Grad School Resources


While there are many strategies, the key to determining the right graduate program and school for you is to understand where you are likely to succeed, your personal preferences for community, and where each program can take you. GradSchoolShopper has developed the following resources to help you find your future in the physical sciences.



Advice and Timelines

Plan accordingly and equip yourself with invaluable advice on how to navigate through the grad school admission process. Use the timeline to better organize a clear path as you plan out your year leading up to the completion of your application.

Graduate School Road Map (Download)

A guide to choosing the right grad program

Thinking About Graduate School: A How-to Guide to Choosing Good Options (Download)

Application Timeline (Download)
Follow this application timeline to help guide you through the grad school admissions process.


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Financial Aid and Increasing Access

Not sure how to go about funding your education? Here you will find an abundance of information about financial aid, tuition resources, and different funding options you can explore to effectively fund your graduate education. Also, read about Bridge Programs that seek to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to traditionally underrepresented populations.

Bridge Programs
The American Physical Society Bridge Program (APS-BP) aims to increase physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students. APS-BP creates sustainable transition (bridge) programs and a national network of doctoral granting institutions that provide substantial mentoring for PhD students.

Funding your STEM Graduate Education
Watch free webinars and get tips from recent graduates who successfully funded their own education by using the different types of funding options. Teaching assistantships (T.A.), research assistantships (R.A.), and fellowships are just some of the options you can explore to fund your STEM education. 


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More Grad School Resources

Need more information? Check out these resources.

Data on Graduate Education in Physics & Astronomy
Explore trends in physics & astronomy PhDs for enrollments and degree production, including student demographics, educational experience, and post-degree plans. 

Everything You Need to Know About Getting into a Physics Grad Program
There are a wealth of articles on grad school within The Observer, the Society of Physics Students' quarterly magazine for undergraduates in physics. 

Astrobites Graduate School
A daily astrophysical literature journal written by graduate students in astronomy since 2010. Read Astrobites' advice about grad school and the grad school experience.

Grad School FAQ
University of Oregon Department of Physics came up with a list of frequently asked questions about grad school such as: Should I choose a Master's or PhD program? How do I go about applying to grad school? What can I do with an advanced degree? Check out all the questions in the FAQ link above. 

Pathways to Science
Programs and resources for prospective and current STEM graduate students - including funding opportunities and professional development programs and resources.

Find a Career in Physics
A key resource after you graduate, find advice articles, networking webinars, hiring tips, career pathway Q&As from physical science professionals and the latest open positions on Physics Today Jobs. 

Prepare for Your Career with Physics Today
As a leader in physics news, the community relies on Physics Today to keep them up to date with developments across the physical sciences. Keep Physics Today with you as you advance in your career to stay connected and prepared with the latest. Sign up for free enews via the link above and stay ahead. 

Physics Careers Toolbox
The Careers Toolbox, from the Society of Physics Students, focuses on undergraduate physics students entering the workforce after graduation. But even students who choose to go to graduate school will eventually be looking for a job! Many of these tools can be applied to finding internships, research positions, or even entrance into graduate programs.