UCHRI Graduate Advisory Committee, 2017-18

Description: As part of the MLA-funded Connected Academics initiative, we are seeking 3-5 humanities PhD students to serve as the Humanists@Work (HumWork) advisory committee. This is an opportunity for graduate students interested in shaping the conversations and work of professional development opportunities for humanities graduate students across the UC system while gaining valuable programmatic and logistical work experience. Working alongside UCHRI’s Assistant Director, advisory committee members will be expected to help coordinate and attend HumWork’s two professionalization workshops (typically during the fall and spring quarters), participate in regular virtual meetings, and contribute to the HumWork website. The term for the advisory committee is one year, beginning in Summer 2017 through Spring 2018.

Who Can Apply: Currently enrolled UC Humanities and humanistic social science doctoral students.
Award: $1,000 stipend, plus travel and lodging for twice-yearly professional development workshops and a convening meeting at UCHRI.
Funding Source: The Connected Academics initiative, a project coordinated by the Modern Language Association and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Application Opens: February 10, 2017 (online via FastApps)
Application Deadline: May 5, 2017 (11:59 pm PST)
Funding Decision: Late spring quarter (expected).

Final awards are contingent upon available funding. Term of participation is June 2017-June 2018.

Description of Work

Advisory committee members will be asked to collaborate on a variety of activities, including:


  • Develop, plan, and execute two workshops a year. Work with UCHRI’s AD on workshop topics, speaker selection, graduate student fellowships, catering, etc.
  • Attend both workshops, providing on-the-ground logistical support and post-event support and reflection


  • Assist with the development and maintenance of a UC-wide Humanists@Work website
  • Identify important topics and resources
  • Contribute to website with two blog posts or podcasts/quarter, with additional opportunities to publish on related topics through UCHRI imprint.
  • Help publicize the website and connect to other resources

Community Building, Meetings, and Other Events

  • Attend introductory meeting at UCHRI and meet regularly via Google Hangout
  • Work on their local campus to build a wider Humwork community
  • Stay up-to-date and contribute to Humanists@Work resource list

Application Details

Applications from prospective committee members are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI’s FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume (NOT CV) (up to 2 pages)
  • Recommendation letter (to be submitted through FastApps no later than May 19, 2017) from any UC source, including faculty, academic staff, and current or previous employers. The referee should also verify your enrollment in good standing in a humanities or humanistic social sciences department at a UC.

We strongly urge interested candidates to familiarize themselves with the blog posts contributed by past HumWork advisory committee members.

For program related questions, please contact Suedine Nakano, Program Officer, at snakano@hri.uci.edu.

For technical assistance with FastApps, contact techsupport@hri.uci.edu.

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