An Urban Humanities Initiative

Graduate Summer Research Fellowship

The Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, is pleased to announce a summer research fellowship opportunity for graduate students in the Humanities, Humanistic Social Sciences, Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. As part of our interdisciplinary initiative on The Divided City, and as we did last year, we are awarding multiple grants of up to $5,000 each in support of two months of full-time research by graduate students (M.U.D., M.Arch., M.L.A. DrSU, or Ph.D.) on urban segregation broadly conceived.

Eligibility/Grant Details 

In order to support graduate student interest in and research on The Divided City and to forge sustainable interdisciplinary connections among graduate students in the humanities, architecture, and urban design, we are offering up to ten summer research fellowships for summer 2018. Research will be supported at the master’s, pre-dissertation, or dissertation level, with the amount of each fellowship capped at $5,000. All summer fellowship recipients will be required to attend the Summer City Seminar in May, 2018, to participate in the City Seminar throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, and present and workshop their research findings in a fall 2018 City Seminar. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at Washington University, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. The application deadline is March 21, 2018, recipients will be notified by April 9, and funds will be dispersed on May 1.

Proposal Requirements

A proposal should contain the following information in one document

  1. A completed application form (attached here).
  2. A narrative description of the project, not to exceed 750 words, that details its disciplinary and intellectual underpinnings, its content and form, and what the applicant intends to accomplish during the two-month term of the grant. Please be sure to describe the project’s specific outcomes and how it relates to the completion of the graduate degree.
  3. A statement, not to exceed 100 words, that explains the project’s relevance to the broader Divided City Initiative.
  4. Up to three additional pages of images, musical scores, or other supporting non-textual materials [optional]
  5. A current transcript.
  6. Bibliography (no more than one page)
  7. A reference letter from the applicant’s graduate advisor or faculty member familiar with applicant’s work.

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of three faculty members, who currently serve on the Divided City Advisory Board.  They will use the following criteria in their selection process:

  1. The potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original contribution to knowledge about cities and urban separation.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature. (While not a requirement, interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.)
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.
  4. The scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant.

Applications should be emailed to

For further information on the Divided City Initiative, please see

Questions can be addressed to Tila Neguse, Project Coordinator of the Center for the Humanities at