Carolina Public Humanities Strategic Collaborations 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: Joanna Sierks Smith, Associate Director for State Outreach

The Site

Carolina Public Humanities serves our University and state by strengthening public engagement with humanistic knowledge, connecting the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill with people outside the University, and supporting public education. Our programs draw on diverse cultural traditions to examine the complex issues of personal and public life, and our overall goal is to help create a more humane world by fostering dialogues and new insights that emerge from the humanities.  Based in the College of Arts and Sciences, Carolina Public Humanities connects people across North Carolina through collaborations with museums, theaters, bookstores, libraries, and Community Colleges.

The Fellowship Project

The CPH Strategic Collaborations Fellow will work with a division within Carolina Public Humanities that focuses specifically on state outreach and community college collaborations: The Humanities on the Road initiative.  This division endeavors to build and strengthen diverse strategic collaborations, especially among underserved populations, and plans and executes several public humanities events across the state.

The Collaborations Fellow will assist in planning and implementing regional partnerships and events, with the goal of planning at least two collaborative humanities-themed events to be held in spring 2022. These events could vary based on the fellow’s interests. Events that advanced CPH’s goals of using the humanities to connect with vocational and STEM students at community colleges or are collaborations with institutions outside of academia — e.g. museums, theatres, community organizations — are especially of interest. Additionally, the fellow will research potential grant funding opportunities that would allow Humanities on the Road to expand its current and future partnerships with other institutions and Community Colleges.

Candidates should have a deep commitment to the value of applied or public-facing humanistic work, an interest in developing more interactive, meaningful, or non-traditional academic events, and experience with or a desire to develop grant writing skills. Fellows will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of faculty presenters, develop exemplary public engagement skills, visit collaborative partners across North Carolina, and help shape the future direction of the Humanities on the Road initiative.

*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 Public Humanities Strategic Collaborations Fellowship

Submit materials for a Graduate Fellowship with Carolina Public Humanities.
  • 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.