Academics

PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies

The new doctoral degree program in interdisciplinary humanistic studies allows students to create a degree of their own design, pursuing research that cannot be easily carried out within just one doctoral program.

Funded with a grant from the Mellon Foundation, this selective doctoral program will admit two students each year who are currently in their first year of studies at Johns Hopkins. A total of eight students will be funded over four years.

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in their first year of doctoral studies in the humanities or humanistic social sciences at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

Admitted students officially enter the Interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies program in their second year of PhD work, exiting their original program and transitioning to dedicated program funding. Students are then guaranteed four further years of full stipend, tuition remission, and health care, to make up five guaranteed years of full support, conditional upon satisfactory progress. Students are provided work space, administrative support, and other programming and research support by the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute.