Wednesday, August 11, 2021
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Launched in 2015 as an initiative of the Humanities Without Walls (HWW) consortium, this annual workshop welcomes 30 participants each summer from higher education institutions across the United States. HWW Summer Workshop Fellows work in a variety of academic disciplines. They are scholars and practitioners who bring experience in community building, museum curation, filmmaking, radio programming, social media, project management, research, writing, and teaching. They are invested in issues of social justice and seek ways to bring humanistic values, insights, and skills to the public and private sectors. In the spirit of practice-oriented learning, HWW partners with entities such as IDEO, a design and consulting firm, to lead students in real-world problem-solving exercises around important contemporary issues. Recognizing that each fellow’s skillset has been primarily oriented toward an academic track, the workshop includes sessions on values-based career planning, resume and cover letter construction, networking, and social media strategies from experts in career development.

Graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of HWW Summer Workshop Fellows (and friends!) from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.” 

University of Minnesota is site of 2023 workshop

In summer 2023, the workshop will be held in Minneapolis, MN, from July 17-28. Participants will learn about the rich humanities landscape in Minneapolis. Selected participants are expected to be in residence in Minneapolis for the duration of the workshop, to attend all workshop activities each day and be active participants in the program for its entirety. Students located in the Minneapolis area will stay in their resident housing in the area. Students located outside the Minneapolis area are required to stay in the housing arranged and provided through the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study.


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 1, 2022. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork. 

Fellowship award

Each Fellow from outside the Minneapolis area will receive a $4,000 award; the Minneapolis resident Fellow will receive a $4,500 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all workshop sessions and be active participants in the program for its entirety. Lodging, ground transportation to and from the MSP Airport, and some meals are provided through the workshop. The stipend difference is intended to support flight/mileage transportation costs to and from Minneapolis, MN. The stipend is provided as a participation award and to support meals not otherwise provided, parking if needed, and any other expenses not otherwise provided directly through the workshop.

Application process

Please visit the homepage of Humanities Without Walls to learn about eligibility and carefully follow the application procedures you’ll find there. The application deadline is November 1, 2022.

View program details on the HWW website.