Doctoral Candidates and PhDs in Languages and Literatures: Are You Curious about Career Options outside Academia?

The application period for the 2016–2017 proseminar has closed.

Proseminar fellows will

  • Learn about career horizons for PhDs and the versatility of advanced study in the humanities
  • Develop skills and gain experiences that will be valuable in pursuing any career
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at nonprofits and cultural institutions that employ PhDs
  • Contribute to the national conversation about careers for humanities PhDs

Fellows will each receive a $2,000 stipend to support participation. You must be able to attend six meetings in New York City during the 2016–17 academic year.

Applications were due by 1 June 2016.

Learn more about the proseminar and download the informational flyer.




  • Carmen Carney says:

    Thanks very much for this career oriented program. I am curious about the presenters, and the qualifications and experience they bring to the task. Head hunters, professional placement personnel, company directors, private sector and government representatives, psychologists (too many of our candidates must come down to earth from our Ivory Tower)?

    • Thanks for your interest, Carmen. Our presenters are largely language and literature PhDs (and some from other humanities disciplines) who have transitioned very successfully into a wide variety of careers in cultural organizations, educational institutions, government, businesses, and nonprofits. For a more complete list, please see this post.

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