The Humanities Collaboratory

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Applications are now open.

The JHU Humanities Collaboratory provides opportunities for emerging humanities students from Community Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country to participate in an intensive and innovative summer research experience through the Humanities For All Program and the Leadership Alliance First Year Research Experience (FYRE). Projects will be in the Subject Areas of:

  • History
  • History of Art
  • History of Science or Medicine
  • English
  • Foreign language and literatures (French, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc)
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Classics
  • Religious Studies
  • Humanities tracks within interdisciplinary programs (e.g., East Asian Studies, American Studies, Gender Studies, or General Studies, etc)

The Humanities Collaboratory was a pioneering pedagogical design created in 2017 with funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Leadership Alliance, and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. It innovates a highly scalable, student-centered approach to guiding independent student research through peer modeling, moving beyond the one-to-one student/mentor model to develop students as subject experts.

With this model, the collaboratory can bring together students from different branches of humanities scholarship to work together constructively while pursuing individual research projects.

The Collaboratory requires an in-person residential commitment. In addition to the stipend of $5750, we also will cover housing at Johns Hopkins and will be from May 29 – August 5 2023.

See a past Humanities Collaboratory schedule. This is only a sample. The core texts are determined by your individual project.

Stories from the Collaboratory

Many of the Humanities Collaboratory participants were in the midst of mapping out their futures, and for them, the summer was a turning point. Read their stories to learn more about their unique research projects, what they learned during the 10 weeks, and what they plan to do next.

Videos from the Collaboratory

An Inside Look at the Humanities Collaboratory

Listen as students share the experiences, skills, and knowledge they’ve gained from the Humanities Collaboratory.

Humanities Collaboratory Student Presentations

At the end of the summer, students present the results of their 10-week research project to the community.