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Carolina Performing Arts Public Engagement Fellowship

Amount: $5,000

Term: AY 2021-22

Eligibility: Doctoral students in humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled in a degree program in one of sixteen departments in the College of Arts & Sciences*

Application Due: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Supervisor: Amanda Graham, Associate Director of Engagement

The Site

The mission of Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) is to curate and present exceptional arts experiences that inspire and provoke the UNC community and beyond and celebrate the intrinsic value of the creative process.

We strive to nurture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus; to challenge and inspire audiences with powerful and transformative performances; and to integrate the arts into the life of the University, embracing its mission of teaching, research, and public service.

The Fellowship Project

The Carolina Performing Arts Fellow will have the opportunity to organize, administer, advertise, and document public arts programming. During the 2021-2022 season the Fellow will focus on Feedback: The Carolina Arts Performance Institute, a free, online public education initiative serving the Triangle community. The fall Feedback “Audience Advocates” course will feature artist Jen Shyu and is curated in partnership with the UNC Asian American Center.

The Carolina Performing Arts Fellow will:

    • Assist the Associate Director of Engagement with planning and documenting public engagement and educational events.
    • Communicate with Feedback participants and artists.
    • Research and pursue potential campus and community collaborations.
    • Write and edit artistic and engagement content for presentations and social media.

Candidates with interest in public humanities and the arts are encouraged to apply.

*Due to COVID, in-person experience may be limited and safety measures will be taken into account when designing fellowship activities and goals.

More Information

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their academic background and professional qualifications, as well as their goals for professional development through this fellowship; a C.V.; and a letter of support from an advisor in their department or their Director of Graduate Studies. The completed application  should be submitted to the HPG website no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Queries which are not answered in the FAQ may be directed to Ashley Melzer, HPG Initiative Director.  Open interest meetings (at this link) will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at 4pm, Friday, August 27 at 12pm, and Wednesday,  September 1 at 5pm. Email the director to setup a different time or ask a question.

*Eligible graduate programs will be affiliated with American Studies; Anthropology; Art & Art History; Classics; Communication; Dramatic Art; English & Comparative Literature; Geography; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Romance Studies; and Women & Gender Studies. Graduate students within the College of Arts & Sciences who are not affiliated with one of these programs, but are pursuing a course of study which makes significant use of humanities methods or content, may write to Ashley Melzer to petition for eligibility. Graduate students in programs outside of the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible.

The Application

Carolina Performing Arts Public Engagement Fellowship

Submit materials for a Graduate Fellowship with Carolina Performing Arts.
  • e.g., first year, fourth year
  • Please note who will write your reference letter.
  • Please upload a statement of your credentials, professional intentions, and relationship with socially impactful humanities research as relates to this fellowship opportunity.