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Pre-doctoral Summer Workshop

Summer Workshop for Pre-Doctoral Students in the Humanities

The Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy. Graduate students selected for this three-week workshop engage in intensive discussions with leaders from the non-profit world, the private sector, federal and state government offices, public media, arts administration, and NGOs.

Graduates from the workshop emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of fellows from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.”

Northwestern Pre-doctoral Summer Workshop Fellows: 

2018 - Gideon Cohn-Postar (History), Maria Dikcis (English), and Angela Tate (History)

2017 - Rachel Mihuta Grimm (French and Francophone Studies)

2016 - Margaret Lebron (Performance Studies) and Justin Zullo (Performance Studies)

2015 - Ira Murfin (Theatre) and Kantara Souffrant (Performance Studies)


Call for Applications

The application deadline has passed. Project details for 2019 will be available in Fall of 2018.

2018 Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop

Northwestern students must submit their application materials to the Kaplan Humanities Institute via an online portal by November 1, 2017. Note: application materials include two letters of recommendation.

The Humanities Without Walls consortium (HWW) invites applications for fellowships from pre-doctoral students to participate in an intensive three-week residential summer workshop for individuals who are working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree program while also considering careers outside the academy and/or the tenure-track university system.

The summer workshop will instruct students in the ways they can leverage their pre-existing and developing skill sets towards the pursuit of careers in the public humanities and the private sector.

Guest speakers—including leaders from the non-profit world, the private sector, federal and state government, public media, arts administration, NGOs, and more—will make daily presentations to workshop fellows. Field trips will supplement workshop instruction.

This workshop is organized by, and presented in partnership with, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF). Guided by one of the leading public humanities organizations in the nation, the workshop encourages humanities doctoral students to think of themselves as agents of the public humanities and showcase opportunities beyond the walls of the academy in an uncertain academic job climate.

Where: Chicago, Illinois.

When: Summer 2018—Dates to be determined, most likely July 16 through August 3. The workshop will take place all day, five days/week for three weeks. There are no events scheduled during weekends to allow time for self-exploration of Chicago.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree-granting program in a humanities discipline at one of the HWW consortium institutions (of which Northwestern is one). Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshops take place. Ideally, applicants will have completed some coursework towards the PhD, and they may have been advanced to candidacy but are not yet finishing their dissertations. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork.

Fellowship Award: Each fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend intended to cover travel to and from the summer workshop, most meals, and all incidentals. Fellows will be expected to arrange and pay for their own travel using the funds from this stipend. The Chicago Humanities Festival will be arranging housing for all fellows at the DeWitt Hotel and Suites in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. All fellows will be expected to attend the entire workshop for the entire three weeks.

Application Requirements

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications has now passed. 

Please review all application instructions prior to clicking through to the portal because you will not be able to save an incomplete application.

Note: All application documents—including letters of recommendation—must be submitted as PDFs.

In the portal:

Application deadline: The application deadline has passed.

Four candidates will be chosen from the Northwestern applicants and nominated to Humanities Without Walls. Fellowship awards will be announced by the end of January 2018.

Questions? Please email Tom Burke.

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