Public Humanities Initiative (Medical Humanities/Cultural Heritage) | Alt-Ac 6th Year Funding

The HRC’s  Public Humanities Initiative invites graduate students in the School of Humanities to apply for competitive 6th Year Funding. Awardees will be expected to complete their dissertations and work or volunteer 5-10 hours per week with a partner connected to such local medical and/or cultural institutions as the Texas Medical Center and Houston’s Museum District. The HRC and Office of the Dean of Humanities will coordinate arrangements with respective department chairs and graduate directors. Faculty, board members, and other colleagues affiliated with the HRC will be available to assist with identifying appropriate opportunities and mentors. Selected Public Humanities Graduate Fellows will receive a $21,000 stipend and waiver of tuition fees, distributed evenly over the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.


Eligibility: All graduate students in the School of Humanities who will be in their 6th year of study in 2018-2019, expect to receive the PhD in May 2019, and be in residence in Houston during the fellowship period are eligible to apply. Students must demonstrate the potential both to communicate the importance of humanistic research to a broad community and to incorporate aspects of the public sphere into their understanding of the humanities.

Application Materials:

  • Letter of interest indicating research experience and anticipated career trajectory in Public Humanities

  • Dissertation abstract of no more than 250 words that shows the topic’s relevance to a non-academic community

  • CV

  • ​Names of potential institutions with which the fellow would collaborate

[Please compile these items into a single .pdf document and upload below]


Contact: John Mulligan (


Friday, March 23, 2018