Career Diversity Workshop Call for Applications

Application Deadline


Application launching in August 2022. Please check back for more details! 

Deadline for Students: November 1, 2022

Deadline for Nominating Directors: December 6, 2022

Amount of award: $5,000

Dates: July 17 - 28, 2023  

Eligibility: Doctoral students in the humanities at US universities. HWW especially encourages students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education to apply.

How to submit: Students contact their humanities center director or equivalent to be nominated; directors must submit their nomination to:

FAQs: Review list of frequently asked questions 

At A Glance

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) seeks applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the HWW Career Diversity Summer Workshop, to be held from July 17 - 28, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Students must be in residence in Minneapolis for the duration of the workshop and are expected to attend all workshop activities.

Hosted in 2023 by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, the HWW Career Diversity Summer Workshop is an intensive, student-centered career exploration program of values discernment and practical preparation for jobs in a variety of sectors, both beyond and within the academy. HWW methods emphasize student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on their professional journey. Workshop sessions intentionally lay foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within their cohort, making professional contacts, and researching potential career paths. Selected workshop fellows will be provided with accommodations in Minneapolis and a $5,000 stipend to support travel, meals, and incidentals during the workshop.

Application Guidelines

Required Application Materials

Students should submit their applications to their home universities’ humanities center director, graduate college dean, or equivalent by November 1, 2022. Each university designates their own office and process for nomination.

Please combine and submit the following as a single PDF file:

  • A completed application cover sheet.
  • A voluntary self-identification form.
  • A narrative (1,000 words maximum) explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:
    • What does “career diversity” mean to you and what do you know about career diversity in graduate education?
    • Why are you interested in attending the workshop?
    • What kinds of knowledge and skills are you seeking from the workshop?
    • How do you envision sharing what you learn at the workshop with your colleagues, department, campus, and beyond? What experiences have you had in applied or public humanities or public engagement?
    • What do you hope to achieve as a result of attending the workshop?
  • CV or resume (two pages maximum).
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair. Letters should be submitted confidentially and separately to the application contact at your home university.

Application Procedures

Students must be nominated by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be submitted from each university. Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately to the applicant’s home institution contact by midnight on November 1, 2022. Announcement of awards will be made by late January of 2023.

Humanities center directors, graduate college deans, or equivalents should submit the application for their campus nominee by midnight on December 6, 2022. Applications should be submitted to


HWW especially encourages students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education to apply.

  • All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a university within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have received the doctoral degree at the time of the workshop.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but must confirm their registration and eligibility status at their home universities.
  • HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork or advising on taxation policies. 


All questions should be directed to