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Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

The University of Rochester Humanities Center and the New York Council for the Humanities announce the call for applicants for the 2017-2018 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:

  • The Fellow is required to attend a two-day orientation run by the New York Council for the Humanities at their New York City office on Monday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22, 2017.
  • During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will develop a plan to implement a public humanities project and work with community partners on that project.
  • The Fellow will participate in workshops scheduled for December 2017 and June 2018.  
  • The Fellow will present the outcomes of their research and public work to the University of Rochester community by giving a seminar at the Humanities Center.  The fellow will also submit a final report to the New York Council for the Humanities.  

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. 

University of Rochester Fellows will be part of a cohort from these eight other New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, 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 nine universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester or Syracuse University. Interested applicants should contact their university’s humanities center for other, university-specific, requirements.

DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2017 to June 2018, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 21-22, 2016 in New York City and subsequent workshops. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 17, 2017. The link to the application is here: Public Humanities Fellowship Application

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 14, 2017.

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

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.