Pitt Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships

At present, Humanities Center fellowship programs for the 2021-22 academic year have been put on hold by the Dietrich School for budgetary reasons.  We still anticipate running these programs, but announcements and calls for application will probably be posted later than they typically have been in previous years.

The University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center is pleased to invite applications for five 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.

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 2020.

Eligibility. Successful applicants for the fellowship must be admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy before May 15, 2020 (i.e., be ABD having passed the prospectus review) in a humanities or humanities-related 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:

  • A description of the research project to be completed over Summer 2020, which may certainly be the draft of a dissertation chapter.  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 500 words).
  • 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 500 words).
  • An account of how the project and dissertation would both benefit from and contribute to a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of perspectives, identifications, and disciplines (no more than 500 words);
  • A CV of no more than two pages from the applicant.
  • A letter of support from the dissertation advisor assessing the project’s strengths, significance, and potential to contribute to and benefit from a multidisciplinary environment, which should be uploaded by the advisor using the link at the bottom of this page 

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:

  • The clarity with which the application lays out a research project with appropriate methods, sources, timeline, and budget.
  • The potential impact of the dissertation overall as well as the potential impact of the research project on the dissertation.
  • The likelihood that the project and dissertation would benefit from and contribute to a multidisciplinary humanities environment incorporating a diversity of perspectives, identifications, and disciplines.

Deadline. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 20, 2020.

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

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