Evaluating Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Workshop Applications

The Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshops aim to prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy. 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 2019, HWW is holding its second national, in-residence summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. Through a series of workshops, talks, and field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training towards careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields.

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degree in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to participate in this three-week, in-residence summer workshop. 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. To be considered, interested doctoral students must submit the required application materials (see the Call for Applications) to their home universities’ humanities center director, graduate college dean, or equivalent by September 30th, 2018. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

Humanities Center Director, Graduate College Dean, or equivalent should submit the application for their nominee by 5:00 pm CDT on November 2nd, 2018. Applications should be submitted to HWW-Manager@illinois.edu as a single PDF file attached to an email with the subject line “2019 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 applications.

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 2019. All questions should be directed to Jason Mierek, Director of Operations of the HWW Consortium, at HWW-DirectorOps@illinois.edu.