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 2018, from June 4 to Aug. 10, to develop individualized research projects that will be presented both locally and at the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

The structure of the collaboratory will include daily focused workshops four days a week in the morning. In the afternoon, we will demystify the process of humanities research by engaging with digital humanities, modeling research techniques, and adding transparency to the investigative process. Fellows will be able to develop their own projects during these afternoon sessions and share their processes for framing and developing their work in a high-tech environment, projecting anything from their actual searches to the process of composing a project. Each graduate student fellow will be responsible for leading one morning workshop and participating in two afternoon collaboratory sessions each week.

See the tentative 2018 Humanities Collaboratory schedule.

Application Information

Applicants must:

  • Be doctoral students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Be in residence for spring and summer 2018
  • Be willing to model their own research practices live in front of the undergraduate scholars
  • Complete Culturally Responsible Teaching (CRT) training in spring 2018

Fellowships may not be deferred.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Mellon Foundation Humanities Collaboratory Fellowship, complete and submit the online application by February 2, 2018.

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The following documents must be submitted as PDF files and named “last name, first name – description” (i.e. “Smith, John – Transcript”).

  1. Letter of application (addressed to the Mellon Foundation Humanities Collaboratory Fellowship Committee)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. 500-1000 word diversity statement addressing how you will inspire collaboration, build a welcoming environment, and support a diverse body of community college students
  4. Transcript (unofficial is accepted)
  5. Letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor
  6. Letter of endorsement from your department chair


Fellows will lead two two-hour workshops in the spring of 2018 followed by a 10-week commitment in the summer of 2018 of 20 hours per week for a total award of $8,000.

The fellows will need to meet with Hopkins humanities faculty leading a speaking series at CCBC; the principal investigator at JHU, Vice Dean Joel Schildbach; and the director of the Mellon Initiative and director of undergraduate research, Dr. Natalie Strobach.