NHC Summer PhD Student Residency Program

The National Humanities Center offers PhD graduate students in the humanities an opportunity to learn about and experience best practices in teaching and learning. Focusing on the process of translating research to practice, students are given guidance on how to create meaningful learning experiences for any level audience in sessions led by prominent scholars, master educators, and technology experts. Most importantly, the design of the residency requires direct and collegial work among students from different universities and disciplines, creating a much richer network of humanities professionals. The Summer Residency Program focuses each year on a specific pedagogical theme paired with an emerging instructional technology tool. Participants are also introduced to learning science theory to better inform their instructional design and lesson writing.

The primary goals for this program include:

  • Working with a diverse team to identify and map solutions to an instructional challenge
  • Identifying a compelling topic from research and scholarship to develop instructional materials
  • Training participants on the development of classroom-ready materials for the university classroom, including familiarizing them with the most recent research on learning sciences
  • Providing structured feedback on the practice and implementation of writing for a broader audience rather than solely an academic one 
  • Writing, revising, and publishing classroom-ready lessons in the Center’s digital repository. These materials will be freely and openly disseminated to the full network of NHC educators. Student authors will receive full citation.
  • Developing skills that are marketable and valuable in the job search
  • Bolstering participants’ CVs through selection to and completion of the National Humanities Center’s Graduate Student Summer Residency Program


2020 Institute:  Passionate Teaching in the Research Environment: Creating Narratives in the Accessible Classroom

Location:  National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC

Dates:  July 6 - 17, 2020

In 2020 participants will learn how to support storytelling with mapping technology and how to create engaging and accessible activities for the undergraduate classroom using objects and artifacts.

Technology in the Classroom

  • Mapping the Humanities
  • Using GIS in the Undergraduate Classroom
  • Blogging and Assessments in the Digital Age
  • Introduction to Humanities in Class Digital Library

Teaching Methods

  • Object-based Teaching
  • Visual Note-taking
  • The Accessible Syllabus
  • Designing Significant Learning Experiences in Groups and Teams
  • Methods of Teaching in the Undergraduate Classroom
  • Considering the Curriculum
  • Spite Yelp: Student Evaluations and How to Learn From Them

PhD Plus is sponsoring two students to participate in the 2020 NHC Summer PhD Student Residency Program. Summer Residency Program participants will be expected to share their knowledge to the UVA graduate and postdoctoral community, e.g. through a workshop.


Applicants must be current PhD students, who still be enrolled in Fall 2020. 


    Internal Application Deadline:  Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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

    Residency dates:  Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 17

Application Materials:

  • Statement of interest in institute, including a description of how this institute could influence future teaching plans
  • Short description (approximately 300 words) of potential avenues to share institute knowledge with the PhD Plus community
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Advisor or DGS letter of support (500 words or fewer)
    • In application portal, enter the name and email address of your advisor/DGS. Upon saving a draft of your application, the system will email your advisor/DGS for this letter.

More information available here

Link to Application