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Paths to PhD

Interested in pursuing a PhD in Psychology?

Join Stanford Psychology graduate students, research assistants, and faculty for a FREE one-day information session and workshop for those considering applying to research positions and PhD programs.

This year's Paths to PhD event will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 am – 7 pm. All meals will be provided!*

The deadline to apply is September 14, 2018. The event has already occurred; check back next year.

Sessions and panels include:

  • Why a PhD in psychology?
  • How to choose a program
  • Navigating the admissions process
  • Crafting a compelling application

The Stanford Psychology Department is committed to building an inclusive field. We strongly encourage applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, including (but not limited to) women, people of color, first-generation college students, and those from low-income backgrounds. Interested applicants from any institution or organizationare invited to apply! Unfortunately, we are unable to provide funding for transportation to the event other than local ground transportation on a need-basis.

*Please note that overnight accommodation cannot be provided.


"The panels were extremely well planned, informative, and thoughtful. I was amazed by how supportive and honest everyone was in sharing their personal experiences in applying to grad school, as well as sharing invaluable pieces of advice. It was so cool hearing about other people's researchpassions,andinspiring to see the limitless potential in the field... I arrived feeling apprehensive about everything to do with grad school, but after a day of talking with/learning from other grad students, I left feeling excited and motivated about pursuing my passions. I only wish that everyone wanting to pursue aPhDbut deterred by the confusing process could attend this kind of an event."

"My favorite part of the event was getting to hear everyone's perspectives on pursuing graduate school as well as the one-on-one time crafting our applications. The ability to ask questions and get feedback was really beneficial. Thank you to all of the kind and welcoming faces!"

"I honestly cannot say I can think of any way I would have done a better job running the event. The event exceeded all of my expectations, which were hightobegin with. I found the event to be extremely helpful and informative and I feel that my understanding of thePhD applicationprocess has been enhanced tremendously."