What are the Public Humanities?
The Public Humanities refer generally to a broad range of creative, scholarly and/or social justice projects undertaken collaboratively between university researchers and members of different non-academic communities for the public good. These projects draw on the knowledge and skills of humanities disciplines such as history, literary studies, languages, philosophy, classics, and religion, and have clearly defined outcomes that benefit the public.
Hear from a former Fellow about her experience working with Fort Calgary
Nella Darbouze-Bonyemme speaks about her experience as a Calgary Institute for the Humanities Public Humanities Fellow during the spring and summer of 2022, developing tours and public programming for Fort Calgary.
Applications must contain:
The resume should summarize academic projects and achievements, work experience, skills, and university and community involvement. You may find it useful to look at the following handbook if you are wondering how to frame your skills for work in a non‐academic setting.
The cover letter should be single-spaced (no more than two pages) and address the following questions:
- What draws you to the CIH Public Humanities Program?
- Which specific position are you applying for and why? How would it fit into your graduate career trajectory? (If you are interested in more than one of the roles, we recommend you provide a separate cover letter for each, emphasizing how your skills make you the best fit for that position.)
- What specific strengths, experiences (academic as well as non‐academic), and achievements make you a strong candidate for the specified position?
- Is there any other relevant information you would like to share with the adjudication committee?
We seek two letters of reference, preferably from academic referees who are familiar with (and can speak to) your graduate studies trajectory, recent relevant achievements and experiences, and suitability for a Public Humanities Fellowship. Letters of reference for public humanities candidates should be sent directly to the CIH by email to email@example.com. Referees should be informed exactly which positions you are applying for, but only one letter per candidate is required; referees do not need to provide a separate letter for each role you are interested in.
- One letter must be from your supervisor. This letter should also affirm that taking on this commitment will not significantly impact your ability to complete your degree requirements in a timely fashion.
- The second letter may be from another academic or from a non-academic (for example, it could be from someone at a community organisation at which you worked or volunteered).
2023-24 Placement Opportunities
Application information for the 2023-24 Calgary Institute for the Humanities Public Humanities Program placement opportunities are below. Applicants may apply for multiple placements using a separate cover letter for each.
Alzheimer Calgary: Enhancing Capacity to Adapt
Alzheimer Calgary is looking for a fellow to support work to adapt capacity and adopt policy to meet the demands of an expanding, culturally diverse population of persons living with dementia.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society: Representation and Cultural Safety
CCIS is looking for a Public Humanities Fellow to contribute to our work around cultural safety, cultural thinking, research ethics, and data equity.
Esker Foundation: Youth Engagement and Decolonizing Gallery Space
Esker Foundation seeks a Public Humanities Fellow to continue ongoing work on the topic of decolonizing gallery/museum spaces.
Fort Calgary: Creative Experience, Exhibition & Program Research & Development
Fort Calgary is looking for a Public Humanities Fellow to help us broaden the stories we share about this layered site.