Resident Fellowship Program: “Northeastern Humanities Graduate Student Fellows”

The Northeastern Humanities Center
Resident Fellowship Program: “Northeastern Humanities Graduate Student Fellows”
Call for Applications for 2013-14

The Northeastern Humanities Center invites applications for its inaugural Resident Fellowship Program for the 2013-14 academic year. We hope to fund two “Northeastern Humanities Graduate Student Fellows.”

The application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2013.  The fellowship period will be September 2013 through May 2014.

The Humanities Center Fellowship program will bring together scholars from different disciplines – both within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as other colleges of Northeastern University – around a common issue of humanistic import.

2013-2014 Theme: Viral Culture

For 2013-14, the theme will be “viral culture.” The expression “viral culture” could be said to name a mode of circulation and transmission of information, ideas, and biota across time and space. We think of “viral culture” as engaging an array of important and emergent contemporary phenomenon—related to areas as diverse as social networks, the internet, new media, public health, sexuality, marketing, and globalization—but viral culture has roots, as well, in fields as diverse as the history of public health, economics, literature, transportation, and print culture. With this theme, we invite scholars working in diverse fields and periods to consider the ways in which the viral transmission of memes, diseases, electronic signals, print texts—of varied forms of culture— inform new research.

NU Humanities Graduate Fellowship

Northeastern Humanities Graduate Student Fellows will join a group of between four and six faculty fellows.

This graduate fellowship program seeks to provide a focused period of time to pursue dissertation research and writing, to collaborate with others around a common theme, and to share work with the Northeastern community. Fellows will receive:

  • $17,200 in stipend, which will release Graduate Fellows from teaching for Fall and Spring semesters;
  • Continuation fees for Fall and Spring semesters;
  • Health insurance;
  • Access to Humanities Center resources.


  • The program is open to Ph.D. candidates at Northeastern University. The College of Social Sciences and Humanities will be able to fund two fellowships for its own Ph.D. candidates; fellows from other colleges will need to receive funding from their college.
  • Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation (obtained candidacy status) by July 31, 2013.
  • Graduate students who currently hold or have previously held a dissertation completion fellowship are not eligible.
  • The fellowship is designed for full-time work on the dissertation, and fellows may not take up employment at Northeastern or elsewhere while holding the fellowship.

Program Goals

The program facilitates productive discussions and collaborations among the participants around a major theme. Expected duties include:

  • Monthly meetings among Fellows with a rotating schedule of research reporting and collaboration;
  • Monthly research colloquium presentations to NU faculty, staff, and students;
  • A yearly summit that celebrates the theme and shares the research of all Fellows.

Required Application Materials

  • Narrative (no more than 2 single-spaced pages) that addresses the scope of the project and the way in which the dissertation work connects with the Humanities Center Fellowship’s annual theme. Please specify when candidacy was reached (semester and year);
  • Abstract of dissertation project (no more than 100 words);
  • Timeline for the expected completion of the dissertation (maximum one page);
  • Bibliography (no more than two pages);
  • CV (no more than 2 single-spaced pages);
  • Letter of Support from Dissertation Advisor;
  • Brief Statement of Support from the Graduate Program Director;
  • Brief Statement of Support from College Dean, if graduate applicant is not a member of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

If you are interested in becoming a Northeastern Humanities Graduate Student Fellow, submit all application materials and the required letters via hard copy and email to Erika Koss at by Friday, March 29, 2013.

Fellowship recipients will be notified by April 25, 2013.

Approved applicants will be required to submit a one-page mid-year report and an end of year report.

If you have further questions regarding these Fellowships, please contact Erika Koss by phone at 617-373-6812 or For additional information, please visit the Northeastern Humanities Center website:

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