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Prizes & Giveaways

Check out what we're giving away to ticketed PhD Career Summit Attendees who submit their honest feedback at the end of the event. Can't wait to send you some awesome stuff! 🎁

"Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You" (x25)


Forever Employable

"Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You", by Jeff Gothelf.

Entrepreneurialism. Self-confidence. Continuous Learning. Improvement. Reinvention. The themes from this book resonate so closely with what we at Free the PhD wanted to bring to you at this summit, that we just had to give some of these away!

Up to 25 winners will be randomly selected among the ticketed Summit attendees who submit their final feedback form after the last Summit session.

Share Summit news on social media and show up to your live sessions to be automatically entered for more chances to win!

Paperback: "Leaving Academia" (x5)


Dr. Caterine has published a brand new book with guidance on leaving academia! We will be giving away 5 copies to 5 random winners at the Summit - make sure to fill out your feedback form at the end to be eligible for the drawing!

Paperback: "Independent Scholars Meet the World: Expanding Academia beyond the Academy" (x5)


Independent Scholars Meet The World!

Part of the Rethinking Careers, Rethinking Academia book series, this book from the University Press of Kansas, edited by Christine Caccipuoti and Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, features various academic contributors (including Vay Cao, Founder of Free the PhD) who recount diverse experiences in joining and leaving the academic world, and defining your identity outside the traditional borders of scholarship.

"For too long graduate school was viewed solely as a pipeline to teaching positions at colleges and universities. As MAs and PhDs proliferate and opportunities in the academy narrow, this timely book reminds us that the academy is only one of many venues for satisfying and successful scholarly endeavor."

5 winners will be randomly selected among the ticketed Summit attendees who submit their final feedback form after the last Summit session.

Free the PhD Interview Card Deck (x5)


Free the PhD Interview Card Decks!

We are giving away 5 decks of our Free the PhD Interview Card Decks, containing 50 of the most common behavioral interview questions. You will get access to the digital worksheets and exercises which you can use to practice with your Interview Card Deck and become bulletproof during behavioral interview questions!

5 winners will be randomly selected among the ticketed Summit attendees who submit their final feedback form after the last Summit session. Share Summit news on social media and show up to your live sessions to be automatically entered for more chances to win!

Shady Rays Polarized Sunglasses (x3)


Shady Rays PhD Career Summit Giveaway!

Shady Rays PhD Career Summit Giveaway!

Shady Rays is an independent Sunglasses Company that is focused on making the best affordable shades for the outdoors.

"Our shades feature shatter-resistant, high-visibility Polarized lenses with durable construction that we stand behind with a Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty and Free Replacements if lost or broken. We also secure 10 meals to fight hunger through Feeding America with every order placed."

Like Shady Rays, Free the PhD focuses on providing high quality service to those we serve, and stand 100% behind what we do. 3 lucky PhD Career Design Summit attendees will win a pair of their timeless shades! All ticketed attendees will be eligible for the prize raffles after submitting your final feedback form for the event.

Shady Rays PhD Career Summit Giveaway!