Humanities Without Walls

Call for Graduate Student Applications: Humanities Without Walls Workshop

Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshops

The Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral program aims to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops. Graduate students selected for this program will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of university presses and learned societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and holders of important non-faculty positions in colleges and universities (academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, development officers, and so forth). Through a series of workshops, talks, and field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training toward careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields.


The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center is now accepting applications from graduate students interested in attending the Humanities Without Walls Summer 2019 workshop. Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at UCSB. 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.

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, submit all application materials to the IHC at UC Santa Barbara to by September 30th, 2018.

The 2019 Summer workshop will take place in Chicago from July 15th through August 2nd, Monday – Friday. Please note before applying: You must commit to attending the full workshop.


Applications must include:

1. Please submit the following components as one PDF
  • A completed HWW application cover sheet
  • A narrative (1,000 words maximum) explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:
    1) What is your experience with the “public humanities”?
    2) Why are you interested in attending the workshop?
    3) What kinds of knowledge are you seeking from the workshop?
    4) What do you hope to achieve as a result of attending the workshop?
    5) How do you envision sharing what you learn at the workshop with your department, campus, and beyond?
  • A CV (two pages maximum)
2. Letters of Recommendation: Endorsement email needed by 9/30

The campus nominee will need to provide two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s fit for this workshop.

By September 30, both recommenders should send a short email to endorsing the application and acknowledging that a full letter of recommendation will be required if the student is selected as the campus nominee.