Evaluating Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Workshop Applications

The Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Alternative Academic Career Summer Workshops for Pre-doctoral Students in the Humanities initiative aims to prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy through a series of summer workshops. Graduate students selected for this program will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of university presses and learned societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and holders of important non-faculty positions in colleges and universities (academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, development officers, and so forth).

In summer 2017, this consortium will sponsor our first national summer workshop for graduate students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. This three-week workshop will take place in Chicago in the summer of 2017 and will bring together a cohort of thirty graduate students, selected in a multi-stage competition conducted by the Humanities Without Walls consortium.

This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this Fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. Interested students must submit the required application materials (see the Call for Applications here) to their universities’ Humanities Center Director, Graduate College Dean, or equivalent by September 30th, 2016.

Humanities Center Director, Graduate College Dean, or equivalent should submit the application for their nominee by 5:00 pm CDT on November 1st, 2016. Applications should be submitted to HWW-Manager@illinois.edu as a single PDF file attached to an email with the subject line “2017 PreDoc Application.”

We suggest using the following set of criteria in determining which of your many exceptional doctoral students to put forward as the candidate from your university:

  1. What is the applicant’s track record of academic/intellectual excellence and accomplishment?
  2. How well has the applicant communicated his/her reasons for wanting to participate in the workshop?
  3. How well has the applicant prepared, in terms of academic and non-academic training, for non-traditional career paths?
  4. What is the quality of the applicant as a potential representative of his/her home university, and of the Humanities Without Walls consortium more generally?

Review Phase 1 (internal candidate selection): Humanities Centers Directors, Graduate College Deans, or equivalent: you are reading the applications from your home universities and selecting your nominee using your own internal vetting and selection mechanisms. You need to select the most promising candidate to submit for review and selection.

Review Phase 2 (first HWW winnowing): Each center director from the institutions comprising the Humanities without Walls consortium will be given roughly the same number/percentage of applications to review, using the above criteria as a baseline. The goal of this winnowing is to reduce the total applicant pool to the 60 best application.

Review Phase 3 (final selection): The six members of the HWW Predoctoral Summer Workshop Steering Committee will review and assess the 60 finalists, using the above criteria as a baseline, to select the final cohort of 30 Fellows and a list of Alternates.

Announcement of fellowship awards will be made in January 2017. All questions should be directed to HWW project manager Jason Mierek, HWW-manager@illinois.edu.