Applied Humanities Summer Fellows – Application Instructions

Deadline: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 5:00pm


The Hall Center's Applied Humanities Summer Fellows program supports PhD or MA students who would like to explore ways they can apply the research skills they have acquired as graduate students to projects that collaborate with community organizations and/or career paths other than academic research or teaching. 

The Hall Center is partnering with local non-profit organizations and a range of units at KU to appoint Applied Humanities Summer Fellows. Fellows will work either with a community organization on a project that incorporates humanities-oriented research skills, or with a unit at KU on a project that will give them experience in programmatic development, grant development, or other university administrative activities. 

Fellows will receive $3,000 for 300 hours of work, generally 30 hours a week for 10 weeks (mid-May through July). The fellow and the agency or unit will determine specific schedules on a case-by-case basis. Travel expenses may be added to the stipend, based on the fellow's home location and the internship location.


Black Archives of Mid-America

The Black Archives of Mid-America (Kansas City) seeks an Applied Humanites Summer Fellow  to work with the Archivist and other staff, acquiring a range of skills relevant to archival and museum work. The fellow will learn the standard system for filing and recording documents and artifacts in an archives repository.  Practical duties include:

  1. Maintain and understand the PastPerfect Temporary Custody paperwork for newly-arrived donations.  Process new artifacts and store them in a prescribed place.
  2. Schedule research visits; assure that researchers have signed the appropriate paperwork for accessing archival materials; retrieve materials for researchers use.
  3. Observe and assist patrons using reading room to protect our collections from loss or damage.  Copy any materials requested by researchers.
  4. Scan materials into our database.  Record appropriately the accession of 3-D artifacts.
  5. Scan newly acquired photos for attachment to accession forms, or items determined to be too vulnerable to be placed in Vertical Files.
  6. Set up new biographical files.
  7. Organize and maintain ephemera collections such as yearbooks, family histories, business records, government records, posters, prints, etc.
  8. After verifying accuracy, file catalog records, deeds of gift, etc. in the appropriate folders.
  9. Work with art curator to create exhibitions.

The fellow must be willing to work on-site.  Our building is secure, is regularly sanitized, masks are required, and social distancing is practiced.

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area seeks a gifted storyteller to add a series of podcasts about our heritage area.  These additional podcasts would be added to ones produced by a prior Hall Center student.  You can find the podcasts online at the FFNHA website.  Beyond storytelling, the successful applicant would have the capability to organize material that reflects all the people who make up the FFNHA story.  The nature of our current circumstances suggests that the candidate can record quality audio, add it to the narrative, and produce quality audio through their tools or free audio tools available online or from area libraries.

FFNHA began in 2003 as a non-profit entity, and Congress authorized it as a national heritage area in October 2006.  Congress and the National Park Service selected three unique national themes it attached to the heritage area's work.  Those themes are the frontier's settlement, the border and civil wars on the western frontier, and the enduring struggle for freedom.

We function as a partner support group.  We have some 250 partners that operate a museum or historic sites.  Nearly 100 more are partners but don't have a visitable location.  

Our office is based in Lawrence, but we continue to work at home and do so for the near future.  The successful candidate will have the capability to work at home. 

Humanities Kansas

Program Assistant Writing Project, Humanities Kansas (112 SW 6th Ave, Suite 400, Topeka KS 66603):  This position offers a motivated graduate student the opportunity to work autonomously as well as collaboratively as a Program Assistant on a partnership between Humanities Kansas and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program. In spring 2023, HK will open the exclusive Kansas tour of the Smithsonian traveling exhibition called "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" and the summer of 2022 will be spent preparing for its arrival. Primary responsibilities of the Program Assistant include: writing a minimum of ten feature stories highlighting Kansas rural stories told through our statewide community partners; coordinating and writing materials for a special catalog; working with community partners to create a Clio Kansas Voices and Votes online tour; and other duties as assigned. The selected candidate must possess exceptional writing skills with the ability to tell interesting and unique Kansas stories, strong organizational, communications, and time-management skills, and an interest in public humanities. The position is located in downtown Topeka with some remote work opportunities and the possibility of some offsite (in-state) travel.

