Our resource collection is a living page that is continually growing as we find, gather, and learn about new resources connected to innovative humanities graduate education. The resource collection includes links to the work of symposium speakers and guests, scholarly sources, public scholarship, and graduate programs and resources from across the country.

Please check back often, as this collection is currently under construction and will be regularly updated throughout the Humanities for the Public Good grant project. If you would like to add a resource to the list, please email

Inspired by U-M Professional Development Resources for Humanities Graduate Students.

Career Exploration Resources:

ImaginePhD: ImaginePhDis a free online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Users can assess skills, interests, and values; create goals; explore career paths; and map out plans.

#Alt-Academy:  #Alt-Academy is a multifaceted community-building and publishing project, with users able to freely publish and comment on relevant work, along with edited “clusters” of content on the website’s homepage. Additionally, the website works to build a community with a public database of “alt-academics,” featuring brief bios and social media information.

Versatile PhD: Geared toward institutions of higher education, Versatile PhD provides paying subscribers with a wealth of resources, including a career discovery and networking course, career planner tools, and networking and job search functions.

Humanities for All: An initiative of the National Humanities Alliance Foundation, Humanities for All showcases the full range of these higher ed-based publicly engaged humanities initiatives, presenting a cross-section of over 1,500 undertaken over the past decade from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This collection includes a wide range of humanities projects that engage with diverse publics as audiences and as partners.

What is a Dissertation? Template for New Models, Methods and Media: This “honor roll” of graduate students gives credit to the individuals and institutions who are doing innovative work in the academic humanities. The document is hosted by the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center CUNY and HASTAC, both free, open, and not-for-profit organizations. It is a document for information sharing that can serve as a model and guide for others. It is easier to find approval for your own work when you can pint to precedents and models!

Funding/Grant Resources:

Musings on Grant Writing: UCSB Academic Coordinator Elina Salminen shares tips and tricks for the grant-writing process for her graduate institution, the University of Michigan. 

Digital Humanities NowThis site aggregates content from sites, blogs, and more, to share high-quality digital humanities scholarship. Additionally, the homepage features a running list of job announcements, funding opportunities, and more.

Iowa Grant Bulletin: This webpage features a variety of grant opportunities—ranging from small to large—and allows users to sort funding opportunities by area.

Networking/Informational Interview Resources:

Informational Interviewing: This page provides details on the process of informational interviewing, with advice at every step.

Informational Interview Questions: Here, you’ll find a list of possible questions to ask during informational interviews, which can easily be tailored to meet your specific needs.

 Academic Job Search Resources:

Writing a Research Statement: Duke University Student Affairs provides both content- and format-based guidance on how to approach writing a research statement for academic job applications.

Writing a Philosophy of Teaching StatementThe Ohio State University breaks down the philosophy of teaching statement’s purpose, offers formatting suggestions, and includes examples of effective statements in various fields.

On-Campus Resources: 

University of Iowa Rhetoric Centers: The Writing Center, Speaking Center, and Conversation Center offer a variety of services for both students and teachers. These services include assistance with writing projects large and small; feedback and guidance on oral communication (from class presentations and interviews to more informal public speaking); and interpersonal and intercultural communication skills, respectively.

University of Iowa Graduate Certificate Programs: The Graduate College offers more than 20 certificates for graduate students in a wide variety of areas including teaching, business analytics, informatics, digital humanities, and multicultural competencies. These certificates can be an excellent way to expand your educational and research experiences and pursue more interdisciplinary approaches to your research. If you’re interested in pursuing a graduate certificate, be sure to consult with your director of graduate studies to discuss what types of overlap your degree program and the certificate might have.