About this opportunity

We are seeking candidates for a collaborative team of graduate researchers to work on public programming related to Mindscapes, an international cultural program organized by the Wellcome Trust, that aims to support a transformation in how we understand, address and talk about mental health.

Here in New York City, local cultural partners include the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, the Laundromat Project, and the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

This research team will assist Curatorial Research Fellow Rebecca Hayes Jacobs in the development of Mindscapes public programming at the Center and with our partner organizations beginning in spring 2022.

Deadline to Apply: November 30, 2021, 11:59 PM.

What We Are Researching:

We are seeking a multidisciplinary team of researchers with an interest in public scholarship. This project seeks to engage with communities across the city through public programming that addresses contemporary challenges to mental health and well-being. The team will work together to design and deliver public programming that aims to:

Qualified candidates will:

Compensation: $5,000, for 100 hours

*For CUNY Students: Before applying, please contact the office of financial aid at your campus to ensure that you are eligible to receive this funding without it adversely impacting your existing financial aid package. In your email to them, please include the fellowship amount, the semester you would receive it, and your EMPL ID, which you can find in CUNYFirst under Student Center.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter (addressed to Dr. Jacobs) and brief resumé highlighting relevant experience and areas of interest to [email protected]. Please include “Mindscapes Research Assistant Application” in the subject of the email. Please submit applications by 11:59 PM, November 30, 2021. Interviews will take place by arrangement and the position will begin immediately thereafter. Research hours will be completed by mid-summer 2022.

About Mindscapes:

Mindscapes is an international cultural program that aims to support a transformation in how we understand, address and talk about mental health.

Combining diverse perspectives and expertise, the program—including artist residencies, a documentary, exhibitions and events—will be staged in a number of cities around the world. Our work will culminate in 2022.

Mindscapes brings together cultural projects, communities, policy and research, and is informed and inspired by Wellcome's mental health program.

About The Center for the Humanities:

The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY encourages collaborative and creative work in the humanities at CUNY and across the city through public research projects, 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.

Read more about Mindscapes convening and Working Group here, and you can view the full Mindscapes convening report here.

For an example of how a graduate student research team and creative practitioner can collaborate on a project, see the methodology employed to produce the film Dis-Ease, by the Graduate Center’s 2018 Wellcome Artist in Residence, Mariam Ghani:


Curatorial Research Fellow