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Graduate Student Resources

Professional Development Resources at Stanford for Doctoral Students in the Humanities and Arts

General Resources

BEAM, Stanford Career Education

Career coaching appointments, workshops, and networking events for both academic and non-academic job searches

Haas Center for Public Service

Opportunities for service and community-engaged scholarship

Humanities Public Writing Project

Hone your skills at writing about the humanities for non-academic audiences.

Pathways for Humanities PhDs

Workshop series exploring the many different career possibilities for doctoral students in the humanities and arts.

Stanford PhD Alumni Employment Project

Learn about the career outcomes of past Stanford PhD graduates

Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE)

Central hub for graduate professional development programs across all disciplines

Teaching Opportunities and Careers

Collaborative Teaching Project in the Humanities

Design and co-teach humanities courses with Stanford faculty

English Department Conferences on Teaching Careers

Watch videos of past conferences on high school and community college careers

Find Grad Teaching Opportunities

Comprehensive list of grad teaching opportunities on and off campus

Humanities Education Focal Group (HEFG)

Workshop series on professional issues in humanities teaching

Placement Agencies for Independent Schools

Private high schools often recruit teachers through national placement agencies: 

Preparing Future Professors (PFP)

Learn what it is like to be a professor at a large public university, liberal arts college, or community college by shadowing faculty at local schools. Apply in early spring or fall.

Stanford-CUNY Graduate Teaching Exchange

Teach your own fall-quarter lecture course at the City University of New York. Apply in March.

Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)

Renowned MA certification program for public high school teachers. Apply in January. 

(Note: the H-STEP Fellowship, which used to fund humanities doctoral graduates in this program, has been discontinued).

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL)

Offers programs and resources to enhance teaching

Careers in Higher Education Administration

PhD Pathways in Higher Education

Explore non-faculty careers in academic administration

Careers in Business, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program

External fellowship that places recent humanities PhD graduates in two-year staff positions in government and nonprofit organizations. Apply in spring.

Stanford Ignite

Subsidized summer program at the GSB in business fundamentals. Apply in March.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP)

Entrepreneurship education center at the School of Engineering. Open to all disciplines.

Discipline-Specific Resources for Non-Faculty Careers

American Historical Association

Career Diversity for Historians

American Philosophical Association

Beyond Academia: Professional Opportunities for Philosophers

Modern Language Association

Connected Academics (non-faculty career resources for language and literature PhDs)

The Paideia Institute

The Legion Project (non-faculty career resources for Classics PhDs)