student interested in pursuing a PhD?— Join IHS and other students from across the humanities for three faculty lectures and learn what it takes to survive and thrive in grad school. Get your questions answered by esteemed faculty members during a faculty panel and continue the conversation with your peers and faculty leaders during an evening social.


Theo Christov (George Washington University)

Peter Jaworski (Georgetown University)

Darwynn Deyo (San Jose State University)


12:45–1:00 P.M. ROOM OPENS

Peter Jaworski

2:15–2:30 P.M. BREAK

Theo Christov

3:30–3:45 P.M. BREAK
3:45 – 4:45 P.M.


4:45 – 5:00 P.M.

5:00–6:00 P.M.


Darwynn Deyo





Our 2022 Graduate Conference took place April 22-23. Check back later for our 2023 dates!

All Graduate Student Levels

Present your research online and get feedback from faculty at the annual IHS Graduate Conference. The conference offers an open and constructive forum of colleagues and friends. Faculty mentors will also share their current research, along with hard-won advice on getting published. The program is free to attend online. IHS offers a $100 honorarium to help students attend the conference.

The 2022 Graduate Conference took place April 22-23. Please reach out to if you have any questions about future Graduate Conferences

Enter the Academic Job Market with Confidence

Practice makes perfect. You can’t be too prepared for the job market. That’s why IHS connects PhD students with faculty mentors for practice interviews and feedback on dossiers. Please apply at least one month before your interview and/or application. It can take four to six weeks to review your application, match you with faculty, and schedule your interview.

Practice Interview Skills

Get connected to one to two faculty mentors from your discipline for a 30-50 minute interview that includes constructive feedback.

Get Feedback from Experts

Receive guidance from faculty on your CV, cover letter, teaching portfolio, or other materials that are relevant to your career success.

Discover an Enlightening Summer Experience through Our Junior Fellowship

For nearly 50 years, IHS has gathered the brightest minds to its Summer Seminars. Our Junior Fellowship gives the best and brightest students the opportunity to engage in those discussions and collaborate with top scholars working to advance the ideas shaping the world.

Summer Seminars Offer:


One Week of Engaging Activities

Experience a week of collaboration and discussion with other passionate liberal scholars.


Research Seminars and Supporting Lectures

Students present their work to faculty and peers for comment and discussion, supplemented by faculty lectures and panel discussions.


Book Discussions and Breakout Panels

Dive deeper into specific topics with book discussions and breakout panels designed to tailor an experience to your interests and perspectives.


Meet the Scholars

Meet scholars by participating in social events and meals. Each event gives you the opportunity to expand your network and enrich the liberal tradition and the ideas shaping the world.

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Here is the timeline for our application process:

  1. Apply for a position 
  2. An HR team member will review your application submission  
  3. If selected for consideration, you will speak with a recruiter 
  4. If your experience and skills match the role, you will interview with the hiring manager
  5. If you are a potential fit for the position, you will interview with additional staff members
  6. If you are the candidate chosen, we will extend a job offer


All candidates will be notified regarding the status of their application within two to three weeks of submission. As new positions often become available, we encourage you to visit our site frequently for additional opportunities that align with your interests and skills.