Resources for Current Students
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
NIH F31 Individual NRSA for PhD Students.
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/areas/training_and_career_development/pre-doctoral-fellowship.htm#f31aOpen Education Database's List of Graduate Scholarships (OEDb)
Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation (SMART)
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Programs
Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 1 annually
The Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) Doctoral Scholars program
Here is a link on the Georgia State URSA (University Research Services & Administration) website for a list of potential sources of fellowships:
You can sign up for a Funding Opportunities Listserv through the University:
The NI Graduate Program Policy Document describes requirements for earning an advanced degree in Neuroscience from the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. Graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute and their advisors are expected to be familiar with all of the requirements, policies, and procedures described herein. Two things of note:
- Students and their advisors are also responsible for knowing and complying with the policies and requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences as described in the Graduate Catalog.
- In general, students must adhere to the course requirements and other requirements in effect when they enroll, as described in the edition of the NI Graduate Program Policy Manual that corresponds to the year they entered. Students may elect, however, to be governed by a later edition of the NI Graduate Program Policy Manual. To do so, they must submit a request in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
The Brains & Behavior Area of Focus is an interdepartmental program that promotes research collaborations and dialog through graduate courses, lectures, grants, and much more. Researchers and students involved in this program span across the following departments:
- Computer Science
- Mathematics & Statistics
- Physics & Astronomy
The central components of this program are the Brains & Behavior
The purpose of the NGSA is to provide an association for graduate students across departments and disciplines that are focusing on neuroscience-related questions in their research as well as enhancing collaboration, support, and opportunities for graduate students in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University.
There are so many career options for trained scientists, in and out of academia.
We all know the way to go about finding academic positions, but what else is out there? This section may be helpful to any PhD students seeking employment in non-academic positions.
Q: What are my options?
Helpful articles for getting started on your search:
- 11 Careers for PhD Students
- PhD Jobs: How to Transition from Academia to Business
- Leaving Academia: How To Get A Job In Industry After Your PhD
Q: Where do I get connected?
If you haven't already, then connect with your peers and future coworkers on:
Be a part of the Atlanta community and join the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Attend lectures and events throughout the city, be a part of science education in the community and connect with like-minded researchers, the people you meet can help you move forward.
Q: What types of jobs are available?
- Columbia University Center for Career Education has compiled an exhaustive list of potential opportunities.
- Visit our NGSA page for a summary of careers outside academia as a dynamic resource for job postings.
One of the first places that scientists and engineers look for opportunities outside of the academic environment is research in industry. These positions can be a great fit for someone who still enjoys the day-to-day work of research but is looking to do it in a different context. These positions are often highly competitive and sometimes require candidates to have a couple years of postdoctoral experience. This is especially true in the biomedical sciences. Anyone searching for industry positions should take care to make sure their academic CV is transformed into something that looks more like a resume before submitting it. Use active verbs and concise descriptions of your research so that a hiring manager can quickly get a sense of the work you’ve done.
This is a collection of interviews from various representatives of the following career paths from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Beyond the Lab program.
Visit Beyond the Lab @ Vanderbilt to learn more and check for new content.
Academic Core Facility Management
Rob Carnahan, PhD, Director of Antibody and Protein Resource Core Facility, Vanderbilt University
Mary Kosinski, PhD, Clinical Director, Nusirt Biopharma
Nuruddeen Lewis, PhD, Scientist, Cellular and Translational Immunology group, EMD Serono
Faculty (Research Focus)
Nikki Cheng, PhD, Cancer Biology, Principal Investigator, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center
Puck Ohi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Faculty (Teaching Focus)
Harold Olivey, PhD, Associate Professor, Biology, Indiana University Northwest
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, Scientific Director, Tricore Laboratories
Seth Ogden, PhD, JD, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner
Sydika McKissic, PhD, Managing Director, Institute for Research on Men's Health, Vanderbilt University
Dina Stroud, PhD, Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program, Research Scientist
Research Administration (Academic)
Andrea Bauman-Carnegie, PhD, Director of Administrative Operations, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
Tom Utley, Licensing Analyst at Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Vanderbilt University
Scientific/medical writing and publishing is an excellent alternative for PhDs with strong writing skills who want to stay involved in the scientific community without spending hours in the lab or field. There are many different contexts in which a PhD can use writing skills: large and small scientific journals, medical writing companies that produce content for pharmaceutical companies, and technology companies that need strong writers to produce "how-to" content. Academic and technical journals, in particular, prefer hiring PhDs for editing positions; however, publishing firms in a variety of fields also seek PhDs for editing, marketing, sales, production, design, information technology, and business positions.
The federal government has a long history of hiring engineers and other holders of advanced degrees in the sciences. These people work in jobs ranging from international development to systems design for NASA. Furthermore, because of the rapid advances in biotechnology over the past decade, as well as the threat posed by biological warfare and emerging diseases, much of the government’s critical national security research is now in the biological sciences. Because government scientists are generally engaged in primary research, almost all of them tend to hold advanced degrees (PhDs or MDs).
- Partnership for Public Service
- Making the Difference
- Department of Defense
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Department of Transportation
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of Energy
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of the Interior
- Department of Health and Human Services
- National Institutes of Health
- National Science Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control
- U.S. Agency for International Development
- Food and Drug Administration
- National Security Administration
- Department of State
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
In addition to the more research-focused roles described above, many scientists have satisfying work making and influencing national policy. These roles exist both within the federal government and in the many nonprofit organizations that work to influence policy on wide range of issues—the environment, science education, healthcare, and energy, for example. Below you'll find links to fellowships in this area and the major job database for not-for-profit positions.
Patent agents or scientific advisors at law firms assist firm partners in due diligence, litigation, opinions, and other tasks similar to those of associates, but do not hold law degrees (although advanced science degrees are required). A scientific advisor at a law firm will deal with cutting-edge science every day, and this kind of work has the potential to expose the employee to a broader range of science and technology than would a career in research.
PhDs who are hired as scientific advisors do not have to go to law school but are often expected to become patent agents and to draft, prosecute, and secure patents. Some firms will pay for an employee’s law school in order for him or her to become a patent attorney. Look for law firms with a focus on intellectual property.