Humanities Without Walls Graduate Student Workshop

Humanities Without Walls Graduate Student Workshop

September 25, 2020

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 virtual field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training towards careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields.  Graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of HWW Summer Workshop Fellows from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HWW plans to host its first virtual, national Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop in summer 2021. All aspects of the workshop will be remote, virtual, and online in nature.

Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all online workshop sessions and be active participants in the asynchronous and synchronous elements of the virtual workshop for its entirety.


The Interdisciplinary Humanities Center is now accepting applications from graduate students interested in attending the Humanities Without Walls Summer 2021 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.  Applicants cannot have a graduation date on or before July 1st, 2021.

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 at by October 31, 2020.

The 2021 Summer workshop will take place online July 19th through August 6th. Online, virtual workshop sessions are planned for approximately four hours per day, to be scheduled between 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, for three weeks. Synchronous and asynchronous programming will comprise the remaining four hours per day. 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:
    • 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 (two pages maximum)

2. Letters of Recommendation: Endorsement email needed by 10/31

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 October 31, 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.