UCHRI Travel Grant: Humanists@Work Graduate Career Workshop – Silicon Valley

San Jose, April 30-May 1, 2017

Grant Overview

Description: The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals from PhD students interested in attending the Humanists@Work Graduate Career WorkshopSilicon Valley. UCHRI is funding up to three humanities PhD students from each UC campus to attend an evening of networking events on Sunday, April 30th, and a daylong workshop on Monday, May 1, in San Jose, California.

Who Can Apply: Currently enrolled UC humanities and humanistic social sciences PhD students.

Award: Reasonable roundtrip travel from your home to San Jose, lodging at Hotel De Anza, and all workshop meals.

Application Opens: February 3, 2017 (online via FastApps)

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017 (11:59 pm PST)

Funding Decision: April 4, 2017 (expected)

Funding Source: The Connected Academics initiative, a project coordinated by the Modern Language Association and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Program Overview

Humanists@Work (HumWork) is a three-year UCHRI initiative that addresses professionalization, community building, and careers outside/alongside the academy for PhD students in the humanities. Funded by the Modern Language Association’s Mellon-funded “Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers,” HumWork has engaged over 350 graduate students throughout the UC system in a series of graduate-student-led workshops and informational panels.

Expanding upon previous symposia held throughout the UC system (Berkeley, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara), HumWork will host a sixth workshop for graduate students and faculty members in partnership with the University of California, Santa Cruz. Inspired by its location, Humanists@Work Graduate Career Workshop – Silicon Valley will engage the synergistic possibilities at the intersection of new media, community engagement, education and public humanities that is characteristic of the greater Bay Area.

Programming will include:

  • A networking how-to session followed by a structured networking dinner on Sunday, April 30th (a response to demand from graduate students for humanities-specific networking and community building opportunities)
  • The invaluable “Stories from the Field” panel where humanities PhDs working outside/alongside the academy share their experiences and advice
  • A resume workshop with Jared Reddick of the Résumé Studio, including tips on how to translate an academic CV into a professional resume and keywords for finding relevant positions and understanding industry-specific terminology
  • Break-out sessions that build practical skills, job interviewing techniques, strategies for identifying alternative career paths, and ways to incorporate career planning into doctoral work
  • A candid conversation about graduate student debt (broadly defined) and the future of the public university in higher education

For more information about the initiative, please visit Humanists@Work.

How to Apply

Applications from UC humanities PhDs are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI’s FastApps system.

Required documents include:

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose (350 words maximum) addressing your interest in attending the workshop and how it will contribute to your professional development.
  • Contact information for a university employee (staff or faculty) who can verify your enrollment in good standing.

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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