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Humanities Without Walls: Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop

July 15, 2019 – August 2, 2019 | Chicago, IL

In summer 2019, Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is holding its second national, in-residence summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF)—a leading public humanities organization—designs and runs the summer workshop in consultation with HWW. Through a series of workshops, talks, and field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training towards careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields. Please read the full details about the workshop program.

All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a Ph.D.-granting institution within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshop takes place.

Each fellow will receive a $5,000 prize intended to cover travel to and from the summer workshop, most meals, and all incidentals. The Chicago Humanities Festival will be arranging housing for all fellows in Chicago near the Gratz Center.

To apply, please email a single PDF file with application materials to the Graduate Student Association ( by September 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Please use the subject line “Humanities Without Walls.”

The application file should contain:

  • A completed application cover sheet
  • A narrative (1,000 words maximum) explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:
    • What is your experience with the “public humanities”?
    • Why are you interested in attending the workshop?
    • What kinds of knowledge are you seeking from the workshop?
    • What do you hope to achieve as a result of attending the workshop?
    • How do you envision sharing what you learn at the workshop with your department, campus, and beyond?
  • CV (two pages maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s fit for this workshop

A selection committee of Ph.D. students in the humanities will review applications and nominate an applicant for the award chosen by members of the Humanities Without Walls Consortium.