Humanities Without Walls Predoctoral Workshop Internal Competition

In summer 2022, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will host HWW’s annual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about diverse careers for humanists. Through a series of workshops, talks, and site visits, participants will learn how to imagine possible futures and leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media, and many other fields. Ann Arbor, Michigan will serve as the primary location for workshop activities. The location will provide students with the opportunity to experience the vibrant humanities ecosystem that exists in the region, including Detroit.

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the two-week 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.

Important dates & details

Internal application deadline: November 1, 12 PM CST

HWW application deadline: December 6

Announcement: January 2022

Workshop dates: Summer 2022 — June 17–July 1, 2022

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 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.

How to Apply

Download application cover sheet

To be considered, interested doctoral students from Washington University must submit their applications to the Center for the Humanities by November 1, 2021. Send an email to using the following naming convention for your application PDF: Last name First name HWW Workshop. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

Applications should include the following:

• A completed application cover sheet
• A narrative (1,000 words maximum) explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:
     — What does “career diversity” mean to you and what do you know about career diversity in graduate education?
     — Why are you interested in attending the workshop?
     — What kinds of knowledge and skills are you seeking from the workshop? 
     — How do you envision sharing what you learn at the workshop with your colleagues, department, campus, and beyond?
     — What experiences have you had in applied or public humanities or public engagement?
     — What do you hope to achieve as a result of attending the workshop?

• CV (two pages maximum)
• Letter of recommendation. Please arrange for your adviser/dissertation chair to submit their letter of recommendation by email to the same address ( The letter should emphasize your fit for this workshop.

NOTE: The Center for the Humanities will work with the selected applicant on his/her final application to HWW. At this time, the applicant chosen will need to provide an additional second letter of recommendation by the deadline for submission to HWW on December 6.