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

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs

  This year’s Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program will place up to 25 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year term staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Now in its eighth year the program aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. APPLICATIONS DUE: MARCH 14 2018

Next Steps for Career Diversity: Diving into Graduate Education

In the December 2017 issue of Perspectives, the American Historical Association’s news magazine, Executive Director James Grossman discussed next steps for the AHA’s Career Diversity Initiative. An overarching goal for the AHA’s Career Diversity for Historians Initiative is addressing discrepancies between what is taught in history doctoral programs and the work that history PhDs actually do. Developing skills in communication, collaboration, quantitative literacy, intellectual self-confidence, and digital literacy can have great utility for both new professors and non-traditional careers.

Digitizing Digs: My Summer at the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences

By Allison Kemmerle, Doctoral Candidate in Greek & Roman History This past summer, I completed a Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship at the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University. The MATRIX Center partners with community organizations like libraries and museums to digitize collections of cultural resources and make them accessible resources for education and outreach. When I applied for the fellowship at MATRIX, I was eager to learn about managing digital archives. As part of my training as an ancient historian working with the University of […]

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Upcoming Events

all-day Rackham Public Engagement Fellow...
Rackham Public Engagement Fellow...
Feb 26 all-day
Previously funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rackham Public Engagement Fellowships provide Rackham students exciting opportunities to intern at cultural, nonprofit, and educational organizations on campus, in Ann Arbor, and in nearby communities like Detroit. https://www.rackham.umich.edu/publicscholarship/programs/rackham-public-engagement-fellowships/
12:00 pm CV to Resume @ Rackham West Conference Room
CV to Resume @ Rackham West Conference Room
Mar 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
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