2024 Humanities Futures Workshop

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2023 Humanities Futures participants and mentors. Credit Nina O'Leary.


Deadline Extended!
Applications are accepted until March 18, 2024

The Humanities Futures Workshop is an intensive professional development workshop open to undergraduate students to encourage them to consider graduate studies in the humanities. 

This workshop is funded through the Mellon Foundation and is part of a larger Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative that focuses on centering Indigenous epistemologies and other ways of knowing to shape how we think about relationships with the planet and each other. One goal of this multi-campus grant is to introduce Indigenous and other underrepresented undergraduates to the possibilities of graduate education in the humanities for advancing their own commitments and careers. The Humanities Futures Workshop is led by current University of Minnesota Twin Cities graduate students from across varying fields in the humanities. The workshop program will include: 

  • CV/Resume Workshop
  • Personal Statement Workshop
  • Graduate Student Panel Discussion
  • Finding the Right Program for You Workshop
  • Mock-Office Hours

These workshops are geared to help students feel more comfortable with the graduate application process and to create a space where students can think critically about how to find the best program for their research and ideas.


Workshop Dates & Location

  • March 28, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. and March 29, 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Workshop programming will be held at Northrop on the University of Minnesotan Twin Cities campus: 84 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.



  • This workshop is offered to undergraduate or recently graduated students at: all University of Minnesota system campuses, as well as tribal colleges, technical and community colleges, and all other post-secondary institutions across Minnesota.
  • Students currently enrolled at or recently graduated from tribal, technical, community, state colleges or any other universities and post-secondary institutions from Minnesota's neighboring states are welcome to apply so long as you are within a five-hour driving radius from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
  • Eligible applicants must be able to attend the entirety of the workshop in person (see dates/times noted above).


Accommodations & Meals

  • Out-of-town participants who complete the workshop application by the deadline (February 5, 2024) will have lodging provided for them. 
  • Out-of-town participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop. Students coming from the same institution are encouraged to car-pool. Students driving to the workshop will be reimbursed for their mileage after the workshop upon completion of a form. Bus tickets for out-of-town participants to and from the workshop will also be eligible for reimbursement. Uber/Lyft will not be eligible for reimbursement. 
  • Food will be provided throughout the workshop, including catered meals for Thursday night dinner, and Friday breakfast and lunch. 


Apply Now

Click the button below to apply to the 2024 Humanities Futures Workshop. Please note that this is a Google Form and you will not be able to save a draft. The form includes the following questions:

  1. Name, email
  2. Are you currently enrolled at or recently graduated from a university, tribal, technical, or state college in Minnesota?
  3. If yes to the above, which institution?
  4. What is your major / field of study / area of interest?
  5. How are your research interests informed by your community relations or experiences?
  6. Are you interested in learning more about community-engaged-research? Why or why not? Community-engaged-research is research that works collaboratively with the community who is most closely affected by said research. For example, community-engaged-research within the field of Indigenous Studies looks like engaging and working alongside Indigenous peoples who would be most affected by the work that you intend to produce. Community-engaged research often looks like working with your own community (however you define it), or a community who you have good relations with, to solve problems collaboratively for the benefit of all. (100 words max)
  7. Are you currently considering graduate school? Why or why not?
  8. Will you require lodging for the workshop?
  9. Do you have any dietary restrictions? Any allergies?
  10. Emergency contact (name, relationship, phone number)
  11. Do you have access to transportation to and from the workshop in Minneapolis?
  12. Are there any accommodations that we can plan for that will make the workshop more accessible for you?
  13. Anything else you would like us to know

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