News | 2 March 2023

CFA: THI Summer Pathways Fellowships


Application Deadline: Sunday, March 26th, 2023

Amount: $5,000 fellowship for Summer 2023

Summer Pathways Fellowships provide first and second year humanities students in the Graduate Student Success (GSS) program with financial support to conduct preliminary research, including that leading towards their qualifying exams and/or eventual dissertation proposals. The fellowships are funded through the Pathways to the Professoriate in the Arts and Humanities project, a cross-divisional initiative to prepare graduate students in the Arts and Humanities from historically underrepresented groups to go on to the professoriate.


  • A PhD student in the first or second year of a graduate program in one of the departments in the Humanities Division (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)
  • A current Graduate Student Success Fellow
  • Within normative time and in good academic standing
  • Must be currently registered (not on leave) to apply and must plan to be registered during the Spring 2023 quarter.

NOTE: Fellows are required to present their work during the annual Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the UCSC Graduate Division during Spring 2024.

Selection Criteria includes:

  • Evidence of academic achievement and potential for continuing achievement as scholars and teachers.
  • Evidence of how your research and teaching work to diversify the academy.
  • Sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy.


  • One page research statement that describes your proposed plan for research this summer and how it will support your future goals. This should include an introduction of your research to an academic reader unfamiliar with your specific topic/discipline and an explanation of why your project is timely, important, or relevant.  
  • One page personal statement that describes your past and ongoing service efforts, your engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy, and how your scholarship relates to a larger community and society as a whole. 
  • One-page curriculum vitae
  • 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).
  • Brief letter of support from a faculty member in your department, evaluating your academic work to date. The letter should address why the research is important and how it will contribute to your progress toward the degree. Advisors should submit their letters via InfoReady. When you click “Send Reference Letter Request” on a saved InfoReady draft application, your advisor will receive an email containing a unique link to a web page to upload their letter.


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,