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Predoctoral Summer Workshop

2021 career diversity Workshop for PreDoctoral Students in the Humanities

The 2021 Humanities Without Walls (HWW) Predoctoral Career Diversity Virtual Summer Workshop is a national online workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy and/or the tenure track system. 

Through a series of workshops, talks, and virtual field trips, participants will learn how to leverage their skills and training for careers in the private sector, nonprofits, arts administration, public media, and many other fields. All aspects of the workshop will be remote, virtual, and online.

In addition to a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs, graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms and a cohort of fellows from whom they may draw support and advice. More details about the background and philosophy of the workshop can be found in the "About the Workshop" section on the HWW website. 

The workshop will take place in Summer 2021—from July 19 through August 6, 2021. 

Call for Applications

2021 Humanities Without Walls
National Predoctoral Career Diversity Virtual Summer Workshop
Application deadline: October 31, 2020

This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institution, and only one nomination will be made to HWW by each university. To be considered, Northwestern doctoral students must submit their applications to the Kaplan Humanities Institute via the online portal (below) by 11:59pm on October 31, 2020.


We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing a degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at Northwestern. 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 21, 2021). International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status with the university. 

Fellowship award

Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all online workshop sessions and be active participants in the asynchronous and synchronous elements of the virtual workshop for its entirety.

Workshop details

Selection criteria and full workshop details are on the HWW website:

Accommodation statement

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this workshop, please contact Jason Mierek, HWW's Director of Operations, at 217-300-3711 or Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs. 

Application requirements
Application instructions

Please review all application requirements and instructions prior to clicking through to the portal because you will not be able to save an incomplete application.

Note: All application documents—including letters of recommendation—must be submitted as PDFs.

In the portal:

Application portal

Application deadline: October 31, 2020 (11:59pm)

One candidate will be chosen from the Northwestern applicants and nominated to Humanities Without Walls. Fellowship awards will be announced by the end of January 2021.

Questions? Please email Tom Burke,

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