Work opportunity for a Humanities PhD!

HRC Graduate Associate


Position Summary

The Humanities Research Center (HRC) is an internationally recognized hub that fosters innovative humanities and arts research at Rice University and builds collaborations with local, national, and global partners.

We invite applications for the HRC Graduate Associate position, open to PhD students in the School of Humanities. The HRC Graduate Associate will gain experience in administration, project and grant management, program coordination and evaluation, and communications. They work under the supervision of the HRC's Associate Director.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be conducted in person or via Zoom depending on the applicant’s availability. The expected starting date will be in Fall 2024.

Minimum skills required:

  • Dependability and flexibility
  • Ability to follow through and complete assigned tasks
  • Good organizational skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good customer service skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel) and Google Workspace (e.g., Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets)
  • Graphic design and photography skills are a plus but not necessary

Career development:

This position will prepare the graduate associate for careers in any of the following:

  • Administration
  • Program and project management
  • Communications and outreach

The hands-on experience gained through this position can be applied in settings as varied as universities, cultural institutions, government (e.g., NEH program officer/administrator), nonprofits, and industry.

Essential functions:

  • Assists in the development, implementation, administration, and evaluation of the center’s operations and programs
  • Assists in the administration and management of grant and fellowship programs, including, but not limited to, the following: screening submitted proposals; coordinating the review and evaluation process of proposals; and developing policies, procedures, and resources for applicants and reviewers
  • Develops, establishes, and coordinates an HRC graduate student council
  • Proactively coordinates and implements logistical aspects of center events, conferences, workshops, guest speakers, and internal meetings, with the HRC center assistant
  • Liaises with internal and external parties
  • Develops marketing and communications materials (print, web, social media, etc.)
  • Other reasonable duties as assigned

Additional benefits/opportunities:

  • Interdisciplinary research and career mentorship
  • Workspace at the HRC
  • Working with a diverse team of students, postdoctoral fellows, and scholars
  • Developing a wide range of transferrable skills applicable to various work settings

Work schedule:

  • Flexible based on the student’s schedule each semester
  • Part-time: up to 20 hours per week



Application materials:

  • Abbreviated CV (up to 3 pages) or resume
  • Cover letter (up to 2 pages), including a list of all work and service assignments in AY 24-25 and contact information of the PhD student’s advisor

Deadline: Rolling

To apply, please submit your documents as a single PDF file via this Box folder: The file name should have the following format: LAST NAME, HRC Graduate Associate.


* Please note that students cannot work over 20 hours a week while on stipend. From the General Announcements (GA): "Students receiving a stipend may accept employment only with the approval of their graduate program and the dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies. Students working for more than 20 hours per week are not normally eligible for stipend support."