The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY and Humanities New York announce the call for applicants for the 2019-2020 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. 

  • The Fellow is required to attend a two-day orientation run by Humanities New York at their New York City office on Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
  • 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 2019 and June 2020.
  • The Fellow will present the outcomes of their research and public work to the university community in coordination with their humanities center and submit a final report to Humanities New York.
  • Individual university humanities centers may have their own requirements; please contact your university’s humanities center for details.

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.

Fellows will be part of a cohort from these nine New York 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, and Syracuse University.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a doctoral student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Preference will be given to applicants who are in the final stages of their dissertation project.

DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2019 to June 2020, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 19-20, 2019 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 15, 2019. The online application can be accessed through Humanities New York’s program management platform, found here: Click here for Public Humanities Fellowship Application Form. Applicants will need to create an account in the system, even if they’ve applied in prior years.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, February 15, 2019.

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 19, 2019.

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

About the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY:
The Center for the Humanities encourages collaborative and creative work in the humanities at CUNY and across the city through seminars, publications, and public events. Free and open to the public, our programs aim to inspire sustained, engaged conversation and to forge an open and diverse intellectual community.

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.