Kansas City Public Library 

Kansas City Public Library (14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105). The library is seeking a graduate student with exceptional research, writing, and time management skills. The student will provide research assistance for a book project documenting the history of the library-and the diverse communities it serves-in commemoration of its upcoming 150th anniversary. This assistance may include topical research support, organization of supporting images, or other coordination. Library resources that the student may utilize will include the Missouri Valley Room archives, online databases, and our staff's experience in connecting with public audiences through digital media and programming. Past projects coordinated by the library's Digital Branch include the websites and We anticipate that work will be done partially in-person and partially virtually. An ability to work both independently and collaboratively with the project team is crucial for success in this position.

KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity

The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity advocates for livability, fosters wellness, critically educates, and creates connections with and for queer and trans students, faculty, and staff alongside the broader KU community. As part of The Center's team, the fellow in this position will help research, shape, design, and execute part of our newly-redesigned Safe Zone series. Through the summer, this person will work alongside our team, as well as on their own, to conduct research and design one part in the ongoing learning series which centers queer and trans experiences for a wider campus audience. This will give the person in this position a chance to learn about work in an identity center, a chance to develop teaching and facilitation skills, and a chance to showcase their skills as researchers who can translate what they know to a wider public audience. If you have any questions as you prepare to apply for this position, please contact our team at

KU Center for Undergraduate Research

The Center for Undergraduate Research is looking for a graduate student with a commitment to diversity and equity to help us refine and expand our curriculum we offer to first year Emerging Scholars. This program ( provides paid research jobs for low-income students in their first year at KU while also supporting their overall transition to college. The students do research with their assigned KU faculty mentors, but they work with Center staff to learn college success and professional development skills.

This project would involve working autonomously yet collaboratively with Center staff to review existing course materials, research best practices in student support curricula, and update the curricular plan and course materials for the Emerging Scholars. This could also involve assessing student performance and outcomes in previous years. This opportunity would provide experience in curricular development, coursework scaffolding, student program administration, and applied diversity work for interested students.  This work could be done remotely, in person, or a hybrid of the two. 

Lawrence Arts Center

Digital History Fellow

Using information from the archive and interviews, the Digital History Fellow will work with the CEO and Development Team to research, catalogue and digitize historical materials in order to produce the 50 year history of the Arts Center as a digital narrative.  Archival materials include: photographs, newspaper & magazine articles, city proclamations, programs from shows and exhibitions. Interviews will include the founding director, sole surviving founding city commissioner, current and former board members, previous directors, staff, and community partners.

Lawrence Public Library 

The Lawrence Public Library seeks a motivated graduate student with an interest in public history and digital humanities to assist with the ongoing development of Digital Douglas County History, our online local history portal, through the coordination of a series of community digitization events. By creating opportunities for community members to share their stories and artifacts without having to give them up, and to shape the context in which those artifacts will be presented, these community digitization events will create a more complete and inclusive record of the histories of our community. The selected applicant will promote the digitization events to a broad cross-section of our community, participate in digitizing materials and collecting metadata, and facilitate the addition of the digitized materials to the Digital Douglas County History site. The library seeks an individual who is a self-starter with exceptional research and writing skills, a strong interest in Lawrence history, the ability to engage and build relationships with underrepresented communities, an attention to detail, tech savvy, and excellent time management skills. The summer fellow will have the option to extend the internship into the following academic year, contingent on performance. Position reports to the Library's Information Services Coordinator.

Outreach International 

Outreach International, located in Kansas City, Missouri, is a global nonprofit organization that supports local leaders and community-led groups in developing lasting solutions to poverty-related issues. We work in partnership with nine international program partners across Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. 

