Public Fellows

The UC Irvine School of Humanities received a $50,000 grant from the Luce Foundation to expand its pilot Humanities Out There Public Fellows Program. The program pairs PhD students in the humanities with paid internships at nonprofit cultural organizations in Orange County, California. This is the first grant awarded to UCI by the Luce Foundation.

PhD candidate Chris Dearner (English) at South Coast Rep.

PhD candidate Chris Dearner (English) at South Coast Repertory Theatre

Humanities Out There Public Fellows will have the opportunity to apply and expand their humanities research and writing capacities in a non-profit setting. Graduate students currently enrolled in a doctoral program in the School of Humanities and who have achieved candidacy by Fall 2016 are eligible to apply.

Internships are available at PBS SoCal, the Santa Ana Library, Orange County Parks Historical Division and the Heritage Museum of Orange County. Download the descriptions of internship opportunities here.

Fellowship opportunities:

  • Summer quarter internship, 20 hours per week for 10 weeks (GSR)

Summer 2017 Selection Process

  • Applications due by April 28 via EEE Scout at
  • Prescreening by Humanities Commons in early May.
  • Top candidates interviewed by host organizations during the week of May 22.
  • Final placements by May 30.
  • Positions begin late June and end by mid-September.

Read profiles on 2015-16 Public Fellows:

Questions? Contact Amanda Jeanne Swain, Humanities Commons Executive Director, at or 949-824-1948.