Call for Applications: Public Humanities Fellowship, Columbia University

February 18, 2019


Current Columbia graduate students and recent doctoral recipients (PhD awarded after January 2018) are eligible to apply, with preference given to those who have already completed their Masters degree. Applications from those with a record of working with the public as well as those who are starting to explore the public humanities are equally welcome.


Duration of the Fellowship is August 2019 to June 2020, including mandatory attendance at a two-day training on August 19-20, 2019 in New York City and subsequent workshops. The Fellowship stipend is $8,000, plus a $500 travel and research stipend. The Fellowship is supported by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


The Public Humanities Fellowship offered by Humanities New York (HNY) aims to strengthen the public humanities community in New York State by supporting the community-engaged work of emerging scholars. This yearlong fellowship offers the opportunity to explore the public application of one’s scholarly interests and provides training in the methods of the public humanities as well as networking and professional development.

Two Public Humanities Fellows will be selected from among Columbia applicants to join a cohort of 18 Fellows from these other New York State universities: The City University of New York Graduate Center, Cornell University, New York University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Binghamton, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University.  See below for Eligibility Requirements.

During the course of the Fellowship, Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in events sponsored by Humanities New York and to apply for project funds from HNY to implement public programs they develop during the course of their Fellowship.


  • Attending a two-day orientation run by Humanities New York [HNY] at their New York City office in August 2019
  • Developing a plan, under the guidance of HNY, to implement a public humanities project and working with community partners on that project
  • Participating in workshops scheduled for December 2019 and June 2020
  • Presenting outcomes of research and public work to the university community in coordination with SoF/Heyman and submitting a final report to HNY
  • Attending the Thursday Lecture Series of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, (12:15pm-1:45pm), which runs for most of the academic year


Interested applicants should submit an online application, including a resume/CV and two references, by Friday, February 18, 2019. The online application can be accessed through Humanities New York’s program management platform. Applicants will need to create an account in the system, even if they’ve applied in prior years. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by April 30, 2019. Further details are available on the Heyman Center for the Humanities website.