Humanities Engage

October 2021

Fall 2021 Events

Humanists with Ph.D.s pursue a very wide spectrum of impactful careers across all sectors – the academy, government, industry, and non-profit. This term, recent recipients of Humanities Engage external immersive fellowships and on-campus micro-internships share their experiences collaborating with a wide variety of organizations.

Humanists of Impact: Higher Education Administration

Monday, October 18, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm

Humanities Ph.D.s pursue a wide range careers in Higher Education that support the research, educational, and service mission of colleges and universities. Humanities Ph.D. students will share how their experiences working with the Center for Teaching and Learning; the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research supported their professional development.

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Humanities Engage Programming Archive

Did you miss one of our events? If so, we have highlights saved in our Humanities Engage Programming Archive.

Funding Opportunities

Pitch Your Own Immersive Fellowship (PDF)

Students can create an immersive fellowship with 501(c)(3) organizations in the social impact sector, public sector institutions, or industry. Applications will be reviewed, and grants awarded, on a rolling basis and as long as resources last.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marques Redd, Senior Director for Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities ( to discuss the viability of their prospective project. Additionally, applicants considering projects with organizations in the Pittsburgh region are requested to contact Dr. Redd first, so that he can help orient you to pre-existing contacts and liaise appropriately. Learn about the projects doctoral students did last year.

Faculty Summer Stipends for Curricular Innovation (Summer 2022)

Summer stipends are available for DSAS Humanities graduate faculty who will commit two months in summer 2022 to designing a new graduate course with significant public and/or digital humanities scholarship components. Applications are due February 15, 2022.

For previous awardees' reflections on the curricular design experience and their syllabi, please see the Faculty Summer Stipends for Curricular Innovation page.

Samuel Boateng

Student Spotlight: Samuel Boateng

Learn how Samuel Boateng, an inaugural Humanities Engage Immersive Dissertation Research Fellow, Ghanaian pianist, composer, and scholar, uses community-facing research into the stories of African Jazz musicians to expand canonical jazz history and create a documentary film.

Opportunities Beyond Humanities Engage

Humanities Without Walls

Talk to your Director of Graduate Studies about how to apply for the internal competition for the Humanities Without Walls summer workshop, which utilizes a cohort-based approach to assist humanities Ph.D. students with the development of their careers. Applications are due November 1, 2021.

Pitt’s most recent HWW Fellow, Courtney Colligan, offers this reflection: “Humanities Without Walls engages with a vast array of professions beyond the academy and provides the space for students to reflect on their individual values. In this fellowship, doctoral students learn how their values inform potential careers and begin making a path towards these futures.”

World History Center Spring 2022 Graduate Student Assistantship (GSA) in Public History

Open to graduate students in any discipline or program in the Dietrich School whose proposal substantially concerns world history. Applications are due October 15, 2021.

Additional Events of Interest


Advising, Mentoring, & Coaching

Make a one-on-one appointment today with Dr. Marques Redd, Senior Director of Graduate Advising and Engagement, to discuss:

  • Succeeding in doctoral study (productivity, time management, etc.)
  • Setting professional development goals and marshaling resources
  • Honing strategic competencies
  • Establishing and maintaining strong mentoring networks
  • Preparing for interviews and job searches in all sectors

Email or schedule directly.

Director's Tip of the Month

One resource that I would like to bring to your attention again is AURORA, an eLearning Career Exploration Platform from Beyond the Professoriate.  You can find it by searching "AURORA" using the search bar. This resource contains webinars to help you launch your job search; on-demand videos with 170+ interviews with PhDs who have successful careers in industry, non-profits, government, and higher education; professional development for PhDs; and job search support, including resume writing, interview techniques, and networking strategies.

Under the “Professional Careers” tab, there is a link called “Know Your Options.”  I would strongly recommend that you go through the five lessons there, which will help you lay the groundwork for the various pathways your career might take and learn how to leverage the knowledge, skills, and abilities you are gaining from your doctoral training.  There is a workbook you can download from the site and mini-exercises to complete.  If you would like to review any of the material there with someone, please email me at, and we can make an appointment.

All the best,


University of Pittsburgh