Humanities Engage

September 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: Arts & Culture

Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm

Working with organizations such as a visual arts collective, a ballet company, and a public art studio, Humanities Ph.D. students will discuss how they leveraged the deep knowledge, intellectual creativity, and research and communication skills they gained in their doctoral training in the Arts & Culture sector.

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Humanists of Impact: Advocacy

Monday, September 20, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm

Advocacy includes work that engages and supports decision makers on behalf of individuals, groups, and/or communities. Humanities Ph.D. students will discuss how they used their advanced research and communication skills in collaboration with an office in city government, a trade union, and a non-profit dedicated to the Latinx community of Pittsburgh.

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Humanists of Impact: K-12 Education

Monday, October 4, 2021 - 12:00-12:50pm

Working with a civic engagement program for young girls and femmes, a non-profit supporting refugee youth, and a micro-school, Humanities Ph.D.s students will speak about their work in the broad K-12 Education sector.  

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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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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.

Alyssa Quintanilla

Student Spotlight: Alyssa Quintanilla

Learn how scholar, digital artist, activist, and recent Ph.D., Alyssa Quintanilla (English) used her experience in the field as an inaugural Humanities Engage Immersive Dissertation Research Fellow to create a digital memorial as part of her dissertation, find her own voice in her writing, and successfully launch her career in this spotlight.

Additional Events of Interest


Humanities Engage Programming Archive

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

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

If you haven’t yet, I hope you check out PhD Futures Now!, a podcast on collaboration, career diversity, and graduate education in the Humanities. Topics discussed to date have included public humanities, racial and social equity in the humanities, and graduate education reform.

The PhD Futures Now! podcast is a project of Humanities Without Walls, a sixteen university consortium headquartered at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

All the best,


University of Pittsburgh