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2021 Call for Submissions

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The 2021 Call for Submissions is Closed. 

Read below to learn more about the Call for Submissions process for this first Collection. Future Collections will focus on other professional develompent competency areas. To be notified about this Collection or future opportunities, join our listserv.

Though this Call for Submissions is closed, we are interested in learning more about educational models in the graduate and postdoctoral education community! We welcome you to reach out to tell us more about your work in this space.

2021 Collection Topic: Career Exploration

The Collection being developed in 2021 (for launch in 2022) is focused on career exploration* for STEMM PhD graduate students and postdocs. Collections launched in future years will focus on other professional development competencies.

*What is meant by “career exploration”?

Career exploration is a developmental process, involving self-assessment, reflection, information gathering, and trying out tasks. Social sciences research underscores the complexity of this developmental process. To prepare graduate students and postdocs for transitions into satisfying careers, it is essential to look beyond simple career awareness or knowledge about available career options, and support students and postdocs in developing skills in career exploration and decision-making that will serve them well through future career transitions. In addition, support for career exploration might also include developing peer learning community structures, normalizing the complexity of career identity formation and intersecting identities, or facilitating career-specific mentorship. This Collection will feature educational approaches that support the developmental process of career exploration. 

What is the submission process?

If you think you might be interested, please submit a pre-application! The pre-application phase is designed as a brief survey to share basics about your educational approach. The pre-application takes approximately 1 hour to complete, and will be internally evaluated for fit with the Collection.  Preview questions via this pre-application template (Microsoft Word document). After filling out the template, submit your responses at the pre-application portal via this survey link. Pre-applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on July 28, 2021.

A subset of pre-applicants will be invited to submit a full application to the Collection. Full applications will be assessed via peer review. For those submissions advanced to the final round, authors will be interviewed to inform selection of models and Fellows for the Collection (more about the Fellow role).

What characteristics are you seeking in submissions?

This call for submissions is deliberately non-prescriptive. We seek to build a Collection that represents a diversity of approaches, and can be applicable across a diversity of programs or organizations. Some models (i.e., courses, workshops, peer group structures, etc.) in the Collection may require in-depth resources (collaborative departments, staffing, etc.) to implement; others may necessitate few resources. Importantly, we seek models for which one (perhaps two) author(s) is interested in being a recognized leader of the pd|hub community, engaged in providing guidance to other educators seeking to adapt and implement your model. Learn more about these expectations and their associated benefits and opportunities.

Only approaches that have been used with STEMM PhD students or postdocs will be considered to become a model in the Collection, though submissions across all disciplines (including the humanities and social sciences) are welcomed to provide a broader sense of approaches in predoctoral/postdoctoral education. Models specialized for certain STEMM programs (such as chemistry PhD or biomedical MD/PhD) will be considered. We, in particular, encourage submissions that facilitate efforts to make STEMM more equitable, just, and inclusive. If you have further questions about the fit of your approach, we encourage you to simply submit a pre-application, or contact us.

Want to learn more?  Attend an information session

Open-forum Question & Answer sessions are scheduled for Friday, July 9 at 12-1pm ET and Wednesday, July 14 at 2-3pm ET (download presentation slides). These sessions are meant to provide an opportunity for participants to ask program-related questions and address questions about the call for submissions. The sessions will not be recorded, but FAQs will be provided on this webpage (below) to address common questions.

Further questions?

