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2022 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 16 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Based at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), HWW is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In summer 2022, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will host HWW’s annual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about diverse careers for humanists. Through a series of workshops, talks, and site visits, participants will learn how to imagine possible futures and leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media, and many other fields. Ann Arbor, Michigan will serve as the primary location for workshop activities. The location will provide students with the opportunity to experience the vibrant humanities ecosystem that exists in the region, including Detroit.

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the two-week summer workshop. This is a limited submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. To be considered, interested doctoral students must submit their applications to their home universities’ humanities center director, graduate college dean, or equivalent by November 1, 2021. Do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

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All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshop takes place. Applicants cannot have a graduation date on or before July 1st, 2022. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork.

Fellowship Award

Each Fellow from outside the Ann Arbor/Detroit Metro area will receive a $4,500 award, Ann Arbor resident Fellow will receive a $3,500 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all workshop sessions and be active participants in the program for its entirety. Lodging, ground transportation to and from Detroit Metro Airport, and some meals are provided through the workshop. The stipend difference is intended to support flight/mileage transportation costs to and from Detroit Metro/Ann Arbor. The stipend is provided as a participation award and to support meals not otherwise provided, parking if needed, and any other expenses not otherwise provided directly through the workshop.

Application Requirements

Interested doctoral students in the humanities should submit their applications to the UB Humanities Institute via email to by November 1, 2021. Combine and submit all application materials as a single PDF file. Confidential letters of support should be emailed directly to separately.

The application file should contain:

  • A completed application cover sheet.
  • A voluntary self-identification form.
  • 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 or resume (two pages maximum).
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s strengths and fit for this workshop. Letters should be submitted confidentially and separately to

Application Procedures

This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be submitted to HWW from any given university.

Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately and confidentially to the applicant’s home institution contact by midnight on November 1, 2021.  

Student applicants should prepare and submit the rest of the required application materials noted above to their home institutions by midnight on November 1, 2021.

Interested students must submit the application materials listed above to the UB Humanities Institute by November 1, 2021. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW or the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities. Announcement of fellowship awards will be made in January 2022.

The UB Humanities Institute will submit the application for the selected nominee by midnight EST on December 6, 2021.

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