Grants | 30 April 2018

New Program! THI Year Long Public Fellows 2018-19


The Humanities Institute is thrilled to announce a new Year Long Public Fellowships opportunity for Graduate Students enrolled in any Humanities graduate program. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Humanities Institute will support 3-quarter-length internships with companies, non-profits organizations, or cultural institutions. Students are encouraged to explore interests beyond their dissertation or learn how to translate their research into meaningful public engagement. The new fellowship is a core component of THI’s Engaging Humanities Impact and Publics project that builds on the success of the THI Summer Public Fellows program. The year-long fellowship will enable students to have a greater impact on partner institutions and further develop their own interests and skills. We’re now accepting applications — don’t miss the deadline on June 8th!

For more information on how to apply, visit our Research Fellows page or see below:

THI PUBLIC FELLOWS 2018-19 (3 Quarter Opportunity)

Deadline: June 8, 2018

Stipend Amount: $8,000/quarter (tuition and fees for in-state students fully covered)

Number of Fellowships: TBD (based on the availability of funds)

These fellowships provide the opportunity for Humanities doctoral students to contribute to research, programming, communications and fundraising at companies, non-profit organizations, or cultural institutions. This extended fellowship allows students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting through impactful projects that benefit their partner organizations.

Year long fellows will join and contribute to a cohort of Public Fellows. Throughout the year, the cohort will meet regularly with THI staff to address challenges and reflect on their ongoing projects.

Partner organization should be located in Santa Cruz County. Exceptions can be made for partners in the greater Bay Area if the organization is open to an ongoing relationship with THI. Consider pursuing opportunities from organizations listed below.

Before applying, students are required to meet with THI staff by May 15 (contact info below).

Fellows will receive:

1. A fellowship stipend of up to $8,000

2. Mentoring from The Humanities Institute and partner organization

Eligibility: The student must be:

a) Enrolled in a doctoral program in one of the humanities departments

b) Be within normative time and in good academic standing

c) Enrolled in at least five credits of graduate-level coursework. Students are ineligible to apply while on leave.

d) Enrolled in the program at least through June 30, 2019.

Application consists of:

1) Cover Letter (1-2 pages) outlining your interests in a specific position and your qualifications (your research focus can but does not have to align with the project)

2) Resume (1-2 pages)

3) 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.

Partner Organizations:

Below are possible organizations you can work with in Santa Cruz County. If you are interested in working with the organization below, THI staff can put you in touch with the best contact person. Students are also welcome to find their own partner organizations.


*PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into your Google account to use this application form.

Questions? Please contact Irena Polić, Managing Director, THI; or 831.459.1780.