Humanities Without Walls

Pre-doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshops

Call for Applications: 2021 Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Summer Workshops

Summer 2021—July 19th through August 6th.

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Humanities Without Walls Summer Workshops aim to help prepare doctoral students for careers both within and outside the academy. Graduate students selected for this program will engage in intensive discussions with organizers of public humanities projects, leaders of university presses and learned societies, experts in the various domains of the digital humanities, representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations, and higher education professionals (e.g. academic administrators, student services professionals, librarians and archivists, development officers).

In summer 2021, HWW is holding its first online, national, virtual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. Through a series of workshops, talks, and virtual field trips, participants learn how to leverage their skills and training towards careers in the private sector, the non-profit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields. All aspects of the workshop will be remote, virtual, and online in nature.

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to participate in this three-week, virtual summer workshop. This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. 

Eligibility: All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshop takes place. Applicants cannot have a graduation date on or before July 1st, 2021. 

Award: Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all online workshop sessions and be active participants in the asynchronous and synchronous elements of the virtual workshop for its entirety.

Application Requirements:

  • HWW Cover Sheet
  • 1000-word narrative
  • CV (two page maximum)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One should be from the applicant's advisor; both letters should focus on the applicant's suitability for this workshop.

Check HWW website for updates and more details on the application process. Interested doctoral students must submit their applications to ISLA via email to Karla Cruise ( no later than October 31st, 2020. We will select Notre Dame's nominee by December 1, 2020.  HWW will then make final funding determinations in January, 2021.