Public Humanities Fellowship – New York Council for the Humanities

The New York Council for the Humanities and its seven partner universities announce the call for applicants for the 2016-2017 Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship.

The Graduate Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by the New York Council for the Humanities in partnership with seven 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 public scholarship and work by the Fellow to explore the public dimensions of 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 the New York Council for the Humanities at their New York City office on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
  • During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will develop a plan to implement a public humanities project and identify community partners for that project.
  • The Fellow will participate in webinars and workshops throughout the Fellowship year and attend a final meeting of the Fellows in June 2017.
  • The Fellow will present the outcomes of their research and public work to the university community in coordination with their university and submit a final report to the New York Council for the Humanities.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in events sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities. Fellows are also eligible for project funds from the Council to support public programs developed during the course of their Fellowship.  Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to work collaboratively with the Council 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 seven New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, and Syracuse University.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a graduate student in a humanities discipline, broadly defined, at one of these seven universities:  The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, or Syracuse University.

DURATION & STIPEND: Duration of the Fellowship is August 2016 to June 2017, including mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation on August 22-23, 2016 in New York City. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 12, 2016.  The link to the application is here: Public Humanities Fellowship Application

Applicants will be notified of final decisions by Friday, April 8, 2016.

CONTACT: New York Council for the Humanities Program Officer Adam Capitanio ( or the humanities center on your campus.

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