FAQ: Frequently asked questions

  • What is the deadline to submit the pre-application?
    • Update: In order to accommodate our colleagues on the West Coast, we have extended the deadline to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, July 28,2021.
  • How do I save my pre-application and return to it later?
    • At this time it is not possible for you to save your progress in the application portal. Therefore, we encourage you to prepare your responses in the Microsoft Word template so that you can copy them into the pre-application portal.
  • What if I need to make changes to my pre-application after I have submitted it?
    • You can resubmit your pre-application by completing a new pre-application before the deadline. We will look for duplicate submissions via author and title, and will only review the pre-application with the most recent timestamp.
  • How many applications can an author be listed on? Are there institutional limits on the number of submissions?
    • There is no limit to the number of applications an author can be listed on. There is also not a limit on the number of applications submitted from a single institution.
  • If a model can be implemented in multiple formats (e.g., in-person, virtually, individually, programmatically, etc.) should it be submitted multiple times?
    • Include your model as one submission. You can note in the description that it has been implemented in multiple ways.
  • If a model has been published, can it still be submitted to the collection?
    • The pd|hub Collections dissemination model can complement other modes of dissemination. As is appropriate for any dissemination opportunity, authors should discuss this opportunity with co-authors of the original work, and be aware of any restrictions from other publishers involved.
  • Does the model need to focus on exploring careers outside of academia?
    • Some career exploration programs/courses/etc. may introduce the career exploration process, teach skills for career exploration, or facilitate learners’ career exploration in the context of a specific career area (e.g., academic careers, industry-oriented careers, business-oriented careers in science, etc.). Others may do so in a way that more broadly addresses any career paths of interest. We welcome submissions with any of these foci.
  • Does the model need to focus on STEMM doctoral students and postdoctoral trainees?
    • At this time, we are interested in understanding the variety of approaches being used in graduate and postdoctoral education, and encourage anyone interested to submit a pre-application. If your model has only been implemented with learners in other disciplines or other training/career stages and it is moved on to the next submission phase, you may be asked at that time about ways the model is likely to be applicable or adaptable for STEMM PhD/postdoctoral learners.
  • How do I know if my educational approach is sufficiently "evidence-based" for the Collections?
    • The pre-application phase focuses on the description of your course, workshop, peer group, or other model that you are submitting. Through this phrase, we look forward to learning about a wide diversity of approaches. We recognize and value that many of the strongest approaches across graduate/postdoctoral education are still growing in evidence-basis, and we are developing resources to support the field in achieving this. We encourage you to submit a pre-application!
  • Who should be included as an author at the pre-application phase?
    • Authors should be people who are involved in the development, teaching, facilitation, implementation, evaluation, or other work with the model.
  • Who should be listed as the lead author on a submission?
    • The person listed as first author should be the person who plans to work closely with pd|hub on dissemination activities (learn more about expectations here).
  • Are there eligibility requirements (e.g., level of education or disciplinary background, certification, etc.) to be an author on a pre-application?
    • We encourage submissions from individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Anyone who has an interest in contributing to this effort is encouraged to submit a pre-application.
  • Will the lead author be the only one who will be compensated?
    • The $5,000/year (for 2.5 years) is intended to support dissemination. Only the lead author selected to work closely with pd|hub on dissemination activities will be paid this (learn more about author expectations here).
  • Are there restrictions on who can receive an honorarium (e.g., government employee, non-immigrant visa holder, etc.)?
    • We are looking into this, and can work with applicants on a case-by-case basis. At this point in the process, we encourage you to submit the brief pre-application if you are interested in participating.
  • What are the time commitments and expectations of the Fellow if the model is selected for the Collection?
    • One (in special cases, perhaps two) author(s) will work closely with pd|hub as a Fellow for dissemination of the model. We anticipate that the time commitment for this author will be approximately 4-8 hours per month over the 2.5-year experience (expectations are described here).
  • Will authors be acknowledged on their model?
    • One of our core values is the recognition of the expertise and contributions of the people working in the field of graduate/postdoctoral education.
  • How many applications do you expect to select for the first Collection?
    • We anticipate 4-6 models in this Collection.
  • What will happen to the models that are submitted but not selected for the Collection?
    • We anticipate there will be many more models submitted than we can include in the Collection. We value amplifying the dissemination of strong work in the field, and will seek ways to do so (and be in touch with authors if applicable).
  • How will the Collection be made accessible?
    • Summaries of models within the Collection will be disseminated via multiple modes to reach across the STEMM graduate/postdoctoral landscape. In addition, two train-the-trainer workshops--which will provide training and resources for implementation--will be held, starting in 2022. Due to the commitment to training and support offered, participation in the workshops will be limited and available via application.

The pd|hub Collections are being developed with support from an Innovative Programs to Enhance Research Training (IPERT) award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH 1 R25 GM139076-01). The information, opinions, data, and statements contained herein are not necessarily those of the U.S. Government or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and should not be interpreted, acted on, or represented as such.

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