Doctoral Student Public Humanities Fellowship

with the NYU Center for the Humanities and Humanities New York

The Public Humanities Fellowship was developed by Humanities New York in partnership with nine New York research universities, including NYU, 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.

Yaelle Frohlich and Emma Otheguy, doctoral candidates at NYU, reflect on their Public Humanities Fellowship experiences.

The year-long Fellowship will involve a combination of training in the methods and approaches of the public humanities and work by the Fellow to develop a public project related to 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.

NYU Fellows will be part of a cohort from eight 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 18, 2019

Notifications will begin on or around April 19, 2019

Program Details

Duration of the Fellowship will be announced soon and will include mandatory attendance at a two-day orientation in New York City and subsequent workshops. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Shared office space will be provided at the NYU Center for the Humanities.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in events sponsored by Humanities New York. Fellows are also eligible for project funds from HNY to support public programs developed during the course of their Fellowship. Throughout the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to work collaboratively with HNY to identify community partners, explore public humanities methods and programs, and share findings as their research progresses.


  • The Fellow is required to attend a two-day orientation on August 19th and August 20th run by Humanities New York at their New York City office.
  • During the Fellowship year, the Fellow will develop a plan to implement a public humanities project and work with community partners on that project.
  • The Fellow will participate in workshops scheduled for December 2019 and June 2020.
  • The Fellow will present the outcomes of their research and public work to the university community in coordination with the NYU Center for the Humanities and submit a final report to Humanities New York.
  • Participate in weekly luncheon meetings at the NYU Center for the Humanities with other graduate students and faculty fellows from NYU.


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

Contact Adam Capitanio, Humanities New York Program Officer, with any questions at 212-233-1131 or

About Humanities New York

The mission of Humanities New York is to help all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement. Founded in 1975, Humanities New York is the sole statewide proponent of public access to the humanities. The Council is a private 501(c)3 that receives Federal, State, and private funding.

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.