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2018-2019 UB Humanities Institute Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship In Partnership with Humanities New York

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute and Humanities New York announce the call for applicants for the 2018-2019 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities New York in partnership with nine New York research universities to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop scholars’ skills for doing public work, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of the public humanities and work by the Fellow to develop a public project related to their own scholarship in partnership with a community organization.

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 on Monday, August 20 and Tuesday, August 21, 2018.
  • During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will develop a plan to implement a public humanities project and work with community partners on that project.
  • The Fellow will participate in workshops scheduled for December 2018 and June 2019.
  • The Fellow will present the outcomes of their research and public work at a free, open-to-the-public event, in coordination with the UB Humanities Institute and submit a final report to Humanities New York.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in events sponsored by Humanities New York. Fellows are also eligible for project funds from HNY to support public programs developed during the course of their Fellowship. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to work collaboratively with HNY to identify community partners, explore public humanities methods and programs, and share findings as their research progresses.

UB Humanities Institute Fellows will be part of a cohort from these eight other New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University.


Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a graduate student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at one of these nine universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester, or Syracuse University. Interested applicants should contact their university’s humanities center for other, university-specific, requirements. University at Buffalo graduate students may not hold any UB-funded PhD Fellowships (including the Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellowship or the College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship) and the Public Humanities Fellowship in the same academic year.

Duration & Stipend

Duration of the Fellowship is August 2018 to June 2019, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 20-21, 2018 in New York City and subsequent workshops. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 16, 2018. The online application can be accessed through Humanities New York’s program management platform, found here: Applicants will need to create an account in the system, even if they’ve applied in prior years.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 20, 2018.


Humanities New York Program Officer Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131 /

ABOUT THE UB HUMANITIES INSTITUTE: Since its founding in 2005, the University at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute (HI) has quickly established itself as one of the most important entities supporting the humanities in Western New York.  Scholarship in the humanities helps us to question, comprehend, and transform an increasingly complex world.  The most intractable human problems cannot be solved from within a single discipline, but must be approached from a variety of perspectives.  HI provides a forum for conversations among humanists of all disciplines.

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. The Council is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.


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