Public Fellows Program

THI Public Fellowships create opportunities for Humanities students to contribute to research, programming, communications, and other activities at non-profit organizations, companies, and cultural institutions.

This is more than an internship opportunity. Through public fellowships, students foster meaningful relationships between the campus and broader community, recognize the breadth of their expertise, and learn how the skills they have developed in their university programs can be employed in different positions. For students interested in exploring non-academic career paths, this kind of experience is essential. Fellows develop an understanding of how their knowledge might be deployed for historical work, curatorial projects, or policy-driven pursuits and develop experience that can lead to meaningful and long-lasting careers.

The students and the organizations they work with reflect the diversity of UCSC Humanities research and the deep commitment of our students to connect their scholarly pursuits with the public. Past fellows have worked around the world, employing their skills and knowledge at organizations as diverse as The Center for the Study of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Oslo, Norway, the Tuscon Chinese Cultural Center, the Japanese American Museum in San Jose, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

THI offers three types of public fellowships:

Graduate Summer Public Fellowships – applications are due April 21, 2022
Graduate Year-Long Public Fellowships – applications are due April 21, 2022
Undergraduate Public Fellowships – 2021-2022 opportunities at Prison Journalism Project, Watsonville is in the Heart, The American Prospect, and the Community Foundation.

Questions? Please contact Saskia Nauenberg Dunkell, Research Program Manager, THI at