Doctoral Student Public Humanities Fellowship

with the NYU Center for the Humanities and Humanities New York

The Doctoral Student Public Humanities Fellowship was developed in partnership by the NYU Center for the Humanities and Humanities New York to bring humanities scholarship into the public realm, encourage emerging humanities scholars to conceive of their work in relation to the public sphere, develop skills for doing so, and strengthen the public humanities community in New York State. The year-long Fellowship will provide training in the methods and approaches of public scholarship and will support the exploration of the public dimensions of the Fellow’s own scholarship in partnership with a community organization that serves public audiences.

Dominique Jean-Louis, Doctoral candidate in History at New York University, reflects on her experience as a Public Humanities Fellow.

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.

NYU Fellows will be part of a cohort from these six other New York universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Columbia University, Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, The University of Rochester, and Syracuse University.

Deadline: February 2018

Notifications will be in April.

Program Details

The Fellowship runs from August to May, including mandatory attendance at a two-day training in New York City. For the 2017-18 year, the stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported in part by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Shared office space will be provided at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor.

During the course of the Fellowship, the Fellow will have the opportunity to participate in programs, workshops, conferences, and advocacy events sponsored by Humanities New York. Fellows are also eligible for additional project funds to support programs developed during the course of the fellowship. Fellows are also encouraged to work collaboratively with Humanities New York to identify community partners, explore possible methods and program formats, and share findings as the research progresses.


  • Attend a two-day orientation run by Humanities New York
  • Develop a plan to give a public dimension to some aspect of their scholarly work and, as part of that process, identify potential community partners
  • Participate in workshops scheduled for December and June
  • Present the outcomes of their research and public work to the NYU community in coordination with the NYU Center for the Humanities and submit a final report to Humanities New York
  • Participate in Tuesday lunch presentations at NYU with other graduate students and faculty fellows


Applicants must be residents of New York State and enrolled as a doctoral student in a humanities discipline at New York University. Preference will be given to applicants who are in the final stages of their dissertation project.

Contact Adam Capitanio with any questions at 212-233-1131 or

About Humanities New York

Humanities New York provides leadership and support across the state’s intellectual and cultural sectors through grants, programs, networking and advocacy in order to encourage critical thinking and cultural understanding in the public arena. Founded in 1975 as the National Endowment for the Humanities’ partner in New York State, Humanities New York is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities.

Humanities Centers Initiative (HCI) is an innovative statewide partnership between Humanities New York and a network of humanities centers based at seven New York State universities. Launched in 2012 and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Whiting Foundation, the HCI supports humanities institutes, faculty, and graduate students in their commitment to public engagement.