Humanities Without Walls

Call for applications: 2023 HWW National Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop


Humanities Without Walls (HWW) seeks applications for the Career Diversity Summer Workshop. Accepted students will receive a $4,000 stipend to attend the workshop.

The HWW Career Diversity Summer Workshop is an intensive, student-centered career exploration program of values discernment and practical preparation for jobs in a variety of sectors, both beyond and within the academy. This year's workshop will be hosted by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities from July 17 - 28, 2023. Students must be in residence in Minneapolis for the duration of the workshop and are expected to attend all workshop activities.

Deadline: Application materials must be submitted to the ( by November 1, 2022. This is a limited submission competition. One applicant will be forwarded by the to Humanities Without Walls. Do not submit your application directly to HWW. Scroll down for application instructions.

Humanities Without Walls

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 16 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Based at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), HWW is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hosted in 2023 by the University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, the HWW Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop is an intensive, student-centered career exploration program of values discernment and practical preparation for jobs in a variety of sectors, both beyond and within the academy. HWW's cohort-based approach emphasizes student agency while giving attendees space to reflect on their professional journey. Workshop sessions intentionally lay foundations for the fellows as they do the real-time work of discerning personal career values, building community within their cohort, making professional contacts, and researching potential career paths. Participants will learn how to leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media and many other fields.

The very concept of “humanities without walls” commits us to the work of social justice in the context of career diversity programming, and we work to create sessions which help us grapple with the long history of inequities based on race, indigeneity, gender, and class. Participants are typically invested in the pressing social justice issues of our time and are seeking ways to bring humanistic values, insights, and skills to their work lives, whether in the public, nonprofit, or private sector. Previous HWW Summer Workshop Fellows have come from a variety of humanistic disciplines, with experience in community building, museum curation, filmmaking, radio programming, social media, project management, research, writing, and teaching.


All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. 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. 

Application Requirements

Interested doctoral students in the humanities should submit their applications to the ( by November 1, 2022. Combine and submit all application materials as a single PDF file. Please do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

The application file should contain:

  • A narrative (1,000 words maximum; 12pt; single spaced) addressing the following questions. Since your application will be evaluated based on your responses to these questions, please be sure to answer ALL questions:
  1. What are your career interests or your intended career trajectory? How have your background and experiences impacted your choices?
  2. How will this workshop help you achieve your goals? What knowledge and skills are you hoping to learn?
  3. What will you bring to the workshop community? What relevant experiences (personal and professional) will help you to contribute to the workshop cohort?
  4. How will you share what you learn at the workshop with colleagues, your department, campus, and beyond? What impact will it have on your community, field, or discipline?
  5. How do you plan to incorporate a social justice lens into your daily work in your future career?
  6. What opportunities (if any) have you had at your campus (or beyond) to explore diverse career opportunities?
  • A resume or CV (two pages maximum) that includes relevant professional experiences (including e.g., volunteering, part-time employment, etc.).
  •  Two confidential letters of recommendation. One letter should be from a faculty member who is familiar with you and your work. The other letter can be from a community partner, colleague, or staff member who is familiar with you and your work. Letters should be submitted confidentially and separately to the application contact at your home university by November 1, 2022.