Public Humanities Fellows Program

The Humanities Center is excited to announce positions for the 2018 Public Humanities Fellows Program, an opportunity for Pitt PhD students during the summer term, 2018 (May 14-August 3). Fellows will work in one of five local institutions (City of Asylum, the Heinz History Center, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy) in positions designed to benefit from their discipline-specific knowledge and their skills as creative thinkers, researchers, and writers. The program is based on the belief that advanced graduate study in the humanities has value well beyond the academy, and that graduate students will benefit from experiences outside the academy regardless of their career ambitions.

Please the list of available positions by clicking here, or on the link below.

This program is available for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences PhD students in the humanities and related fields who are in the dissertation-writing stage. The positions are 6- or 12-week GSA assignments (with benefits), and will require up to 20 hours a week of work. The stipend for 12-week positions is $7,530.00; the stipend for 6-week positions is $3,765.00. Fellows will be required to develop a project plan in collaboration with the institutions for which they work, complete mid-term and end-of-project reports, and present a 10-minute talk on their work at a public event at the conclusion of their project.

Interested students should submit a CV and 2-3 page cover letter that addresses the student’s interest in the position, contributions they will make through it, and fit for the project. Applicants should pay particular attention to the ways that their graduate studies and dissertation research have prepared them for the position for which they are applying. They should feel free to draw on public-facing humanities work they have done in the past, but experience of this sort is not a prerequisite.

Applicants should also arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted separately. Reference letters should address the applicant’s qualifications for the position; past work (academic or otherwise); and potential contributions to and benefits from a Public Humanities Fellowship. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 23, 2018.

Students may apply for one position only. Please indicate which position you are applying for in your cover letter. If you are applying for a position that can be either 6 or 12 weeks long, please indicate your preference and availability for both options. Students must confirm with the Office of Graduate Studies that they are eligible for GSA funding before applying. To check on eligibility, please email Lisa Kubick (, c/c to Preference for positions will be given to those who have not held public humanities fellowships, but those who are eligible may hold a second.

If you have any questions about the program, the positions, your eligibility, or other issues, please contact Dan Kubis, assistant director of the Humanities Center, at Please do not contact the host institutions directly.

Position descriptions for 2018 Public Humanities Fellows.