About the event

The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, and the New York Council for the Humanities announce the call for applicants for the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by the New York Council for the Humanities in partnership with seven New York research universities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and work by the Fellow to explore the public dimensions of their own scholarship in partnership with a community organization.

The skills and experiences afforded by the Fellowship are intended to serve scholars who have a record of working with the public as well as those who are starting to explore the public humanities. It is equally valuable for scholars who plan to pursue careers within the academy and those who plan to pursue other career paths.

Fellowship requirements:

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in events sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. Fellows are also eligible for project funds from the Council to support public programs developed during the course of their Fellowship. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to work collaboratively with the Council to identify community partners, explore public humanities methods and programs, and share findings as their research progresses. The Graduate Center Fellows will be part of a cohort from these six other New York universities: Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, and Syracuse University.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a graduate student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at one of these seven universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, or Syracuse University. Must be second-year PhD candidate or above.

DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2016 to June 2017, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 22-23, 2016 in New York City. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 12, 2016. The link to the application is here: Public Humanities Fellowship Application

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 8, 2016.

CONTACT: New York Council for the Humanities Program Officer Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131 / acapitanio@nyhumanities.org)

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES The Center for the Humanities encourages collaborative and creative work in the humanities at CUNY and across the city through seminars, publications, and public events. Free and open to the public, our programs aim to inspire sustained, engaged conversation and to forge an open and diverse intellectual community.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES: The mission of the New York Council for the Humanities is to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement. Founded in 1975, the New York Council for the Humanities is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. The Council is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.