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The Northwestern University Press Graduate Assistantship

Modified: April 11, 2017

The Northwestern University Press Graduate Assistantship is a competitive twelve-month position awarded to an outstanding graduate student at Northwestern University working on a PhD in any field of the humanities. This position will provide the student with an in-depth, comprehensive introduction to scholarly publishing, which should prove invaluable. The student will have access to the acquisitions and editorial staff, who possess expertise in scholarly communications and the state of scholarship across many humanities disciplines; gain familiarity with the publication process and goals of the university press in the context of the larger campus community; and enjoy a mentored team environment in which to build analytical skills that will be useful across many careers in the humanities. Students are expected to make progress on their dissertation while working at NUP; the opportunity is designed to approximate typical assistantship time commitments and responsibilities.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Work with the acquisitions department and the business office to input contracts, permissions and foreign rights into the rights and permissions database; assist acquisitions in evaluating projects at the proposal phase
  • Work with the editorial department to learn the basics of the Chicago Manual of Style and help with proof corrections, file prep, and indexing. This can be tailored to the subject specialty of the student if it is relevant to NUP titles.
  • Participate in the preparation of digital book records and images for distribution to the book industry, Amazon, etc. Research and prepare lists of book reviewers at scholarly, library, and mainstream media.
  • Develop a graduate workshop on publishing for their home department or broader subject area, which will increase exposure for the Press on campus and promote the student as an advocate for scholarly publishing.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Expertise in one or more humanities or arts disciplines
  • Strong interests in inter- and transdisciplinary work
  • A deep interest in scholarly communications and scholarly publishing
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills, especially with the intricacies of Microsoft Suite products
  • Great organizational and project management skills


  • Student must be a PhD student (years two through six) in the humanities or arts disciplines; preferably in their third or fourth year
  • Student must be available locally for onsite work from the beginning of fall quarter 2016 through summer 2017


  • $31,716 for duration four quarters


  • Statement of purpose, providing an articulation as to why and how this opportunity would be essential to their professional and academic achievement
  • Abstract of dissertation topic
  • CV
  • Letters of recommendation from thesis advisor and Director of Graduate Studies in their home department

Applications should be sent via email as single PDF attachment to nupress@northwestern.edu. The deadline is May 1, 2017. Visit the website for more information.

Humanities, Professional Development, Current Opportunity