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Applied Humanities Boot Camp | May 20-24, 2019

Application Deadline: March 18, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


The Applied Humanities Boot Camp is designed to provide practical advice, intensive training, hands-on experience, and professional networking opportunities to up to 12 humanities, arts, and social science graduate students seeking to add a public humanities component to their CV. This professional development opportunity is open to individuals considering the pursuit of careers outside the professoriate as well as to those seeking academic tenure track positions.


The Applied Humanities Boot Camp takes place at the Hall Center May 20-24, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The one-week program includes:

  • Keynote addresses on the role and value of public humanities in contemporary life
  • Presentations by veteran practitioners covering such topics as business basics, budgeting, marketing and promotion, programming, partnership development, fundraising and grant-seeking, community relations, and management
  • Workshop sessions in which participants will conceive and develop a comprehensive mock plan for executing a themed month-long series of public humanities events at the Hall Center
  • "Speed-dating" sessions with individuals in the field allowing for direct interaction and networking
  • A professional development track offering guidance on preparing resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and job interview techniques
  • Field trips to Lawrence and Kansas City-area businesses, foundations, and cultural institutions

Each participant will receive a $500 stipend and a certificate upon completion of the program. On-site lunch will be served to all participants, and a closing reception will take place late afternoon on Friday, May 17, 2019. Transportation and lunch will be provided for all field trips.


Eligible applicants will:

  1. Be KU graduate students in a humanities or social sciences discipline; and
  2. Demonstrate an interest in an applied humanities field, such as museums, arts and cultural organizations, libraries, non-profits, foundations, etc.


Participants in the Applied Humanities Boot Camp are required to:

  1. Commit to attend all scheduled sessions, workshops, lunches, and site visits during the week of May 20-24, 2019, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and
  2. Commit to complete all assignments.

Participants who do not complete the foregoing will not receive the $500 stipend or a portion thereof.


All application materials must be submitted through the Hall Center Competitions Portal.  Paper submissions will not be accepted.  For an application to be verified as complete, and thus forwarded for committee review, applicants must:

1. Create an account or log in to an existing account.

2. Select the Apply Now button next to this competition. 

3. Complete the Applicant Information form in the Portal.

4. Upload the following materials as 3 separate PDF files:

a. A resume, CV, or biographical sketch of not more than two pages;

b. A writing sample of not more than seven pages, ideally a previously written class assignment such as book review or short paper; and

c. A cover letter of not more than two pages that includes information on the applicant's degree program and research interests, explains the applicant's interest in pursuing a career in applied humanities, details prior qualifying work experiences such as internships and jobs, and identifies possible career paths the applicant is considering.


Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Overall quality of the written application components
  2. Applicant's interest in pursuing an applied humanities career or incorporating applied humanities knowledge in an academic career
  3. Applicant's enthusiasm for the structure and components of the Applied Humanities Bootcamp

Please direct any questions to:

Sarah Bishop, Interim Associate Director, Hall Center for the Humanities

sarahbishop@ku.edu or 864-7823


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