Call for Applications: Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellowships
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The University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center is pleased to invite applications for Undergraduate Fellowships to be taken in 2023. All Pitt undergrads are invited to apply for this fellowship. In addition to the general fellowships, there are two further specific fellowship opportunities this year. The Center for Ethnic Studies Research has made two further fellowships available for Pitt undergrads wishing to do research in the field of Ethnic Studies. Additionally, the David C. Frederick Honors College has made it possible to offer a further fellowship to a Pitt Honors College student. We hope to offer eight fellowships overall: five general fellowships open to all, two fellowships for research in Ethnic Studies, and one further fellowship for an Honors College student.
The goal of these fellowships is (a) to support humanities research by undergraduates at Pitt, (b) to connect them with the multidisciplinary networks of the Humanities Center, and (c) to assist them in securing further fellowship or grant support for the research questions they wish to pursue. For all those interested, there will be an information session at 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 13, meeting remotely at the Humanities Center Zoom Room.
These fellowships have three core components: a three-credit seminar in Spring 2023 in which students receive an introduction to humanities research methods and develop a humanities research project, a research experience in Summer 2023 supported by a $5000 stipend, and a second three-credit seminar in Fall 2023 in which fellows craft a research outcome. Each seminar will be led by one of the Humanities Center Co-Directors, Carla Nappi and David Marshall. The program will also connect all fellows with a mentor who has experience in the relevant field of inquiry.
Eligibility. Successful applicants for the general fellowship must be undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. To be considered for the Ethnic Studies fellowships, a student must indicate that on their application and should respond to the specific Ethnic Studies Fellowship prompts detailed below. For the Honors College fellowship, a student should indicate that on their application and must be accepted into an Honors degree program. All fellows commit to participation in both the Spring and Fall seminars. For any queries regrading the timing and location of the seminars, contact us at email@example.com. You may indicate that you're already working with a faculty mentor on the proposed project, but this is not a prerequisite for application, and we are very happy to match you with a mentor through the program.
Application Requirements. Applications for a Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellowship must include the following:
- A narrative describing what draws you to the fellowship. Why are you interested in learning about and pursuing humanities research? Do you have a particular set of interests or materials in mind that you’d like to explore? Is there a class that brought your attention to some of the artifacts you want to look at more closely? Are there particular questions that drive you to pursue research in the humanities? (no more than 600 words);
- A brief statement on how you and your interests will contribute to the Humanities Center’s goal of fostering a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of experiences, identities, and disciplines (no more than 300 words);
- A brief statement on whether you'll be applying for other research fellowships (and if so which ones), and whether you have received funding support for a humanities research project in the past;
- A current academic transcript that includes a list of courses already taken (this can be either an official or an unofficial transcript);
- If you wish to be considered for the Honors College fellowship, please confirm that you have been admitted into an Honors College degree program in your application.
Selection Criteria. Applications will be assessed by the Co-Directors of the Humanities Center relative to the following criteria:
- The clarity and thoughtfulness of the narrative statement;
- The likelihood that the fellow and the project would contribute to a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of experiences, identities, and disciplines;
- The potential impact of the fellowship on the applicant's ability to undertake research in the humanities;
- The scholarly record of the applicant;
- The potential impact of the research project on disciplinary, academic, and/or non-university audiences.
Deadline. Applications must be submitted by Monday, October 24, 2022.
Questions. For any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowships
With the support of the Center for Ethnic Studies Research (CESR), the Humanities Center will provide two $5,000 summer research fellowships to support Ethnic Studies research by undergraduate students at Pitt. The interdisciplinary field of Ethnic Studies examines the social and historical examination of race and racism in the U.S. In particular, it centers the histories, experiences, cultures, and issues concerning four core underrepresented racial-ethnic groups: Asian American, Latinx, Native American, and African American/African diasporic communities in the U.S. Investigative methodologies are drawn from the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and arts to explore questions concerning race, ethnicity, racism, and resistance to inequality and exclusion.
In addition to the opportunities and responsibilities required for the Humanities Center Undergraduate Student Research Fellowships, recipients of the two Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowships will participate in the intellectual life of the Center for Ethnic Studies Research by presenting their findings during the academic year following their summer research.
If you wish to be considered for both the general fellowship and the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship, then please indicate that when you apply. If you are applying for the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship, you do not need to submit additional materials, but you should address the following in your narrative description:
- What are your particular interests in Ethnic Studies research, and what set of materials do you have in mind that you’d like to explore that are focused on one or more ethnic communities of color?
- Was there a class that brought your attention to some of the artifacts you want to look at more closely that focus on the humanities as related to Ethnic Studies—and if so, what was that class?
- Are there particular questions that drive you to pursue research in the humanities with a focus on Ethnic Studies?
Selection Criteria for the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship. In addition to the general criteria, applications for the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowship will be assessed relative to:
- Demonstrated academic and/or extra-curricular interests in engaging with communities in Ethnic Studies;
- Potential impact of the fellowship on the applicant’s ability to undertake research addressing race and ethnicity, racism, social justice, and/or representation;
- Potential impact of the Ethnic Studies research project on disciplinary, academic, and/or non-university audiences;
- Potential for the applicant to contribute to the intellectual life of the Center for Ethnic Studies Research.
Deadline. Applications for the Ethnic Studies Undergraduate Research Fellowships must also be submitted by Monday, October 24, 2022.
Questions. For any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.