The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Center for the Humanities’ Digital Publics Fellows for GC Doctoral Students

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (DUE November 18, 2016):

The Center for the Humanities seeks 2 CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students (entering 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th year in fall 2017) in the humanities or the humanities related social-sciences to participate in the Seminar Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.


This highly competitive digital fellowship offers a stipend and graduate assistantship (totaling $27,000). The graduate assistant appointment will provide in-state tuition remission to students within their first 10 registered semesters of doctoral study at the CUNY Graduate Center. This digital fellowship is for one year with an option to renew for a second; it will require a 15 hour per week commitment.

Digital fellows will be expected to participate in weekly seminar meetings in spring 2017. The official fellowship begins in fall 2017. Digital Fellows will have a desk at the Center for the Humanities where they will work one day a week to build and implement digital platforms for public engagement as well as their own digital projects related to seminar research themes. This position is collaborative and regular meetings set by research teams are mandatory for the duration of the seminar period.


What is the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research?

The Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research is a two-year public humanities initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The seminar, which will run from spring 2017-spring 2019, builds on The Center for the Humanities’ successful pilot to promote the diverse ways the humanities function in public life as a public good. Bringing together a network of at least 38 faculty, students, and–uniquely–civic, cultural, and community partners, the seminar produces and circulates research through public projects, engaged scholarship, and interdisciplinary activities at the City University of New York and in New York City itself.

For more information about the kinds of projects produced by the pilot program, view here.

In order to activate a range of academic disciplines, the seminar is organized into four distinct research teams. The overall seminar and its four integrated research teams provide a tiered, networked structure to promote both broad inquiry into public research methodologies as well as focused scholarship on specific critical topics that bridge the arts and humanities, the digital humanities, the humanities-related social sciences, and social justice. Each research team (of 8-10 participants) is led by 2 faculty coleaders. The general themes to be refined and finalized by selected participants are:

  • public education and racial (in)justice;
    ·        music and sound (performance, creation, and scholarship);
    ·        archives;
    ·        histories of global contemporary art.

What is a public humanities project?

Some examples of collaboratively produced public projects include: archival research, intervention, and presentation; artworks; exhibitions; films; choreographic works and performances; classroom initiatives; translations; co-authored articles; public syllabi; workshops and classes; interpretive websites and interactive digital platforms; theatrical productions; books and publications; and community actions. In short, public projects are seated in serious scholarly research and connect communities working both inside and outside the university setting. For more information, view here.


– Doctoral student in the humanities or humanities-related social sciences with a focus on digital humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY;
– Entering years 2-5 of study in fall 2017;
– Web development, interactive and interpretative design, and social media experience;
– Proficiency in developing through to completion digital humanities projects;
– Open to students with and without Graduate Center fellowship packages.

Fellowship Structure

Semester 1 (spring 2017):
Digital fellows will participate in weekly meetings and occasional professional development workshops as part of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. This R&D period will help feed into ongoing digital and public projects.

Semester 2-4 (fall 2017, spring 2018, fall 2019):
Digital fellows will help plan and promote collaborative public humanities projects in collaboration with faculty coleaders, community partners, and other students – building relationships across CUNY and the city. Fellows will work one day each week in the Center for the Humanities to build and implement complementary digital components of the seminar, actively disseminating information about ongoing projects and creating collaborative digital spaces that promote ongoing activities.

Semester 5 (spring 2019): Fellows will present and conceptualize the work of the seminar in digital space. Select professional development and public and student engagement opportunities will continue.


– Be making satisfactory progress towards their degree;
– Attend monthly seminar meetings and occasional professional development workshops at the GC;
– Write regular monthly public reflections (approx. 500 words) about their experiences to be shared via the Center for the Humanities blog;
– Demonstrated knowledge of digital interfaces;
–  Participate, plan, and promote public events generated by the seminar.


Please identify clearly which research theme aligns with your scholarship in your application.

Please send letter of interest, highlighting past collaborative activities and public scholarship; a one page proposal for potential digital projects in the public humanities, keeping in mind that initial plans will evolve in dialogue with other participants; and a CV to Kendra Sullivan at

Applications will be judged on: Scholarship; Creativity, Feasibility, Necessity, and Engagement.

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held on 10/11/16 and 10/19/16 in Room 9206 from 4p – 6p. For RSVPs and further inquiries, please email For more information about the kinds of projects produced by the pilot program, view here.


Due to the popular response, this deadline has been extended to November 18, 2016.