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The Chicago Humanities Festival Assistantship

Modified: November 5, 2014

The Chicago Humanities Festival Assistantship is a competitive 12-month opportunity awarded to an outstanding graduate student from Northwestern University. The assistantship provides each student with the following: working experience in the country’s leading public humanities organization, access to world-renowned humanities scholars, interaction with Chicago’s top cultural institutions, and a mentored team environment in which to build varied skills for future employment.  Students are expected to make progress on their dissertation research and writing while working at CHF; the opportunity is designed to approximate typical assistantship time commitments and responsibilities.


  • Student is expected to commit one quarter of academic year assistantship and one quarter of summer assistantship already guaranteed as part of funding package toward support for this award; university and CHF will provide two additional quarters of assistantship to student to make opportunity possible for 12 consecutive months
  • Tuition scholarship will be paid in full for all assistantship quarters

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work with Artistic Director Matti Bunzl, Program Director Alison Cuddy, and the rest of the program team to research and develop a set of programs for the fall Festival
  • Develop ideas for high-quality content and make content requests of Festival presenters
  • For assigned fall Festival programs, manage the core communications with participants regarding the actual programs, including live program, web content, and presenter logistics
  • Write and edit blogs
  • Create rich media content from video and/or audio captured from Festival programs


  • Student must be a PhD student in the humanities or humanistic social sciences
  • Student must have achieved candidate status and be ABD, with exams passed and prospectus approved
  • Student must be available locally from beginning of winter quarter 2015 through end of fall quarter 2015


  • Statement of purpose, providing an articulation as to why and how this opportunity would be essential to their professional and academic advancement
  • Abstract or abbreviated description of dissertation topic
  • CV
  • Letter of support from advisor (thesis director)

Applications should be sent via email as single PDF attachment to Senior Associate Dean Sarah McGill at sarah.mcgill@northwestern.edu by 5pm on Friday, November 21, 2014.

About the Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival creates opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy, and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring international performance festival, Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year and on our web site that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.

Contact information:

500 N Dearborn St.
Ste 825
Chicago IL 60654
p. 312.661.1028
f. 312.661.1018