Graduate School 101 is an online workshop designed to help undergraduates and master’s students thrive in their doctoral studies. 

Join our esteemed faculty in exploring how to choose a PhD program, get accepted, develop a research agenda, and find success in your first year and beyond. You’ll also learn how IHS can support your career with programs like the Humane Studies Fellowship.

Graduate school was something I always considered but never knew if I’d be able to do. It all felt so foreign and I didn’t know what it took to complete a PhD. I feel so much more confident in myself and my abilities and feel that I’m on the right path because of this workshop.
– Recent Attendee

What to expect

The event will be held across the afternoons of October 23-24. This online program is free to attend and no preparation is required. Space is limited. Registration deadline is October 16.

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. 

If you have any questions regarding this year’s Graduate School 101 workshop, please email us at

2020 Speakers

Prof. Richard Bell
History, University of Maryland

Prof. Ryan Hanley
Political Theory, Boston College

Prof. Mark LeBar
Philosophy, Florida State University

Dr. Jayme Lemke
Economics, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Example Schedule

Friday, October 23

1:00pm ET–Faculty Lecture: Before You Apply 
2:30pm ET–Faculty Lecture: Preparing Cover Letters & Writing Samples
3:45pm ET–Break
4:15pm ET–Faculty Lecture: Doing the Work
5:45pm ET–Evening Social

Saturday, October 24

1:00pm ET–Faculty Lecture: How to Think about Research
2:30pm ET–Faculty Panel: New Research Directions in the Liberal Tradition
3:30pm ET–Break
4:00pm ET–Disciplinary Breakouts
5:00pm ET–Closing Remarks

Graduate School 101 Application Form

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Graduate School 101 event.
Please check back at a later date for future Graduate School 101 events.