Graduate Assistantship

Application Deadline: April 9, 2018 (Monday)

Graduate Assistantship in the Kaplan Humanities Institute for the 2018-19 academic year

Build your credentials and portfolio in the public humanities!

The Graduate Assistantship is an academic-year opportunity at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities designed to build professional capacity in programming, administration and leadership. The role will encompass a broad range of duties, from coordinating undergraduate student involvement to building collaboration and outreach initiatives with Northwestern and outside organizations. The goal of the assistantship is to develop the skills to build and expand your credentials and portfolio in the public humanities, with particular training in understanding the mission and operations of an academic humanities institute.

Select projects and responsibilities may include:

  • Assist in the design and administration of Kaplan's public humanities programs, such as our spring break Humanities Plunge
  • Develop and coordinate initiatives to reach diverse constituencies within Northwestern (e.g., Block Museum, NU Press, Digital Humanists in the Library) and outside of the university (e.g., Chicago Humanities Festival, Odyssey Program, Evanston Public Library)
  • Shape messaging and communications strategies for multimedia platforms
  • Obtain practical knowledge and skills in administration


  • PhD student in the humanities or social sciences
  • Must be in good academic standing and have the approval of the program DGS and primary thesis advisor
  • Must not be beyond sixth year in the year of appointment


  • Stipend for academic year (Sept.-June)
  • Tuition scholarship
  • Health Insurance

Application Instructions and Materials

Fellowship applications are submitted via on online application portal (see link at bottom of this page). Please review all application instructions prior to clicking through to the portal; you will not be able to save an incomplete application. Note: all application documents must be submitted in PDF format.

To Apply

In the application portal, please complete your official contact and academic information in the fields provided. Please also prepare and upload PDFs of the following documents:

  • Cover letter: outlining your relevant experience and coursework, and how this opportunity would augment your professional advancement
  • Research Statement: abstract of your dissertation topic (1 page)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation (from your advisor, department chair, academic colleague, or other). **IMPORTANT** Please have your recommender ready to upload their letter one day after the application deadline. They will receive an email prompt and instructions for uploading to the application portal once your application is submitted.

Application portal link

Application deadline is Monday, April 9, 2018.


Please email Tom Burke (