The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Current graduate students: Apply to be a Public Fellow with the PublicsLab by 3 Feb 2020

If you have big ideas for how your graduate training can have an impact in the world, this program may be for you.  

Apply now to be a Public Fellow with the PublicsLab, which seeks to transform doctoral education for the public good and expand the career options for PhDs. Doctoral students in the first three years of doctoral study in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are invited to apply for this two-year fellowship. Tuition Fellows and GCFs are both eligible.

The program is an opportunity to play a leadership role in re-imagining doctoral education to secure the future of the humanities both inside and outside of higher education. It is intended for graduate students who wish to think broadly about their doctoral education; to consider careers both inside and outside the academy; and to reimagine humanistic doctoral education as something undertaken for the public good. The goal of the program is not to preclude students from going on the academic job market; rather, it is to provide students with a greater variety of professional options post-PhD.

With the support of the PublicsLab and a variety of mentors, both inside and outside the academy, public fellows will engage in public-facing research, career training and skills acquisition, and internships and projects at a range of organizations and community partners. For current GCFs, fellowship activities will replace teaching and/or WAC service for two years.

To learn more and register for an info session with current fellows, please visit the PublicsLab website. Questions can be directed to Faculty Lead Bianca Williams at or PublicsLab director Stacy Hartman at