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.

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 last year’s Humanities Collaboratory schedule.

Application Information

Applications are due February 15.

Applicants must:

  • Be doctoral students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Be in residence for spring and summer 2019
  • Be willing to model their own research practices live in front of the undergraduate scholars
  • Complete Culturally Responsible Teaching (CRT) training in spring 2019

Fellowships may not be deferred.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Mellon Foundation Humanities Collaboratory Fellowship, complete and submit the online application. Application opening soon.

You’ll need the following documents for the application:

  1. Letter of application (addressed to the Mellon Foundation Humanities Collaboratory Fellowship Committee)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Transcript (unofficial is accepted)
  4. Contact info for a faculty mentor who can provide a letter of recommendation
  5. Contact info for your department or program chair who can confirm your eligibility


Fellows will lead two two-hour workshops in the spring of 2019 followed by a 10-week commitment in the summer of 2019 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 Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Natalie Strobach.