AGHI Humanities Summer Internship Grant Opportunity

AGHI is pleased to announce support for Hopkins humanities students with a remote (online) unpaid internship during the summer of 2022; internships can be entirely remote until Covid-19 guidelines are updated. 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 a remote (or in-person, pending Covid-19 Guidelines) 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 with “Summer Grant Support” as the subject line, no later than May 16, 2022:

A letter describing anticipated summer activities, including details of time commitment, responsibilities, mentorship 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 a remote 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 a response to students by May 31st.

Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) Co-Sponsored by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and Singleton Library

April 2, 2021 Deadline

The Sheridan Libraries Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards, or DURAs, are available for students working on research projects that draw on 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, 20th-century African American photographyU.S. suffrage movement records, and a growing LGBTQ collection.

DURA supports research conducted in-person or remotely, from May 2021 to April 2022. (DURA fellowships involving pre-1800 rare book and manuscripts materials will be restricted to summer months, i.e. May-August 2021.) Students who wish to conduct research remotely must contact the DURA Program contact, Joseph Plaster (jplaster@jhu.edu), to ensure that the Libraries can digitize their chosen collections. Potential applicants are strongly urged to contact Plaster in advance to discuss proposals and develop applications collaboratively. Research outcomes may take the form of an essay, exhibition, digital project, film, or other deliverables.

The Sheridan Libraries will award a flat amount of $2500 to DURA recipients; awardees will receive half the funds at the beginning of their research and half at completion. The Undergraduate Research Awards are supported by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute and may also be supported by the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe. Want to learn more? Check out this News-Letter article about past DURA recipients.

Deadline: April 2, 2021. Students will be notified by April 12.


  • The fellowships are restricted to JHU freshman, sophomore, and juniors. Seniors are eligible to apply if their proposed fellowship will be completed before their graduation. 
  • Applicants must identify a faculty mentor or a curator/librarian, who can help applicants identify research materials, formulate project proposals, and conduct research. 
  • Awardees must complete their projects no later than April 18, 2022, and present their research at a public event (in-person or remotely) in late April 2022. 

Eligible Repositories:

Application Instructions:

Submit by email to Joseph Plaster, at jplaster@jhu.edu

  1. A two-to three-page, single-spaced proposal that addresses each of the following:
  • the specific topic to be explored and question(s) you want to investigate
  • a 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
  • qualifications for conducting the research (e.g., your undergraduate status, general academic interests, related classes, personal experience, work experience, related research)
  • your timeline for completion of the project scheduled, including how often you and your mentors will meet about the project
  • expected outcome(s) of the project (e.g. developing an honors thesis topic, proposed exhibition, or digital application, etc.)
  1. One letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor or librarian mentor. This person should send a recommendation indicating their support and commitment to mentoring the proposed project by e-mail, to Joseph Plaster, at jplaster@jhu.edu, by April 2.