Summer 2021: Free summer intensive reading-knowledge courses in European languages

NOTE: Although these courses are intended to be offered every year, the current public health situation continues to render the outlook for this summer uncertain. Nevertheless, since we successfully ran the courses last year in an online form, we are planning to do the same this summer rather than plan on face-to-face instruction which may still not be permitted. Depending on the future situation, some in-person activities may be possible, but it remains too early to plan for those possibilities.

Each summer, the School of Arts and Sciences offers intensive courses in European languages to incoming and continuing graduate students. These courses are tailored to developing the reading knowledge that doctoral students require.  The courses are suitable for students with no prior experience with the language and those seeking a brush-up. Priority is given to graduate students in the Humanities and humanistic Social Sciences, but others may be accommodated as space permits.  Funding is provided by an endowment from the Mellon Foundation. These courses give neither grades nor formal academic credit. 

Most years four languages are offered.  Due to high demand, French and German are offered every year, while Italian, Latin, Greek, and Spanish can be offered in alternate years (or as demand requires). This year, in an online format, the courses are scheduled for five weeks, three hours per day. This schedule may be adjusted as the instructor and students see fit. 

The courses are scheduled as late in the summer as possible, ending before graduate orientation in late August. This scheduling aims to provide ongoing students as much concentrated time as possible in the early and middle parts of the summer to pursue their own research, as well as to accommodate incoming first-year graduate students who would like to participate. This year, we are aiming at roughly 18 July to 20 August. The specific dates and specific language offerings for each summer will be announced through broadcast e-mails sent out to graduate students later in the spring.

Any student interested in participating in these courses is requested to send an email (preferably before 9 April) to Lawrence Principe, Director of the Singleton Center ( The email should include, besides your name and department, the language in which you would be interested to enroll. Further information about languages offered, instructors, textbooks, and schedules will be sent to you as it becomes available.

It would be very helpful for graduate students to help the Singleton Center spread the word about these offerings to ensure maximum participation in this important program. 

New Humanities PhD Internship Program

The Humanities PhD Internship Program is a new summer funding opportunity for PhD students in the humanities and social sciences to pursue non-academic internships that would otherwise not be paid positions. Said program provides selected students with funding external from their department to conduct work in the non-academic realm. Below you will find all the requirements to apply for funding for your secured internship. We are extending the deadline until Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021.

Any and all PhD students in the humanities who are interested in trying out a career path external to academia should reach out to Lauren Mushro at and Rhiannon Mayhugh at for more information and resources and to schedule a conversation. Follow-up meetings will occur once all materials are turned in. We are also available to meet at any point before application submission to review any of your materials and provide feedback. We also have resources we can provide for preparing a resume and cover letter.

To Apply:

  • Project Statement (1 page single-spaced)
    • This statement should include a brief description of yourself and your studies, your research skills, and a description of the internship you will be participating in • Please additionally discuss how this experience will benefit your long-term career goals
    • Note: This statement should be an exercise in how to market the skills you have learned at Hopkins to a potential job. The internship may or may not necessarily be directly related to your dissertation but should be related to your career goals. Please convince us of the value of this opportunity to reaching these goals and how your experiences have prepared you for this next step
  • Intent to Apply Form
    • This includes a sign off from your advisor and a confirmation of your internship opportunity
  • Traditional 2-3 page Resume (Not in CV format)
    • This should be the same resume you used to apply to the internship and should highlight skills that you can transfer from your graduate studies to non-academic careers
  • Cover letter utilized to apply to the internship
    • This should be the same cover letter you used to apply to the internship. This is typically a one-page statement of interest for the opportunity for which you are applying

The requirements can also be found in this shared folder, along with the intent to apply form and info session recording. Please feel free to reach out to Rhiannon or Lauren with any questions or revision help.

A few resources that might be useful when preparing your materials:

Roshni Rao, the director of the PHutures program, holds weekly sessions to discuss resume building and job searches. Be sure to check out the PHutures website for upcoming weekly events.

AGHI Graduate Research Fellowship

Meet the current cohort of AGHI Fellows.

AGHI is now accepting applications from Ph.D. students in the 10 humanities departments in KSAS, as well as the Anthropology, Political Theory, and History of Medicine programs, to become AGHI Graduate Research Fellows.

These one-semester fellowships:

  • Are tenable in the spring 2022 semester
  • Provide a full KSAS stipend, along with tuition costs equal to 20% of KSAS resident-student tuition, for the spring 2022 semester
  • Are intended to replace any departmental teaching requirements
  • Will come with access to AGHI space for work and meetings

AGHI fellows will be in the final stages of their dissertations with a high likelihood of completing their dissertations by the end of the academic year of the fellowship. Fellows will be free to devote their time to writing with few distractions and will only be expected to attend AGHI-sponsored events and meet as a group twice monthly with a faculty mentor to workshop their dissertations.


We will begin accepting applications beginning January 1, 2021. Submit the following to, with the subject-heading “AGHI Graduate Research Fellowship Application,” by March 13, 2021. Decisions will be made around early April 2021.

  • Concise (max. 500 words) abstract of the dissertation, including its methods and approaches and its greater significance for the humanities
  • Statement of work already accomplished and plan for work still to be done
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from your adviser. Please have your adviser send the letter to

Fellowship Possibilities at the Library of Congress for Humanities Graduates and Faculty

The John W. Kluge Center brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers and the public.

View information about the John W. Kluge Center on the Library of Congress website.

Career Development Opportunities


ImaginePhD is a free online career exploration and planning tool for Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

Humanities and social sciences Ph.D. students and their mentors have long recognized the need for more resources to help bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities. ImaginePhD is designed to meet this need by allowing users to:

  • Assess their career-related skills, interests, and values
  • Explore careers paths appropriate to their disciplines
  • Create self-defined goals
  • Map out the next steps for career and professional development success

ImaginePhD is an excellent career planning tool for the humanities and social sciences. For more information, please visit the Imagine PhD website.