Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

Call for Applications: Humanities Center Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships

The University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center is pleased to invite applications for Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships of $10,000 each. The goal of this fellowship is to support multidisciplinary humanities research by graduate students at Pitt and to connect them with the multidisciplinary networks of the Humanities Center. Recipients of the fellowship will participate in the intellectual life of the Center throughout the academic year following their summer fellowship, and they will share their work with the Humanities Center community. The Center is committed to creating a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of experiences, identities, and disciplines, and we welcome applications from across Pitt's graduate student community.

Update in light of COVID-19. There is no presumption that the fellowship must involve travel. Those whose summer research plans are contingent on the ability to travel should also describe the work they would do if such travel is not possible in Summer 2021.

Eligibility. Successful applicants for the fellowship must be admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (i.e., be ABD having passed the prospectus review) before May 15, 2021, in a humanities or humanities-adjacent doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh. Additionally, they must be in residence in Pittsburgh during the academic year following their summer fellowship, and they commit to participating in the intellectual life of the Center.

Application Requirements. Applications for a Humanities Center Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship must include the following:

  1. A curriculum vitae of no more than two pages from the applicant, clearly indicating any previous or current funding support already received for the research project;
  2. A description of the research project to be completed over Summer 2021. Examples of the research project to be described can include, but are not limited to, drafting one or more dissertation chapters. The description should articulate the sources and methods to be used, sketch a timetable for the completion of the project, and formulate a budget, which may include stipendiary support for living expenses (no more than 600 words);
  3. An account of how the research project contributes to the student’s dissertation laying out for the general reader both the dissertation’s research problem and its potential impact on relevant scholarly literatures (no more than 300 words);
  4. The Humanities Center is committed to fostering a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of experiences, identities, and disciplines.  Applicants are invited to articulate how they and their project would contribute to this goal (no more than 300 words);
  5. A letter of support from the applicant's dissertation advisor assessing the project’s strengths, significance, and potential to contribute to and benefit from a multidisciplinary humanities environment;
  6. A brief statement of the themes, topics, or areas around which you would most like to engage in a multidisciplinary humanities conversation. (Since we anticipate receiving more excellent applications than there will be fellowships available, this will help us to connect clusters of scholars across the university who indicate that they would like to be in a humanities community with one another, regardless of fellowship outcome. We will be in touch with applicants individually to solicit interest in this program and to facilitate connections after the fellowship competition has concluded.)

Selection Criteria. Applications will be assessed by the Steering Committee of the Humanities Center. In that review of applications, the following criteria will be used to rank proposals, while also being mindful of the goal of creating a diverse and representative class of fellows:

  1. The clarity with which the application lays out a research project with appropriate methods, sources, timeline, and budget;
  2. The potential impact of the dissertation overall as well as the potential impact of the research project on the dissertation;
  3. The likelihood that the fellow and the project would contribute to a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of experiences, identities, and disciplines.

Deadline. Applications must be submitted by Monday, February 15, 2021.

Questions. For any questions, please contact the Co-Directors of the Humanities Center, Carla Nappi (nappi@pitt.edu) and David Marshall (dlm91@pitt.edu).

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