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Graduate Assistantships

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:

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.

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.

To Apply

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: 

Application Deadline

April 25, 2021 (11:59pm)

Application portal links

#1 - for the Public Humanities Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship:

#2 - for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Assistantship:


Please email Tom Burke (

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