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The Chicago Humanities Festival Assistantship

Modified: February 4, 2016

The Chicago Humanities Festival Assistantship is a competitive 9-month opportunity awarded to an outstanding graduate student from Northwestern University. The position 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; Northwestern University will provide an additional quarter of assistantship to student to make opportunity possible for three quarters
  • Tuition scholarship will be paid in full for all assistantship quarters

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work with the Associate Artistic 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  


  • 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 spring quarter 2016 through end of fall quarter 2016 (April through December 2016)


  • Statement of purpose, providing an articulation as to why and how this opportunity would be essential to 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 CHF’s Associate Artistic Director Alison Cuddy (alison@chicagohumanities.org) by 5pm on Friday, February 26, 2016.
About the Chicago Humanities Festival
For 25 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has celebrated the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities, and cultures. For the intellectually curious, CHF’s vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Collaborating with leading arts, cultural, and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians, and policy makers that change how we see the world. Visit chicagohumanities.org for more information. 

Contact information:

Chicago Humanities Festival:                                         
Alison Cuddy
Associate Artistic Director                                                                                                          
500 N Dearborn Street                                                  
Ste 825                                                                          
Chicago IL 60654

Northwestern University:
Avni Soni
Financial Data Analyst
The Graduate School