Texas A&M Humanities Cluster
 

We are excited to announce the formation of the Texas A&M Humanities Cluster, a partnership between the university and the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) to encourage creative thinking and programming related to careers for PhDs in the humanities.  More about the initiative, and Texas A&M’s role, can be found here.

The Cluster offers two funding opportunities for students and faculty.  We will provide awards to support visits by Professionals-in-Residence, who can offer workshops and individual mentoring opportunities for current students.
The Cluster will also offer competitive Internship Support Grants, which will provide up to $5,000 to support students who accept unpaid or low-paid public service internships.

More about these awards, including RFPs, can be found below.

For the slideshow presented at the Texas A&M Humanities Cluster Informational on October 15th, 2021, click here.
For more information about this initiative, please contact humanities@tamu.edu.

Steering Committee:

  • Dr. Karen Butler-Purry, Graduate and Professional School (co-director)
  • Dr. Adam Seipp, Graduate and Professional School (co-director)
  • Dr. Maria Escobar-Lemmon (College of Liberal Arts)
  • Dr. Emily Johansen (Department of English)
  • Dr. Martin Peterson (Department of Philosophy)
  • Dr. Roger Reese (Department of History)
  • Ashley Vance (Department of History – Graduate Student Fellow)
  • Dr. Shannon Walton (Graduate and Professional School)
  • Marilyn Yeager (Career Center)

 


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

TEXAS A&M HUMANITIES CLUSTER INTERNSHIP SUPPORT GRANTS
AY 2021-22
 
The Humanities Cluster at Texas A&M University solicits applications from students enrolled in doctoral programs with a humanities focus who wish to engage in internships as part of their academic training.  Recognizing that unpaid or low-paid internships may present a considerable financial hardship for students, these grants offer up to $5,000 to support students who participate in public-service oriented internships. The Cluster can fund as many as six internships during the current cycle.
 
Internships provide an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to broaden their career prospects, learn about the range of career opportunities available to those with advanced degrees in humanities disciplines, and develop valuable skills.  Data gathered during an earlier survey suggest that almost 20% of Texas A&M humanities PhD program graduates complete an internship during their time in the program.  The Humanities Cluster hopes to support and expand these opportunities.
 
Eligible organizations include, but are not limited to, NGOs, non-profits, museums, government agencies at any level, research centers, or think tanks.  Qualified internships may not be partisan or commercial in nature, nor can they be with organizations engaged in political advocacy.  Internships at Texas A&M, including branch campus, cannot be funded. While we recognize that internships may be connected to a student’s research interests, these grants will not be awarded to projects that solely support the student’s doctoral research.  Internships may be domestic or international, but the Humanities Cluster is not responsible for arranging visas, permission to work in countries outside of the United States, or any tax matters stemming from international work.
 
The Humanities Cluster does not help students find internships.  Students will need to make arrangements for an internship on their own and provide supporting documentation at the time that they apply for an Internship Support Grant.  The Cluster will organize a Humanities Internship Fair and an internship informational with the Career Center in Spring 2022
 
Preference will be given to summer internships.  Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, with a preferred application deadline of March 11, 2022.  Internships in the current cycle should plan to conclude by September 1, 2022.  Applications should be sent as a single file to humanities@tamu.edu.
 
Applications should include the following:

  1. A statement (3 pages maximum) outlining the proposed internship, its relevance to the applicant’s career plans, and the specific benefits that the internship will provide for the applicant’s education.  Applicants should specifically address the financial costs of accepting the internship and how funds from this grant would be used.
  2. A letter from the internship host/sponsor, specifically indicating the nature of the work to be performed during the internship period, the duration of the internship, work location, work hours, and any compensation.
  3. A brief letter from the applicant’s primary academic advisor/mentor indicating their support for the applicant’s decision to pursue an internship opportunity.
  4. A copy of the applicant’s CV.

The Humanities Cluster at Texas A&M University brings together university resources to re-think how the humanities respond to the changing career trajectories of humanities PhDs.  The Cluster draws on expertise and enthusiasm from the Departments of English, History, and Philosophy, as well as the Graduate and Professional School, Texas A&M Career Center, and the College of Liberal Arts.
For a printable version of this RFP click here.

TEXAS A&M HUMANITIES CLUSTER PROFESSIONAL-IN-RESIDENCE GRANTS
AY 2021-22
 
The Humanities Cluster at Texas A&M University solicits applications from students and faculty in humanities-related disciplines at the university to host professional-in-residence events: opportunities that bring practitioners to Texas A&M for multi-day visits that include public presentations, small group discussions, and meetings with students.  Professionals-in-residence will be selected through a competitive process, with an emphasis on student-generated ideas.  We will give students a primary role in organizing these events to maximize networking opportunities. Priority will be given to visits by alumni of Texas A&M humanities departments.
 
Awards will typically not exceed $1,500, and cost-sharing with departments, faculty members, or other university partners is encouraged.  Allowable expenses might include travel, accommodations, and incidentals.  Payment of honoraria is discouraged.  While the Covid-19 pandemic makes planning travel difficult, we encourage proposals that explicitly plan for face-to-face visits.  This year, we can make approximately seven of these awards.
 
Proposals will be evaluated based on the coherence of the projected activities, the likely relevance of the visit to students in one or (preferably) more humanities department, and the feasibility of the proposed activities.  Proposals originating outside of the core humanities departments (English, History, and Philosophy) are encouraged and should make an affirmative case for the connection between the proposal and the broad study of humanities.
 
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, beginning on November 1, 2021.  Activities in the current cycle should plan to conclude by August 1, 2022.  Applications should be sent as a single file to humanities@tamu.edu.
 
Applications should include the following:

  1. A brief statement outlining the nature of the proposed activity and the faculty or students who will sponsor the visit, including specific activities that the professional-in-residence will be asked to engage in.  Provide a narrative description of the proposed professional-in-residence, with particular attention to how their humanities PhD informs their career.
  2. A budget. Any payment of honoraria must be explicitly justified.

The Humanities Cluster at Texas A&M University brings together university resources to re-think how the humanities respond to the changing career trajectories of humanities PhDs.  The Cluster draws on expertise and enthusiasm from the Departments of English, History, and Philosophy, as well as the Graduate and Professional School, Texas A&M Career Center, and the College of Liberal Arts.
For a printable version of this RFP click here.
 

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