Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop

Applications are currently closed.


In summer 2022, the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will host HWW’s annual summer workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about diverse careers for humanists. Through a series of workshops, talks, and site visits, participants will learn how to imagine possible futures and leverage their skills and humanities training towards careers in the private sector, the nonprofit world, arts administration, public media, and many other fields. Ann Arbor, Michigan will serve as the primary location for workshop activities. The location will provide students with the opportunity to experience the vibrant humanities ecosystem that exists in the region, including Detroit. 

We invite applications from doctoral students pursuing degree in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to participate in this three-week summer workshop. This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this fellowship by their home institutions, and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university. To be considered, interested doctoral students must be nominated by their University. The Institute for Advanced Study is managing applications from the University of Minnesota. Applications and letters of recommendation will be due to the IAS on Monday, November 1.


Complete application instructions can be found here.


Workshop Details

The workshop will be conducted in person at the University of Michigan. Participants are expected to be in residence in Ann Arbor for the duration of the workshop, to attend all workshop activities each day and be active participants in the program for its entirety. Students located in the Ann Arbor area will stay in their resident housing in the area. Students located outside the Ann Arbor area are required to stay in the housing arranged and provided through the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we are planning for an in-person workshop experience. We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation. If it becomes necessary for us to shift to a remote format for public health and safety based on CDC and U-M guidelines, we will communicate this update as soon as possible on our website and to all program applicants.



June 17–July 1, 2022. Students selected as fellows are expected to arrive Friday, June 17 and by 4:00 pm (EDT) and depart no sooner than Friday, July 1 after 4:00 pm (EDT).



All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. 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. Applicants cannot have a graduation date on or before July 1, 2022. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork.


Fellowship Award

Each Fellow from outside the Ann Arbor/Detroit Metro area will receive a $4,500 award, Ann Arbor resident Fellow will receive a $3,500 award. All Fellows are expected to attend all workshop sessions and be active participants in the program for its entirety. Lodging, ground transportation to and from Detroit Metro Airport, and some meals are provided through the workshop. The stipend difference is intended to support flight/mileage transportation costs to and from Detroit Metro/Ann Arbor. The stipend is provided as a participation award and to support meals not otherwise provided, parking if needed, and any other expenses not otherwise provided directly through the workshop.



To learn more about the program, watch this short video interview with past HWW participant Joseph Whitson.