Grants | 5 February 2024

CFA: C.L. Barber Fellowship with Santa Cruz Shakespeare Summer 2024


Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Amount: $6,000 Fellowship for Summer 2024

The C.L. Barber Fellowship provides for one masters or doctoral student in Literature to work as an assistant dramaturg in the 2024 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:

  • How would your experience with Shakespeare, whatever it may be, contribute to the success of the summer season? 
  • How does working as a dramaturg at Santa Cruz Shakespeare fit into your career trajectory or your goals for exploring career options?
  • 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:

A fellowship stipend of $6,000 for Summer 2024
Mentoring from Shakespeare Workshop, The Humanities Institute, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare 


Applicants must be:

  • In good academic standing (and, for doctoral students, within normative time)
  • Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework (students are ineligible to apply while on leave)


  • A Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interest in this position and your qualifications, including your interest in or experience with Shakespeare
  • A CV or Resume (1-2 pages)
  • 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 2024-2025 Academic Year (they will be prompted to do this after you submit your application).


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.


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 Program Manager,