PhD Studies: A Recent Guide for Applicants
Further to my earlier posting about PhD programmes in the USA and the UK here, I notice a recent book written for potential applicants (and aspiring scholars) with special reference to New Testament: Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond, by Nijay K. Gupta (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011).
Gupta is himself a recent PhD and recently successful both in publishing a book from his PhD thesis and in obtaining an academic post. So, in general, he is well informed and able to advise prospective applicants. But also see the review (which raises a couple of critical points) here.
Also, a few years back doctoral students in American and UK PhD programmes wrote essays about their experiences that were published on the Society of Biblical Literature web site here.