NHC Graduate Student Regional Institute

The National Humanities Center proudly supports graduate education in a series of regional training events for graduate students in the humanities. In partnership with universities around the United States, these week-long institutes focus on an important topic in teaching and research. Scholars and university professionals work closely with the student cohort in a public-facing project.

    The program seeks to:

    • Advance the democratic commitments of the professional humanities by inculcating in emerging humanities scholars a sense of responsibility to the human experience of diverse American publics.
    • Foster new models of expertise that are responsive both to the traditional authority-based credentialing systems of the professional humanities and to the emerging concerns of university-based and public constituencies.
    • Grow capacity for collaborative—team, interdisciplinary, cross-university—scholarship.
    • Extend the potential of the professional humanities to curate archives of human experience in a way that adds depth and understanding to contemporary public affairs and cultural conversations.


    2020 Topic:  Podcasting the Humanities: Creating Digital Stories for the Public

    Location:  Digital Humanities Center, San Diego State University

    Dates:  June 15 - 19, 2020

    Podcasting has become a common form of storytelling in the digital and social media age. This five-day institute will provide hands-on training for PhD students in the humanities to translate research, commentary, and community-sourced narratives into podcast episodes.

    Working in cross-disciplinary and intra-university teams, participants will learn how to storyboard an idea, to create and collect audio content, and to edit their narrative into an entertaining, powerful podcast. All equipment will be provided, and technical support will be given throughout the week.

      Participants will:

      • Forge new intellectual connections between public life, humanities research, and responsive, digital media.
      • Deepen collaborative inquiry and project management skills.
      • Hone their ability to communicate humanities expertise in accessible and publicly-responsive formats.
      • Acquire conceptual and technical skills to create, revise, and publish broadcast-ready podcasts.
      • Develop skills and networks valuable within and beyond the university.

      PhD Plus is sponsoring two students to participate in the 2020 NHC Graduate Student Regional Institute. GSRI participants will be expected to share their podcasting expertise and knowledge to the UVA graduate and postdoctoral community, e.g. through a workshop or developing a PhD Plus podcast.


      Applicants must be current PhD students in a Humanities department, who will be enrolled at UVA and be available to share their knowledge in the academic semester following the institute (Fall 2020). 

      Important Dates

           Internal application deadlineextended to Wednesday, April 1, 2020

           Notifications will sent out by Friday, April 10, 2020.

           Institute dates:  Monday, June 15 - Friday, June 19, 2020

      Application Materials

      1. Statement of interest in program, including a description of your interest in learning to podcast 
      2. Short description (approximately 300 words) of potential avenues to share podcasting knowledge with the PhD Plus community
      3. Current curriculum vitae
      4. Advisor or DGS letter of support (500 words or fewer)
        • In the Application, after entering your advisor/DGS's contact information, please click "Save and Keep Editing" to send the letter request to your advisor/DGS

      More information available here

      Link to Application