Humanities Without Walls Graduate Student Workshop

Humanities Without Walls Graduate Student Workshop

August 10, 2022

HWW Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers at sixteen research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. HWW aims to create new avenues for collaborative and interdisciplinary research, publicly engaged scholarship, and professional opportunities for faculty and graduate students.

Hosted in 2023 by the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, the HWW Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop is an intensive, student-centered career exploration program of values discernment and practical preparation for jobs in a variety of sectors, both beyond and within the academy. HWW’s cohort-based approach emphasizes student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on their professional journey. Workshop sessions intentionally lay foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within their cohort, making professional contacts, and researching potential career paths. Participants will learn how to leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields.

HWW invites applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the two-week summer workshop, to be held from July 17, 2023 to July 28, 2023, in Minneapolis, MN. Students must be in residence in Minneapolis for the duration of the workshop and are expected to attend all workshop activities.

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 UCSB doctoral students must submit their applications to the UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center by November 1, 2022. Do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

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. HWW especially encourages students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education to apply. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time of the workshop. 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 or advising on taxation policies.

Fellowship Award
The award amount is $4,000. Lodging and some meals will be provided; fellowship awards are intended to cover transportation costs to/from and around Minneapolis, meals, and other expenses.

Application Requirements
Interested doctoral students in the humanities at UCSB should submit their applications to UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at by November 1, 2022. Combine and submit all application materials as a single PDF file. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW or the University of Minnesota.

The application file should contain:

1. Please submit the following components as one PDF:

  • A narrative (1,000 words maximum; 12pt; single spaced) addressing all of the following questions:
    • What are your career interests, or what is your intended career trajectory?
    • How will this workshop help you achieve your goals? What knowledge and skills are you hoping to learn?
    • What will you bring to the workshop community? What relevant experiences (personal and professional) will help you to contribute to the workshop cohort?
    • How will you share what you learn at the workshop with colleagues, your department, campus, and beyond? What impact will it have on your community, field, or discipline?
    • How do you plan to incorporate a social justice lens into your daily work in your future career?
    • What opportunities (if any) have you had at your campus (or beyond) to explore diverse career opportunities?
  • A resume or CV (two pages maximum) that includes relevant professional experiences (including e.g., volunteering, part-time employment, etc.)

2. Two recommender endorsement emails needed by 11/1

  • The campus nominee will need two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a faculty member who is familiar with you and your work. The other letter can be from a community partner, colleague, or staff member who is familiar with you and your work.
  • By November 1, both recommenders for all applicants 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. Full recommendation letters are not needed at this stage.

Please contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad ( with any questions.