Grants | 20 April 2018

Humanities Institute Public Fellows Summer 2018 Applications NOW LIVE


We’re now accepting applications for THI Public Fellows Summer 2018 — don’t miss the deadline on May 15!


The Humanities Institute is a hub for academic research. We directly support the work of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates through our fellowship opportunities. These grants provide much needed time and resources for fellows to pursue their Humanities work. Since 1999, we have supported over 450 scholars.

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


Deadline: May 15, 2018

Amount: Up to $5,000 

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 non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, or companies and are meant to allow the students to apply and expand their skills in a non-academic setting while engaged in graduate study. Majority of the work should be completed during Summer 2018. Students are welcome to find their own partner organizations or to pursue opportunities from organizations listed below.

Applicants are required to have attended the Info Session in April, or met with Irena Polic, Managing Director of The Humanities Institute.

Fellows will receive:

1. A fellowship stipend of up to $5,000 (for up to 250 hours of work, at the rate of $20 per hour)

2. Mentoring from The Humanities Institute and from 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 need not 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. 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.