Humanities Without Walls Nomination

DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 11:59pm


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 by the University of Minnesota from July 17 to 28, 2023, 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. Accepted students will receive a $4,000 stipend to attend the workshop. Students must be in residence in Minneapolis for the duration of the workshop and are expected to attend all workshop activities.

The Hall Center invites applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for the two-week summer workshop. This is a limited submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by the Hall Center, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. To be considered, interested doctoral students must submit their applications to the Hall Center by November 1, 2022. Do not submit your applications directly to HWW.

HALL CENTER DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 11:59 pm

NOMINATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 11:59 pm


Students must be nominated by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be submitted from each university. If selected for nomination the Hall Center will submit your nomination by December 6, 2022. Announcement of awards will be made by February 1, 2023.


Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline. 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. HWW especially encourages students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education to apply.


Interested applicants should submit the following materials to by Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

  1. 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.

    • What are your career interests or your intended career trajectory? How have your background and experiences impacted your choices?
    • How will this workshop help you achieve your goals? What knowledge and skills are you hoping to learn?
    • What will you bring to the workshop community? What relevant experiences (personal and professional) will help you to contribute to the workshop cohort?
    • 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?
    • How do you plan to incorporate a social justice lens into your daily work in your future career?
    • What opportunities (if any) have you had at your campus (or beyond) to explore diverse career opportunities?
  2. A resume or CV (two pages maximum) that includes relevant professional experiences (including e.g., volunteering, part-time employment, etc.).

Please submit all application materials as a single PDF file with “HWW” and your name in the file name. Do not submit your applications directly to HWW.


Applicants should direct questions about the Humanities Without Walls Nomination to Hall Center Director Assistant Director Andrew Hodgson (