Summer intensive courses in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

This summer, four-week intensive courses in French, German, Italian, and Spanish for reading knowledge will be offered, free of charge, to entering and continuing JHU graduate students. These courses aim to provide a basis for reading these languages in just four weeks. They are suitable for students with no prior experience of the language in question, as well as for those seeking a review/brush-up. Priority is given to graduate students in the Humanities and Humanistic Social Sciences, but other KSAS and WSE students may be accommodated as space permits.

All four courses are scheduled to run Monday, July 22 – Friday, August 16, meeting 5 days per week, for 3 hours per day, with the precise times to be arranged by the instructor. These courses entail no grades and no formal academic credit.

The contacts for each course are as follows:

To express interest in one of these courses, please contact the relevant instructor listed above. Each will keep a roster of students and will communicate with students in due course with information regarding location, course materials, and exact schedule.

AGHI Graduate Research Fellowship

Meet the current cohort of AGHI Fellows.

AGHI is now accepting applications from PhD 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 semester
  • Provide a full KSAS stipend, along with tuition costs equal to 20% of KSAS resident-student tuition, for the spring 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, 2020. Submit the following to, with the subject-heading “AGHI Graduate Research Fellowship Application,” by March 1, 2020.

  • 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

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.

Mellon Foundation Humanities Collaboratory Fellowship

The Mellon Foundation Humanities Collaboratory Fellowship provides doctoral graduate students at JHU the opportunity to join in a teaching and research collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) that initiates students into undergraduate humanities research while providing them the advanced skills necessary to transition to a four-year university.

Three fellows will be selected to lead workshops based on a faculty lecture series at CCBC. These same fellows will then work closely with a group of 10 students for 10 weeks in the summer of 2019, from May 26 to August 2, to develop individualized research projects that will be presented both locally and at the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

Additional information can be found on the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly & Creative Activity website.

Exchange Opportunity with the Universität Hamburg

Universität Hamburg is the largest institution for research and education in the north of Germany. As one of the country’s largest universities, we offer a diverse course spectrum and excellent research opportunities. The University boasts numerous interdisciplinary projects in a broad range of subjects and an extensive partner network with leading institutions on a regional, national and international scale.

Universität Hamburg offers approximately 170 degree programs in the following eight faculties: Faculty of Law; Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences; Faculty of Medicine; Faculty of Education; Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences; Faculty of Psychology and Human Movement; Faculty of Business Administration (Hamburg Business School).

Besides Climate, Earth, Environment, further successful key research areas include: Photon and Nanosciences, Manuscript Cultures, Neurosciences, Infection Research / Structural Systems Biology, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Mathematical Physics, and Health Economics.

Our campus is located in one of Germany’s most beautiful cities, and also it’s youngest: No German city has a younger population than Hamburg. There is always something going on, so you won’t be bored when class gets out… Hamburg is also known as the “city on the water,” which is exactly what it is. The Alster Lake, the Elbe River and the harbor contribute to the city’s distinctive maritime flair. Extensive parks and greenery close to the University provide numerous opportunities for relaxation. The Elbe beaches offer perfect party locations. Theater, opera, musicals, movies, festivals, museums, galleries: the culturally-inclined can discover all kinds of things in Hamburg, often enjoying student discounts. Hamburg is a safe city. Its districts reflect its multifaceted character. Sankt Pauli, home to the red-light district, Jungfernstieg and City Hall are famous landmarks in the center of the city. The Grindel district houses the University and boasts a multitude of cafés and the new Hafen City and the Elbe Philharmonic are also worth exploring.

If you are studying at a partner university of Universität Hamburg, we invite you to come to Hamburg as an exchange student and spend one or two semesters at our university!

For more information on the central exchange program, please visit the program website.

Career Development Opportunities


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

Humanities and social sciences PhD 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 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.