The overall aim of the initiative is to demonstrate how skill sets honed through years of graduate study in the humanities and social sciences can be applied to achieve satisfying careers working at or collaborating with libraries, archives, museums, cultural institutions, foundations, social services agencies, public broadcasting, and a host of non-profits.
The Applied Humanities Initiative includes:
- An annual Applied Humanities Boot Camp (generally scheduled for the week immediately following May Commencement), a week-long introduction to such practical skills as budgeting, marketing and promotion, media relations, scheduling, public programming, partnership development, fundraising, graphic design, exhibit development, and project management, and offering a $500 stipend;
- Applied Humanities Summer Fellowships at cultural institutions and public humanities and arts organizations in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka that offer $3,000 stipends, plus in most cases a mileage allowance, for ten 30-hour weeks; and
- Applied Humanities Panel Discussions on a periodic basis with executives from leading local arts- and humanities-based non-profits, many of whom have earned advanced humanities degrees from KU.
The Applied Humanities Initiative received the 2015-2016 Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education from the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools, and is supported by a generous grant from the Hall Family Foundation.