21st-Century PhD Proctorship

The Cogut Institute for the Humanities invites applications from doctoral students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences to research new thinking about and models for the 21st-Century Ph.D.; assist with the development of online contents and programming; and help to create a space where the humanities community, faculty as well as students, can reflect on the institution, experience, and aspirations of the Ph.D. degree.

Working together with the Director and Associate Director of the Institute, fellows will, among other possible tasks:

  • Identify key themes and directions of reflection, research, and programming.
  • Develop short bibliographies, blog posts, and other online contents.
  • Contribute to the definition of pertinent programming for the 2020-21 academic year.

In the context of the Institute’s Collaborative Humanities Initiative, particular attention will be paid (1) to collaboration as a specific source of creativity, community, and reparation as well as (2) to the challenges of collaboration in the context of established forms of graduate education and research.

Up to three selected candidates will each receive a stipend in the amount of $2,500. The time commitment expected will be 20 hours/week for four weeks in August for a total of no more than 80 hours (in some cases, it may be possible to spread the time commitment over early fall).


Doctoral students in good standing are eligible to apply. We welcome a diversity of perspectives and disciplines, including applications from students interested in rethinking the Ph.D. narrative and Ph.D. candidates engaged in innovative forms of dissertation.


The application deadline is Friday, July 31. Please submit a letter describing your interest and a C.V. online (you must be logged into your Brown University email account to access the form). Please also ask your Director of Graduate Study to email [email protected] by July 31 to confirm your good standing in the department.

Questions? Please email [email protected].