Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Humanities

The Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Humanities promotes interactive forms of cross-disciplinary work oriented toward the most challenging questions facing humanities research today. Collaboration is built through research practices dedicated to thinking together across disciplines and geographical locations. The program advances forms of inquiry through teaching models and student practices that experiment with group presentations, collaborative online discussions, co-authored seminar papers, and other forms of intellectual partnership. The Graduate Certificate is part of the Institute's Collaborative Humanities Initiative and is directed by Amanda Anderson


  • An expanded sense of intellectual community for doctoral students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences
  • An intensive, unique form of interdisciplinary training, with emphasis on collaborative research, critical reflection on humanistic methods, and the development of collaborative skills
  • A valuable and distinctive credential for graduate students to advance their professional careers


  • Three team-taught seminars (HMAN 2400 series) by core program faculty, ideally taken in succession. Seminars are organized around a key interdisciplinary topic, with an emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions. Collaborations are built into the course requirements and may include group presentations, collaborative online discussions, co-authored seminar papers as well as other forms of intellectual partnership.
  • A fourth seminar titled Project Development Workshop (HMAN 2500), taught in the Spring semesters and to be taken sometime after completion of at least two HMAN 2400 courses and admission to the certificate program. Projects in development for this workshop can be individual or collaborative and might include the dissertation prospectus, a dissertation chapter, or a methodological/theoretical exercise relating to the dissertation or larger field. All those enrolling will submit a proposed project and formal application to the certificate program before the start of the semester. In addition to workshop sessions on students’ projects, students will also discuss key texts considering larger questions of disciplinary and interdisciplinary method.
  • Participation in the annual Collaborative Public Workshops, in which collaborative projects from recent Project Development Workshops are presented in a public forum, to a broad audience of humanities faculty and students. Projects will be pre-circulated for discussion. Participation includes presentation in one of the workshops and attendance of at least one additional workshop.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Formal application to the program takes place at the moment that a student is entering the Project Development Workshop though indications of intent are welcome before then. Applicants must have completed at least two HMAN 2400 courses before the start of the Project Development Workshop (HMAN 2500), which is taught in the Spring semester.

Recipients of a Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Collaborative Humanities are automatically enrolled in the certificate program and do not need to apply. 

Please submit the following materials by November 30 through the Graduate Certificate application form:

  1. A CV
  2. A 1- or 2-page single-spaced statement explaining why the Collaborative Humanities program is important to your academic and professional goals
  3. A proposed project description of 200–250 words for the Project Development Workshop (examples of projects include but are not limited to: dissertation prospectus, dissertation chapter, bibliographic essay, article on method/theory, or syllabus linked to a special research agenda)
  4. A timeline of collaborative humanities courses (HMAN 2400) completed or to be completed for the Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Humanities (see the template)

In addition, you should request:

  1. A letter from your primary advisor indicating support for your participation in the program
  2. A brief statement from your departmental Director of Graduate Studies stating that you are in good standing and that the department supports your participation in the program

Faculty should email letters separately to [email protected].

Questions? Please contact Damien Mahiet, Associate Director.