Humanities Without Walls Workshop

The Cogut Institute invites applications from graduate students interested in exploring and expanding their career options at the virtual 2021 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop. Brown University has the opportunity to nominate one applicant from the pool of applications we receive. The Cogut Institute for the Humanities will review all applications and select the nominee. The nominee will then advance to the pool of applicants considered by Humanities Without Walls.

Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop

The workshop will take place virtually from July 19 to August 6, 2021. Participants selected by the Humanities Without Walls consortium will receive a $5,000 award intended to cover travel, most meals, and all incidentals.

Through a series of workshops, talks, and virtual field trips, participants will 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. HWW Summer Workshop Fellows work in a variety of academic disciplines. They are scholars and practitioners who bring experience in community building, museum curation, filmmaking, radio programming, social media, project management, research, writing, and teaching. They are invested in issues of social justice and seek ways to bring humanistic values, insights, and skills to the public and private sectors.

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Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshop takes place (i.e. cannot have a graduation date on or before July 1). Ideally, applicants will have completed some coursework towards their doctoral degree, and they may have been advanced to candidacy but are not yet finishing their dissertations.


The application deadline is October 31, 2020. Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file to [email protected] and write "Humanities Without Walls Application" in the subject line.

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 does “career diversity” mean to you and what do you know about career diversity in graduate education?
    Why are you interested in attending the workshop?
    What kinds of knowledge and skills are you seeking from the workshop?
    How do you envision sharing what you learn at the workshop with your colleagues, department, campus, and beyond?
    What experiences have you had in applied or public humanities or public engagement?
    What do you hope to achieve as a result of attending the workshop?
  • CV (two pages maximum).

Applicants should also request two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser or dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s fit for this workshop. Letters of recommendation may be adressed to the HWW selection committee and sent separately to [email protected].

The Cogut Institute will submit an application on behalf of the selected nominee by December 1, 2020. Announcement of fellowship awards will be made by the Humanities Without Walls consortium.