UCHRI Humanists@Work Summer PhD Research Internship 2015

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for its Humanists@Work Summer 2015 PhD Research Internship Program.

Who Can Apply:  UC Humanities and humanistic Social Science PhD students. Graduate students who graduate in May/June 2015 are eligible to apply.

Level of Award: $5,500 stipend, plus travel to, and lodging at, UC Irvine for the summer internship period.

Funding Source: UCHRI

Deadline: May 1, 2015  (11:59 pm PST). Apply online via FastApps.

Funding Decision: It is expected that the award will be announced in mid to late May. Final award contingent upon available funding. Term of participation is approximately June 2015-September 10, 2016 (depending on home campus schedule). The PhD Intern will work approximately 30 hours/week for a period of eight weeks.

Program Overview

UCHRI is pleased to invite proposals from humanities and humanistic social science PhD students interested in participating in a new UC-wide initiative regarding careers alongside/outside the academy. First piloted last summer, the UCHRI PhD Research Internship Program is an opportunity for one UC graduate student to work in a systemwide research institute for the summer, engaging in program development, scholarly communications, and public-facing program development and event coordination.  As part of the Humanists@Work Initiative, and in partnership with the MLA-funded “Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers” Initiative, the research intern will spend eight weeks at UCHRI, working in collaboration with UCHRI staff, UC campus humanities centers, MLA staff, and community-based partners.

This is an opportunity for a graduate student interested in humanities administration to pursue hands-on professional development experience in program development and administration and help shape the UC-wide Humanists@Work Initiative.

For more information about the Humanists@Work initiative, please visit Humanists@Work.

Project Description

The Intern will work on a variety of UCHRI initiatives and projects including, but not limited to, the following:

Humanists@Work (Humwork)

  • Collaborate with UCHRI’s Assistant Director on workshop topics, speaker selection, graduate student fellowships, and event planning for the November 2015 Humanists@Work workshop
  • Work with UCHRI design team to develop and disseminate publication materials for the November workshop
  • Continue developing a UC PhD alumni database, including reaching out to alums via email and designing a forum for featuring this information on the website
  • Blog about Humwork topics, in addition to the internship experience, on humwork.uchri.org
  • Conduct research related to graduate student professionalization best practices
  • Develop and pursue a personal project related to Humanists@Work

Religions in Diaspora and Global Affairs

  • Help organize, coordinate, and participate in an international summer research institute for RIDAGA Studios. Travel to Paris, France in mid-July may be required.
  • Help plan and coordinate a public-facing global symposium

UCHRI Programs and Communications

  • Work in collaboration with UCHRI programs team to revise calls for funding, including developing application forms for the the Institute’s online platform
  • Communicate program events and news via UCHRI social media outlets
  • Contribute to writing and designing UCHRI’s online Annual Report


The intern will receive a $5,500 stipend for an eight-week work period (the intern will be expected to be in the office for approximately 30 hours/week). This stipend will be disbursed in two installments; the first will happen at the four-week mark, the second at the end of the internship. UCHRI will cover round trip travel to, and on-campus housing at, UC Irvine. UCHRI will also obtain UCI library privileges for the research intern.

How to Apply

Applications from prospective applicants are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI’s FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Letter from a UC faculty or staff member verifying your enrollment in a Humanities or humanistic Social Sciences PhD program at a UC.
  • Recommendation letter. This can be from anyone, including a non-UC employer.

For program-related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Officer at snakano@hri.uci.edu.

For technical assistance with FastApps, contact techsupport@hri.uci.edu. Please include the name of the program for which you need assistance.


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