TRaCE: Track Report Connect Exchange

T = Track
R = Report
C = Connect
E = Exchange (knowledge and knowhow

TRaCE Pilot Project – PhD Outcomes in HUMANITIES

The TRaCE Pilot Project was a one-year project that tracked 2,800 PhD graduates in the humanities from 24 Canadian universities. This project was a joint effort among collaborating universities, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. It was headquartered at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) at McGill University. The project interviewed over 300 participants.

Here are the results as well as the qualitative and the quantitative summaries of the project.


The TRaCE 2.0 Project expands the pilot project by seeking to enhance public and institutional knowledge of what PhDs in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Fine Arts actually contribute to society in Canada and beyond. It also seeks to reorient these fields toward a more active public and engaged life; that reorientation will foster the continuing robust practices of these knowledges inside and outside the academy. It is headquartered at Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) at McGill University.

The TRaCE 2.0 project will gather both statistical and discursive, especially narrative, forms of knowledge.

The McGill team leading the project is partnering with 10 other universities. Thus far we have tracked 1418 graduates. We are inviting them to be interviewed and to share their stories about their transitions from the PhDto their current career pathways.

The project aims to launch the stories on our website by November 2018, with further analysis coming by January 2019.

TRaCE McGill Project

TRaCE McGill is building on the two McGill-led national projects—the TRaCE pilot and the ongoing TRaCE 2.0 project. Starting November 2018, we will shift our focus to McGill PhD grads across the Faculties—including Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Arts, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Music, Science, and the Integrated Program in Neuroscience. TRaCE McGill will produce statistical information about PhD outcomes and tell the stories of hundreds of young researchers and professionals across the disciplines.

TRaCE McGill will run for three years. Its completion will coincide with the Bicentennial and will enable the celebration to showcase how McGill PhDs are contributing to social and economic advancement and helping to meet global challenges, including the challenges of diversity and inclusion, in the 21st century.

TRaCE McGill will be sharing preliminary results and analyses by the end of its first academic year in Spring 2019!

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