Humanities Engage

August 2021

Funding Opportunities

Pitch Your Own Immersive (2021-2022) (PDF)

Students can create an immersive fellowship with 501(c)(3) organizations in the social impact sector, public sector institutions, or industry. For fullest consideration, please send your materials by Monday, August 30th at 5 PM. 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.

Funding Awardees

Summer 2021 Immersive Fellowships

Eleven students have been awarded funding for summer immersive fellowships. Immersive fellowships provide Ph.D. students with the opportunity to gain experiences with host organizations in collaborative, mission-focused project work, drawing on their high-level skills as researchers and writers.

Learn about all the Pitch Your Own Summer Immersive Fellows and Curated Immersive Summer Fellows and check back to read their reflections on their experiences with their host organizations.

Faculty Mentor for Summer 2021 Immersive Fellowship Cohort

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Patrick McKelvey has been co-mentoring the cohort of summer immersive fellows with their host organization supervisors and Marques Redd, the Senior Director for Graduate Advising and Engagement for the Humanities. Check back in September to read his reflections on his experience.

Administrative Micro-Internships for Ph.D. Students

Six Ph.D. students will complete short-term, mentored projects hosted by campus administrative units that will provide them with crucial collaborative experiences and help them prepare for a variety of careers.

Learn more about our Administrative Micro-Internship awardees and check back to read their blog posts about their experiences higher education administration.

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

A resource that I hope you all will discover this month, if you have not already, is InterSECT Job Simulations, an online platform that allows PhD-level career exploration. The site provides true-to-life job simulation exercises that help individuals consider the following questions:

  • What are my professional interests and skills?
  • How do my interests and skills translate to potential careers?
  • What are my career options?
  • Which careers haven’t I considered?

InterSECT Job Simulations includes

If you would like to review your job simulations and career exploration, please email me at or schedule directly, and we can make an appointment

All the best,



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