The Humanities Research Center's Public Humanities initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, funds research and teaching opportunities for graduate students pursuing scholarly humanistic work outside the traditional tenure track. Our civic humanists program gives Ph. D. candidates the opportunity to bring their research to Houston high-school audiences, spreading humanistic modes of inquiry and raising consciousness about the possibilities of humanistic research in higher learning to local students. Our 6th-year alt-ac fellows program funds advanced candidates' research projects, usually within local Houston institutions, in order to foster professional networks and to establish bridges between dissertation work and future work in the public humanities. The HRC also participates in on-campus alt-ac workshops hosted by Rice graduate organizations.

Please contact John Mulligan with questions about the HRC's alt-ac programming.