About the application

2017-2018 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship

The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Humanities New York announce the call for applicants for the 2017-2018 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities New York in partnership with seven New York research universities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, to encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, to develop skills for doing so, and to strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The yearlong Fellowship will provide training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and will support the exploration of the public dimensions of the Fellow’s own scholarship in partnership with a community organization that serves public audiences.

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 Humanities New York at their New York City office. During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will develop a plan to give a public dimension to some aspect of their scholarly work and, as part of that process, identify potential community partners. 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 Graduate Center, CUNY community in coordination with the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY and submit a final report to Humanities New York.

During the course of the Fellowship, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in programs, workshops, conferences, and advocacy events sponsored by Humanities New York. The Fellows are also eligible for additional project funds from the Humanities NY to support programs developed during the course of the fellowship. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to work collaboratively with the Council to identify community partners, to explore possible methods and program formats, and to share findings as the research progresses.

The Graduate Center, CUNY Fellows will be part of a cohort from these seven other New York universities: New York University, Columbia University, Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, The University of Rochester and Syracuse University.


Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a doctoral student in a humanities discipline at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Preference will be given to applicants who are in the final stages of the dissertation project.

Duration and Stipend

Duration of the Fellowship is August 2017 to May 2018, including mandatory attendance at a two-day training in New York City. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Apply Interested applicants should submit an online application, including CV and references by the deadline.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions on or about April 14, 2017.

Application Deadline: February 20, 2017

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Monday, February 20, 2017. The link to the application is here: Public Humanities Fellowship Application.

CONTACT: Humanities New York Program Officer Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131 / [email protected])

About the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY

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 Humanities New York

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