Build your credentials and portfolio in the public humanities!
Two interdisciplinary GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS in the humanities for 2021-2022
#1 — Public Humanities Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship
The 2021-2022 Public Humanities Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistant in the Kaplan Humanities Institute will work closely with the Kaplan Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow to run the yearlong Public Humanities Research Workshop. They will also contribute to an ongoing graduate student career development series, among other duties. The goal of the assistantship is to develop skills and credentials in the public humanities, with particular training in event management, interpersonal skills, community engagement, group leadership, and graduate student professionalization.
#2 — Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship with the Kaplan Humanities Institute
The 2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship is an academic-year opportunity at the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities designed to build professional capacity in programming, administration, and leadership. The role will encompass a broad range of duties, from supporting undergraduate courses to building collaboration and outreach initiatives with Northwestern and outside organizations. The goal of the assistantship is to develop the skills and credentials in the public humanities and experience with the operations of an academic humanities institute.
To be eligible for both of these Graduate Assistantships, you must:
- be a PhD student in the humanities or social sciences
- be in good academic standing
- have the approval of your program DGS and primary thesis advisor to accept the appointment
- be a TGS student
Important: You may not be beyond your fifth year for the duration of the GA appointment; however, the quarters of funding for this Kaplan GAship are bankable into a sixth year. Remember that TGS calculates a student's year based on the number of quarters they have been in their PhD program, so we encourage you to confirm your clock with TGS, especially if you have questions about an MA/PhD program.
- Stipend for academic year (Sept.-June); the FY2020 stipend rate is $8,376 per quarter, paid out monthly
- Tuition scholarship
- Both GAs will be expected to dedicate two (2) full work days a week to this job for the duration of the academic year; the GA is also expected to attend the Wednesday Kaplan lunch colloquium series
- Based on budget and identified needs, the GAs and Kaplan staff will, in the fall, create a plan for work to be carried out over the year. The GAs will report to the Kaplan Assistant Director
Application Instructions and Materials
Applications are submitted via on online application portal (see link at bottom of this page). Please review all application instructions prior to clicking through to the portal; you will not be able to save an incomplete application. Note: all application documents must be submitted in PDF format.
Please submit a complete application for the position you are seeking; if you’d like to apply for both GAships, please be sure to submit separate applications to the applicable portals.
In the application portal, please complete your official contact and academic information in the fields provided. Please also prepare and upload PDFs of the following documents:
- Cover letter: outlining your relevant experience and coursework, and how this opportunity would augment your professional advancement
- Research Statement: abstract of your dissertation topic (1 page); if you do not yet have a dissertation abstract, you may submit a writing sample (up to 10 pages)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Letter of recommendation (from your advisor, department chair, academic colleague, or other). **IMPORTANT** Please have your recommender ready to upload their letter one day after the application deadline. They will receive an email prompt and instructions for uploading to the application portal once your application is submitted.
April 25, 2021 (11:59pm)