The experiences of disabled PhD students are seldom heard in the world at large.  This is despite the fact that there are many out there whose doctoral efforts are inextricably shaped by their experience as PhD students with disability or chronic illness.

Our goal is to create a space for PhD students with disability or chronic illness to share their experiences.  It is only by sharing these experiences that we realise that we who walk this path are not alone.  It is only by sharing these experiences, by beginning to talk openly about them, that we can hope that things will one day improve.

We welcome submissions from all PhD students, past, present or otherwise, on all aspects of the experience at the intersection of academia, disability and chronic illness.


If you’d like to share your story, argument, analysis, interview, book review, article, or anything else that speaks to the experiences we’re signal-boosting into the world, take a look at our submissions policy then email us at submissions@phdisabled.org

We run semi-regular discussions on Twitter where you can find us at @PhDisabled. Come and say hello.


Click here to Donate to PhDisabled via PayPal

We’re experimenting with accepting tip-jar donations to help cover the costs of our overheads (including domain hosting, registration, internet access) and to help us:

  • Source funds to pay our editors;
  • Finance web-development expertise to ensure maximal accessibility in accordance with the best available standards;
  • Produce content in different formats (such as video, not just text);
  • Cover expenses so we can conduct interviews and attend conferences and events of interest to this community;
  • Pay the best people we can find to create resources students, academics and institutions can use in their local contexts to reduce the need for self-advocacy;
  • Eventually, go into universities so we can talk face to face about the fact that disabled & chronically ill (PhD) students aren’t alone in their experiences and about what we can all do to make things better.

If you want to contact us to discuss anything further, please email us at team@phdisabled.org.


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