The Humanities PhD Project supports doctoral students and faculty in the humanities as they imagine, plan for, and pursue multiple career paths as humanists in the world, in the academy and beyond.

Funded by the Andrew S. Mellon Foundation and the Rackham Graduate School, this project broadens the career paths of humanities doctoral students and considers new ways doctoral programs can support these efforts.

This website provides:

  • Graduate students with career resources linked to different stages in their careers
  • Faculty with resources to mentor students, innovate courses, and re-examine doctoral curricula
  • A blog featuring the experiences of doctoral students who participated in Mellon Public Humanities fellowships and short-term immersives
  • Alumni voices showcasing the work of Michigan PhDs outside the tenure track
  • A calendar for humanities professionalization events and a form to submit new events to the calendar

Featured Content

Filibustering History

Filibustering History is a collection of podcasts created by Southern New Hampshire University featuring interviews with historians pursuing a variety of careers. A series of 20-30 minute interviews with a range of professionals including an archivist, a preservation compliance officer, a military staff historian, a grade school teacher, and a consultant – among others – provides a perspective on careers outside of traditional academia. Interviewees also get to talk about their research interests and current projects.

Winter Semester Course – “Public Humanities at the Crossroads”

In Winter 2018 Professor Julie Ellison (English Language and Literature) will be teaching “Public Humanities at the Crossroads.” Part of Rackham’s Mellon Public Humanities initiative, the seminar asks students to take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic and is framed around three questions – “What is the public project of cultural fields now? What do publicly active humanists do? Where, how, and with whom do you start?” Course requirements include developing a collaborative relationship with a regional non-profit. Participation will provide experience in conceptualizing and writing grants, managing projects, and working […]


By Peggy Lee, Doctoral Candidate in American Culture RESIST My last day at the NEH in August 2017 was the same day the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) collectively walked out of their jobs. I myself was counting down the hours until I could leave the NEH, feeling only accountable at that point to the project directors, many of whom had invested a lot of time travelling to D.C. for a one-day convening, my last day. Project directors are the point people in NEH-funded projects; they are […]

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