The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Center for the Humanities is delighted to announce a Presidential Research Fellowship

The Center for the Humanities is delighted to announce one available Presidential Research Fellowship for a student in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center with experience and interest in facilitating interdisciplinary exchange and public events across the humanities. Through our Seminars in the Humanities, The James Gallery, and our archival publication, Lost & Found, the Center for the Humanities provides a space for CUNY students and faculty to engage with other scholars as well as with artists, community organizations, and the general public. “Humanities Fellows” are required to work no more than 12 hours a week, attend a weekly meeting at the office, and support and engage in the activities of the center overall. Each award is for $22,000 and includes eligibility for the low-cost NYSHIP health insurance and an in-state tuition remission (the tuition remission only granted to students who are within their first 10 registered semesters at the GC).  Humanities Fellows are appointed to the NYS payroll as Graduate Assistant Bs (GABs) which will allow them to teach a maximum ONE course each semester at a CUNY college if they wish to do so.)


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:


*   Each fellow is asked to take the lead on facilitating public events and community collaborations around their area of research.  This kind of facilitation requires fluency in contemporary trends (both artistic and academic) and knowledge of influential arts practitioners and humanities and social science scholars.


*   Outreach: Fellows are also expected to identify and build appropriate audience and participant networks within and beyond CUNY for other Center for the Humanities and Gallery events depending on their interests. This entails general management and updating of contacts and mailing lists into Center for Humanities email and database systems.


*   General Publicity: Fellows are expected to assist with design and distribution of fliers and email announcements as well as website maintenance (web design experience not required).


*   Event coordination: Fellows are expected to assist with logistics of event planning and execution, including welcoming of guest speakers, oversight of registration, event documentation (audio, still photography, and video) and willingness to troubleshoot audio-visual and media needs.


Preferred skills: Social Media interests are a priority! Excellent writing and copy-editing skills are required. At least two years professional experience in public relations, publishing, journalism, or other administrative experience in arts or humanities setting is preferred. Knowledge of metro-area cultural organizations a plus.




Please email Kendra Sullivan – – with a cover letter describing your interest in working at the Center for the Humanities as well as a resume by Friday, August 8. The fellowship will begin in September 2014.


Aoibheann Sweeney

Executive Director

The Center for the Humanities

The Graduate Center, CUNY

New York, NY 10016