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Graduate Assistantship

Build your credentials and portfolio in the public humanities!

The 2019-2020 Graduate Assistantship in the Kaplan Humanities Institute is designed to build professional capacity in programming, research support, and undergraduate mentorship. The role will encompass a broad range of duties, from coordinating undergraduate student involvement in the humanities to building collaborations 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.


To be eligible for the Graduate Assistantship, you must:

Important: You may not be beyond your fifth year for the duration of the GA appointment, however, the quarters of funding for this Kaplan GAship are bankable into a sixth year. Remember that TGS calculates a student's year based on the number of quarters they have been in their PhD program, so we encourage you to confirm your clock with TGS, especially if you have questions about an MA/PhD program.

Application Instructions and Materials

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:

Application Deadline

11:59pm on April 30, 2019 (Tues.)

Application portal link

Please email Tom Burke (

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