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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D, but not sure where to start — or which program is the right fit for your interest?

This event has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.  Check back for dates in spring 2022.

UC Berkeley has created a series of virtual workshops to help prospective doctoral students understand how Ph.D. programs differ from other graduate degrees, and how to find the right match for your interests and goals. We’ll walk you step-by-step through the admissions process, provide tips for developing high-caliber application materials, and demystify how graduate funding works. 

This free online bootcamp series was developed specifically for underrepresented minority students considering graduate school, though it is open to all attendees. 

Eligibility

This bootcamp is for U.S. residents, U.S. citizens, or graduates of/ students attending an institution of higher education in the U.S. or U.S. territories. If you are interested in future, similar events, please complete our event interest form.

Bootcamp Sessions, Spring 2021

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First Things First: Demystifying the Ph.D.

Learn about how doctoral programs differ from other professional and graduate programs, and if a Ph.D. program might be right for you. We’ll demystify the funding process, discuss how admissions committees review applicants, and provide tips on how to identify and contact faculty in your program of interest.

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Ph.D. Options for My Discipline, Starting with the End in Mind: Developing a Competitive Application

Discipline-Specific Workshop: Applying to STEM Programs

Learn about what types of graduate programs are possible for students in your discipline and undergraduate major. Meet faculty, experts, current graduate students, and alumni in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and hear their recommendations for successfully navigating the STEM application process and succeeding in graduate school.

Discipline-Specific Workshop: Applying to Social Science and Humanities Programs

Learn about what types of graduate programs are possible for students in your discipline, and undergraduate major. Meet faculty, experts, current graduate students, and alumni in the humanities and social sciences and hear their recommendations for successfully navigating the application process and succeeding in graduate school.

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How to Find Your Researcher Identity

Hear from current graduate students about how to develop your identity as a researcher, what tools and support you need to thrive in a research setting, and who to reach out to for support in identifying and pursuing your research focus.

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Closer to Achieving the Dream

In this final session, learn how to grow and strengthen your recommender relationship, organize and track admissions deadlines, write a strong diversity statement, manage rejection, and choose the right institution.

If you require accommodations in order to fully participate, please reach out to us at grad.diversity@berkeley.edu with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.