AGHI Humanities Summer Internship Grant Opportunity

AGHI is pleased to announce support for Hopkins humanities students with an unpaid internship during the summer of 2020. Stipends will be awarded based on merit and need. The goal of these awards is to reduce financial pressure on students, allowing them to explore professional opportunities by choosing the best possible summer experience.

Eligibility: The grantee must be a declared humanities major or, if a freshman, a student who has demonstrated clear intent to pursue a humanities major through coursework, meetings with program faculty, extra-curricular activities, etc. Only current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible.

Awards will only be given to students who can demonstrate that they will be engaged in an unpaid summer experience of significant merit and time commitment.

To Apply: Send the following as a single PDF attachment by email to aghi@jhu.edu no later than May 1, 2020:

A letter describing anticipated summer activities, including details of time commitment, responsibilities, mentor-ship or supervision, or other evidence of seriousness of purpose, along with an explanation of the significance of the opportunity for academic and professional development and an explanation of why funds are necessary to take on this opportunity which includes a description of your anticipated costs.

Directed supporting materials are encouraged, including (as appropriate) a copy of the internship description, student’s internship application cover letter, confirmation of the offer of the internship, and communications from summer supervisors or mentors.

The letter of application must confirm that this is an unpaid experience. Students may be asked to demonstrate this and/or their commitment to the opportunity, depending on the circumstances.

Application Review: AGHI will review the applications promptly and expects to have replies to students by May 10.

Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards, Co-Sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) are available for students working on relevant humanities and social sciences research projects that specifically utilize primary source materials in the rare book, manuscript, and archival collections of the Sheridan Libraries at JHU. These collections span 5,000 years of rare and unique objects and texts, from ancient cuneiform tablets and Egyptian papyri fragments to illuminated medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunabula, and earliest illustrated books, to masterpieces of 18th-century fine printing and the graphic arts. The collections also comprise contemporary material, including African American photography in Baltimore; U.S. suffrage movement records; oral histories with faculty and staff at Johns Hopkins; and a growing 20th century LGBTQ collection. Also of relevance to Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA candidates are the University Archives, which preserve the history of Hopkins and the papers of many of the most influential faculty members ever to conduct research and teaching at JHU.

These collections are held collectively in the Milton S. Eisenhower Library Department of Special Collections, the George Peabody Library in downtown Baltimore, and the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen Museum & Library in North Baltimore. Students may consult these collections in the Reading Room of the Brody Learning Commons on the Homewood Campus during regular operating hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday). Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA Fellowships may also include research using the rich rare book collections of the Institute for the History of Medicine in East Baltimore, whose primary source holdings are integrated into the Sheridan Libraries’ online catalog, Catalyst.

The Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA awards support research conducted over the summer months only (May to August 2019) and are meant to be used as cost-of-living stipends for awardees for the duration of their research. In recent years, awards have consisted of $1,250 for a four-week research period, up to a maximum of $3,750 for a 12-week period of funding, although levels may vary based on the application. Any additional research expenses during the research period must be drawn from the total amount of the student award, though some costs such as digitization may be possible without charge. Students typically live in Baltimore for the summer months of this research, and use the Libraries’ collections for intensive research; a minimum of 25 hours per week of work with the designated research materials is required.

Applicants must identify a faculty and/or curatorial mentor to direct a Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA project, who can help applicants identify materials for research and formulate a realistic project proposal well in advance of the application deadline. We are especially interested in projects that address themes of diversity and inclusion; creative interpretations of collections through public humanities projects are also welcome. Research outcomes might take the form of a traditional research essay, a digital exhibition, a video, or something else entirely. At the satisfactory completion of an awarded Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA Award, a formal certification will be placed in the successful applicant’s permanent academic record.

Application Instructions

The fellowships are restricted to freshman, sophomore, and junior applicants; seniors graduating in 2020 are not eligible. Applicants should NOT use the standard Krieger School DURA application form. Questions and applications may be directed to the Sheridan Libraries/AGHI DURA Program contact, Joseph Plaster, Curator in Public Humanities, jplaster@jhu.edu. Applications must include:

A two- to three-page, single-spaced proposal that addresses each of the following: (1) the specific topic to be explored and question(s) you want to investigate; (2) specific rare book, manuscript, oral history and/or archival materials in the Sheridan Libraries’ collections and (if relevant) at other archives that you propose to examine; (3) qualifications for conducting the research (e.g., your undergraduate status, general academic interests, related classes, personal experience, work experience, related research); (4) your timeline for completion of the project scheduled in weekly intervals, including how often you and your mentor will meet about the project; (5) expected outcome of the project (e.g., honors thesis, essay, exhibition, digital project); (6) an itemized award budget.

One letter of recommendation from your proposed faculty or curatorial DURA mentor. This letter of recommendation may simply be sent via e-mail from your advisor directly to Joseph Plaster, the Sheridan Libraries/AGHI contact: jplaster@jhu.edu. This letter should include specific information about how long and in what capacity the faculty or curatorial mentor has known the student, the student’s academic strengths, qualifications, ability to conduct independent research, and the general quality of the research proposal.

The application deadline is March 8, 2020, by 11:59 p.m., all materials sent via e-mail to jplaster@jhu.edu. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed after that date. The approximate date of notification will be sent to all applicants will be March 22, 2022.

Language diversity, Education, and Social Participation

It is with great pleasure that Universität Hamburg announces the 2020 courses of the Hamburg International Summer School:

  • Particles, Strings & Cosmology: 6 July – 31 July 2020 (up to 10 credits)
  • Language Diversity, Education and Social Participation: 6 July – 31 July 2020 (up to 10 credits)
  • Health Economics: 6 July – 24 July 2020 (up to 8 credits)

The Hamburg International Summer School provides three different courses every year; each of them consisting of a specialized research program and a supplementary program (including a language course, cultural events and day trips to Berlin and the Hanseatic city of Lübeck).

As a valued partner, we would like to offer 1 stipend to Johns Hopkins University students. The scholarship waives tuition fees of up to € 2,800 (including housing). We hope that this offer is of interest to your students.

It would be great if you could nominate 1 student eligible for the stipend by sending his or her name and email address via email at international-summerschool@uni-hamburg.de until 15 February 2020.

Aside from the stipend, further interested applicants from Johns Hopkins University will get a discount of 20% on tuition fees.