Washington University awarded $25,000 NEH grant for reconceptualizing humanities graduate education

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a $25,000 planning grant for the project “Cohorts, Courses, Qualifications, and Careers: Reconceptualizing the Humanities PhD at Washington University.” The proposal was written by group of senior faculty in the humanities in partnership with the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and will be spearheaded by the Center for the Humanities.

The grant is part of NEH’s funding program Next Generation Humanities PhD. During the next 12 months, the Center for the Humanities will convene thematic working groups that will focus on creating humanities cohorts, designing coursework in line with employment outcomes and providing target advising. Humanities center director Jean Allman, the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities, is the project director.

The project is among 28 grants, totaling $1,655,361, awarded by NEH on August 9 to support efforts by institutions to plan for and implement changes that transform scholarly preparation in the humanities at the doctoral level and incorporate broader career preparation for PhD candidates. Other award recipients include Princeton University, the University of Chicago and Duke University.