Grants | 14 March 2023

CFA: Apply to be a THI Summer Public Fellow


Application Deadline: Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Amount: Up to $6,000

THI invites applications for our Public Fellows program. THI Public Fellows contribute to research, programming, communications, and fundraising at companies, non-profit organizations, or cultural institutions and gain valuable experience applying their skills and expertise outside of academia.

THI Graduate Public Fellows receive $6000 to work on a project during the summer. THI can match graduate students with organizations and help develop positions for students with new or existing partners. Graduate students can also propose a project with an organization of their choosing. Learn more about previous fellows on our THI Public Fellowship page.

* Note that applicants are required to attend a Public Fellows Info Session on April 12th, 2023 if they have not already attended a previous info session, or meet with THI staff by April 14th, 2023.


During Summer 2023, public fellows will apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting while engaged in graduate study. THI can help graduate students find a mentor at a partner organization or students can set up their own projects. 

Please consider the following questions when writing your application and communicating with your proposed mentor:

  • Does the organization endorse the project you will be working on?
  • What are the proposed working hours?
  • How will your project and collaboration with the partner organization fit into your career trajectory or your goals for exploring career options?
  • How does your project fit with the organization’s goals?
  • Who will serve as your mentor at the partner organization and what will that mentorship look like?

Fellows will receive:

  • A fellowship stipend of up to $6,000 (for up to 200 hours of work)
  • Mentoring from The Humanities Institute and from the partner organization

Eligibility: The student must be:

  • Enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the Humanities departments
  • Be within normative time and in good academic standing
  • Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave. (Important: in order to fill out the application, you must show your departmental affiliation within the Humanities Division by adding a primary organization on your InfoReady profile)
  • Enrolled in the program at least through Fall 2023.

Application consists of:

  • Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interests in a specific position and your qualifications (your research focus can but need not align with the project)
  • Resume (1-2 pages)
  • Work agreement – no more than one page – signed by the applicant and a dedicated mentor at the partner organization. The work agreement should address the work that has been agreed on, the timeline for the project, and its deliverables.
  • Contact information for your department Graduate Director who will be required to confirm through InfoReady that you will be within normative time and in good academic standing during the 2023-2024 Academic Year (they will be prompted to do this after you submit your application).


Make sure you use the “Login for University of California, Santa Cruz Users.” Please follow the steps in our InfoReady Guide if this is your first time using InfoReady. We encourage you to start your application as soon as possible to familiarize yourself with the InfoReady platform. 

Questions? Please contact Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell, Research Programs and Communications Manager,