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Application for Public Humanities Workshop

The Kaplan Institute is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Public Humanities Graduate Research Workshop.


DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications are now due Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59PM CST.

Workshop details

Graduate student participants will develop a public humanities project over the course of the 2021-2022 academic year, culminating in a public symposium in spring quarter. Through six workshops, students will explore the full range and impact of publicly-engaged scholarship, bridging theory and practice in their own project and connecting to practitioners and scholars engaged in similar work. The Kaplan Institute is able to offer project funds of up to $500 and administrative support.

Projects can include (but are not limited to) podcasts, public syllabi, short films or other media, walking tours, exhibits, community events, installations, and performances. We welcome any ideas that are of interest to applicants. The workshop will meet twice a quarter in a hybrid format (with lunch provided for both on-campus and virtual participants), bringing together faculty and staff from across Northwestern, as well as from institutions around the world. 

For more information on the workshop: 


Application instructions and materials

Graduate students should submit their applications for the research workshop via the Online Application Portal (see link below). Please complete your Official Contact Information and Academic Information in the fields provided. Please also prepare and upload PDF files of the following application documents:

For the Personal Statement, answer the following two questions in a single PDF document not exceeding two single-spaced pages. (Please remember to include your name and department on the final document.)
  1. What does publicly-engaged humanistic work (or the “public humanities”) mean to you? How does your background, experiences, and/or interests shape your vision of the public humanities?
  2. Provide a summary of the project you would like to develop this year as part of the Research Workshop. Let us know your ideas about what the final product or event would look like; who the intended audience would be for the project; the rationale for the project; and the estimated scope of the project (dates, length, medium, route, participants, number of episodes, etc.).
Please note the project can be at any stage of development, from initial concept to final implementation. Throughout the year, we will bring in relevant speakers, as well as provide administrative, intellectual, and financial support to help foster your project.

Online application portal

Please submit your application materials to this link:


What constitutes a public humanities project?

Any type of project that seeks to connect to, inform, or support communities beyond the university. For more ideas or details, please read A Typology of the Publicly Engaged Humanities by Daniel Fisher at Humanities for All:

I’m interested in publicly-engaged work but don’t have a fully developed project in mind at this stage. Should I still apply?

Yes, even if you can offer us a broad outline of what you’d like to develop as part of the workshop, we strongly encourage you to apply. Throughout the year, you’ll be given opportunities to learn from other participants, outside speakers, and the workshop conveners. You may also find others in the group who would like to build a project collaboratively.

At what stage should I be in my PhD training to join the workshop?

Any and all graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are welcome to join at any stage in their training. Wherever you are in your program, you will gain benefits from developing a public humanities project and theorizing further about the importance of this work within universities.

Further questions?

Contact Negar Razavi: or Beka Bryer:

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