Professional Development Resources for Doctoral Students

GSAS Professional Development Programs

These GSAS and Columbia programs below allow advanced doctoral students to gain valuable professional experience and leverage campus resources.

Financial Planning Tips

Read personal financial management expert Shahar Ziv’s 10 Financial Planning Tips for Graduate Students.

Funding to Attend Conferences

The GSAS Conference Matching Travel Fund provides support for graduate students in the Arts and Sciences to present at conferences.

Career Support

These services offered by the Center for Career Education (CCE) help PhD students to explore professional paths and achieve their career goals.

Developing Job Search Documents and a Portfolio

The following CCE resources can assist students in developing their online presence and job application materials.

Visit LionSHARE to find upcoming skill-building workshops offered by CCE.

Mapping Your Career Journey

Below are self-assessment tools to identify skills, interests, and values, and resources for learning about employers.

Self-Paced Career Exploration

Subscription & Digital Resources


There are several ways for PhD students to make valuable professional connections with employers, Columbia alumni, and peers: