Capitalizing on the recent Mellon award to UC Davis to support a Public Scholars Program, this UC-wide collaboration allows other UC humanities centers and institutes to identify a PhD graduate student and faculty member to participate in the Public Scholars Program based at UC Davis.

The Public Scholars Program addresses two separate but related goals of supporting community-engaged scholarship and broadening the career opportunities of humanities PhDs. The students selected at participating UC campuses would join (either remotely or in person) in a Public Scholars seminar in Spring 2016, introducing them to the intellectual and practical aspects of public humanities scholarship and in the summer following the seminar, work for a community partner that they identify in a community-engaged project developed during the seminar.

Each student will be paired with a faculty mentor who will help design the community-engaged project, and both the student and faculty member will be invited to attend the March 7, 2016 launch of the Public Scholars Program to network and build a community among the participants. The budget for the program will be divided among the participating humanities centers/institutes to provide a $4500 stipend for the summer internship and $350 for travel to the March launch event.

To apply: Please provide the following information to your campus humanities center.

  • Project title
  • CV
  • Describe your project, addressing the following questions in two pages:
    • What is your subject and research question?
    • Who are your collaborators?
    • What final form will your collaboration take?  (e.g., curation of exhibit, history project, etc.)?
    • Who is your faculty advisor for the project?
    • How do you see your project as a public humanities project?

Deadline for applications is 2/15/16. Please email your project description and CV to


For more information contact Micaela Smith, Interim Assistant Director, at