Grants | 24 November 2020

CFA: C.L. Barber Fellowship with Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer 2021


We’re now accepting applications for the C.L. Barber Fellowship with Santa Cruz Shakespeare — Applications due January 15, 2021


This fellowship is sponsored by The Humanities Institute and Shakespeare Workshop at UC Santa Cruz. Shakespeare Workshop is a collaboration of faculty, students, and artists at UC Santa Cruz who are devoted to the study of Shakespeare’s works and to the mission of public higher education.

The Humanities Institute is a hub for new directions in research and teaching, cross-discipline collaboration, and public engagement. We directly support the work of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates through our fellowship opportunities. For more information on all THI Fellowship opportunities, visit our Funding page.


Deadline: January 15, 2021

Amount: $5,000

Number of Fellowships: 1

The C.L. Barber Fellowship provides for one masters or doctoral student in Literature to work as an assistant dramaturg in the 2021 summer season at Santa Cruz Shakespeare, under the direction of the Artistic Director and Head Dramaturg there.

C.L. Barber Fellows are members of the Public Fellows cohort of The Humanities Institute. Public fellowships provide the opportunity for humanities graduate students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting while engaged in graduate study.

Please consider the following questions when writing your application: (1) How would your experience with Shakespeare, whatever it may be, contribute to the success of the summer season?  (2) How does working as a dramaturg at Santa Cruz Shakespeare fit into your career trajectory or your goals for exploring career options? (3) How would your work at Santa Cruz Shakespeare enrich your teaching and research as a Literature graduate student?

The C.L. Barber Fellow will receive:

  1. A fellowship stipend of $5,000 paid either in Spring or Summer 2021
  2. Mentoring from Shakespeare Workshop, The Humanities Institute, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare 


Applicants must be:

  1. Enrolled in the doctoral or masters program in Literature at UC Santa Cruz; 
  2. In good academic standing (and, for doctoral students, within normative time);
  3. Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework (students are ineligible to apply while on leave).

Application consists of:

1) Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interest in this position and your qualifications, including your interest in or experience with Shakespeare

2) CV or Resume (1-2 pages)

3) A signed form from the department Graduate Director stating that you are in good academic standing and, if a doctoral student, within normative time, during the 2020-2021 Academic Year. (Download Form here.)


After an initial screening by The Humanities Institute, applications will be forwarded to Santa Cruz Shakespeare, which will organize interviews. The final decision about applications will be made jointly by The Humanities Institute and Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare:

Information about Santa Cruz Shakespeare may be found on its website. Applicants are also encouraged to talk with Sean Keilen, faculty director of Shakespeare Workshop (, prior to submitting the application.


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