More and more people are applying to do a PhD. What many don’t know is it takes serious skills to do one – and, more importantly, complete it.
When colleges and universities provide better funding for Ph.D. students, more students – especially students of color – apply.
A PhD isn’t a golden ticket to success, but it is a brilliant opportunity to “flex your academic muscles and learn a lot about yourself”.
Graduate programs can be rich in scholarship and still prepare students for real-world careers.
Three women of color with Ph.D.s weigh in on their experience being in the academic field.
Fellowships should recognise that women may have different responsibilities when it comes to domestic chores and care of the family. This influences their academic opportunities and career choices.
There is no pleasure without pain in the doctoral journey, but with the right frame of mind and supportive supervisors, the joys certainly outweigh the suffering.
If South Africa focuses on getting more PhDs, universities will also increase other graduates in the pipeline.
PhD students can’t wait for universities and governments to reconcile the demands for a more educated workforce and a scarcity of academic jobs – they should plan their own careers.
Lack of access to resources is a big problem for postdoctoral researchers.
For most people, the idea of academia and heavy metal coming together under a single roof represents a paradox. It’s a misplaced assumption built on ingrained ideas about these two cultural forms.
Mindfulness exercises can help PhD students manage the stress of completing their thesis.
Completion rates for PhD courses are very low. Here are some things students, supervisors and universities can do to help support these students through to completion.
There’s strong evidence that, all things being equal, leading South African universities provide “world class” training at PhD level.
Australia produces nearly 10,000 PhD graduates each year. What happens to them next?
There are currently far too few vacant academic jobs in Australia each year to employ all our PhD students. It’s time to rethink the training of doctoral students.
Many young academics and those who might be considering an academic career will be horrified by what’s unfolding at South Africa’s institution. Will bright minds be lost?
Australia produces thousands of PhD graduates every year but many will find it hard to secure a university career. So we should do more to help them consider a career outside of academia.
Many people are left floundering when they try to get working on their PhDs. In Africa, this is often because the skills they need haven’t been developed earlier in their academic careers.
Reforming Australia’s research training system and providing more funding support could help increase PhD completion rates for Indigenous students.