Public Humanities Fellowship

Become a Public Humanities Fellow! 


Public Humanities Fellows will  research, document and disseminate materials related to Williams College Institutional History.  The Fellowship, which is funded by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,  assist Williams College students in creating original content on Williams’ historical legacy around diversity, equity, and inclusion. This fellowship provides fellows with a foundation to understand how to interpret, conceive, and present history, art, and culture.  The fellow will work with faculty, the College Archives, Special Collections, and other offices throughout the Williams College and the Berkshires. The Public Humanities Fellowship is administered by the Office of Special Academic Program (OSAP) and Clinton Williams, director of  OSAP, will advise the fellows.


In 2019-2020, up to five (5) Fellows will be selected. Students will receive a $1,000 stipend per semester. A year-long commitment to participate  is preferred, but other arrangements may be possible. 


During the fellowship, fellows will attend trainings on public history, develop competencies in conducting archival research, writing for public audiences,  and the history of Williams College. In the fall semester, fellows will acquire the skills needed to conceive, plan, and execute public scholarship while examining how colleges and universities have confronted  histories of racism, colonialism, and slavery. Fellows will devote the spring semester to developing a public humanities research proposal or to start the research and writing on an institutional history project that focused on diversity, equity, and inclusivity at Williams College.


Required Qualifications: 

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others and to work independently
  • Interest in archives and public history
  • Attendance at  meetings plus occasional additional sessions for workshops or field trips
  • Willingness to tackle new projects
  • High degree of responsibility, follow through, independence and accountability



By 5:00 pm Thursday, October 24 submit to [email protected] a letter expressing your interest in the position and describing how it relates to past experiences, classes, or future aspirations (Limit to 1page); a resume; and the name of one faculty reference.  For more information contact Clinton Williams at [email protected]