Grad School Resources

GradSchoolShopper is not just a website or a print directory, but it's also a place where you can find guidance on how to find the right school and achieve your academic goals. While there are many strategies, the key to determining the right graduate program and school for you is to understand where you are likely to succeed, your personal preferences for community, and where each program can take you. GSS has developed the following resources to help you find your future in the physical sciences.

Preparing for Grad School?

Download these ready-to-use spreadsheets to better organize your searches.

Researching Graduate and Professional Schools
This sheet, created by the University of Minnesota Duluth, can be used as a checklist to better guide you as you research graduate and professional schools.

Sample My Schools spreadsheet
Access your own version by creating an account on, saving schools, and downloading your results

Advice and Timelines

Plan accordingly and equip yourself with invaluable advice on how to navigate through the grad school admission process. Use the timeline to better organize a clear path as you plan out your year leading up to the completion of your application.

Graduate School Road Map

A guide to choosing the right grad program
From the Winter 2018 SPS Observer

Thinking About Graduate School: A How-to Guide to Choosing Good Options

Application Timeline
Follow this application timeline to help guide you through the grad school admissions process.

2019 Advising Guide

The 2019 Advising Guide was created for students and faculty to get an unparalleled look at the vast array of programs that are available in the physical sciences. By gathering extensive data collected annually by AIP’s Statistical Research Center, GradSchoolShopper, and adding in advice and alumni profiles offered by the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma, students can look up grad programs by highest degree offered, research specialties, location, and department size.

For maximum impact, this guide should be used in conjunction with the GSS website or printed book to determine what important criteria would help you find the right grad program. Free copies of the guide can be requested by contacting


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How To Find Gradschools for Physics
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Financial Aid and Increasing Access

Not sure how to go about funding your education? Here you will find an abundance of information about financial aid, tuition resources, and different funding options you can explore to effectively fund your graduate education. Also, read about Bridge Programs that seek to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to traditionally underrepresented populations.

Bridge Programs
The American Physical Society Bridge Program (APS-BP) aims to increase physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students. APS-BP creates sustainable transition (bridge) programs and a national network of doctoral granting institutions that provide substantial mentoring for PhD students.

Funding your STEM Graduate Education
Watch free webinars and get tips from recent graduates who successfully funded their own education by using the different types of funding options. Teaching assistantships (T.A.), research assistantships (R.A.), and fellowships are just some of the options you can explore to fund your STEM education. 

More Grad School Resources

Need more information? Check out these resources.

AIP Statistical Research Center

Society of Physics Students

Astrobites Graduate School
A daily astrophysical literature journal written by graduate students in astronomy since 2010. Read Astrobites' advice about grad school and the grad school experience.
Find advice articles on what to do with and after your gradate school education.

Grad School FAQ
University of Oregon Department of Physics came up with a list of common frequently asked questions about grad school such as: Should I choose a Master's or PhD program? How do I go about applying to grad school? What can I do with an advanced degree?

Pathways to Science
Programs and resources for prospective and current STEM graduate students - including funding opportunities and professional development programs and resources.

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