Outreach is seeking a graduate student with an interest in international community development. Working alongside Outreach's Field Operations team, the fellow will use their research and writing skills to document the exceptional work of our community partners in developing, implementing, and managing projects addressing their most pressing community challenges. Specifically, the fellow will work directly with the Director of Research and Advocacy to finalize a collaborative research project exploring community-led solutions to poor sanitation in the Philippines, Nicaragua, and India. The fellow will analyze recently collected field data (that includes both images and texts) and synthesize it in creative ways to illustrate the research participants' innovative solutions to poor sanitation and the impact of such innovation on their lives and their communities. The fellow will also summarize the research findings into an easily accessible format (i.e. interactive photos essays) for eventual dissemination among research participants and their communities. 

In addition to research and writing skills, the fellow must have an interest in interactive multimedia. Since the fellow will work closely with Outreach's international colleagues, Spanish, Tagalog, or Oriya language skills would be helpful, but is not a requirement. 


plug, formerly known as Plug Projects, is a curatorial collaboration of artists who share the mission of bringing fresh perspectives and conversation to the local cultural community through regular gallery programming, outreach, and community events. Our goal is to engage artists and the public at large by exhibiting challenging new work, initiating critical dialogue, and expanding connections of artists in Kansas City as part of a wider, national network of artists. Established in 2011, plug is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a newly renovated gallery located in Kansas City's Northeast neighborhood.

plug is seeking a graduate student with an interest in arts administration, non-profit fundraising, and/or donor relations. The selected fellow will work closely with the plug board members to determine fundraising goals, identify potential donors, and will assist the board in planning and implementing plug's annual fundraising campaign and anniversary fundraising event. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organizational skills, a background or interest in the visual arts, will be able to work virtually as well as meet with the board in person, and will participate in community facing events.

Watkins Museum of History


Part-time position, non-exempt, 10-20 hours/week, 10-15 weeks or until 300 hours

Reports to: Director of Engagement and Learning

The Hall Center Applied Humanities Summer Fellow will assist the Watkins Museum of History in projects to expand the museum's digital footprint, particularly storytelling projects such as webpages, social media, and videos. Some of these productions will focus on making the museum more accessible to a diverse public. Some of the position's tasks could be performed remotely.


  • Familiarize themselves with the Watkins diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) plan and brainstorm ideas for making museum exhibits and media more accessible to people of different backgrounds and conditions
  • Work with programming, collections, and education staff in creating online student art show, using software the museum has used for previous online exhibits or new software
  • Create at least one online exhibit featuring items from the Watkins collection, using software the museum has used for previous online exhibits or new software
  • Assist in creating Watkins's signature Museum Minute videos
  • Possibility of assisting with creation of Watkins social media posts

Other Skills/Qualifications

  • Interest in history, museums, and public engagement
  • Website design skills a plus
  • Video editing skills a plus
  • Ability to work remotely if needed

DEADLINE: Monday, March 7, 2022 at 11:59PM


Eligible applicants will:

1.  Be currently enrolled KU graduate students in any humanities, arts, or social science discipline who have successfully completed at least one semester of full-time coursework toward an MA or PhD degree;

2.  Demonstrate a high level of motivation, including the ability to work independently and establish and achieve goals; and

3.  Have the ability to do humanities research and to write cogently and with economy.


Applied Humanities Summer Fellows are required to:

1. Fulfill the terms of their agreement with the community partner.

2. Submit a brief report to the Hall Center detailing the work they completed and explaining how this experience will further their research and/or career aspirations in the humanities.  The report is due within 30 days of completion of the fellowship work.


All application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.

4. Upload a list of your top five fellowship opportunities as a PDF file.

4. Upload a one-page Cover Letter explaining your interest in the applied summer fellowships program and your ability to work in a non-academic environment. Please do not list specific fellowship organizations in your cover letter.

5. Upload a Curriculum Vitae as a PDF file.

No extraneous materials will be considered.


Community partners review applications and select candidates for interview, in consultation with the Hall Center Director.  


The criteria for selection is determined by each community partner and is dependent upon the particular work required during the internship period.


Applicants should direct questions about the Applied Humanities Summer Fellows Competition to Hall Center Assistant Director Andrew Hodgson (