Graduate Research Assistantship

Graduate Research Assistantship

The Wolf Humanities Center announces a Graduate Research Assistantship for the 2024–2025 academic year for a University of Pennsylvania dissertation-level (ABD) student in the humanities whose work pertains to Keywords, the Center's research topic for the year.

The Wolf Humanities Center's Graduate Research Assistantship is a 10-month service position (August 2024–May 2025) that provides full support for the 2024–25 academic year, including tuition plus a stipend of $39,425. The position carries membership in the Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar on Keywords, which is composed of postdoctoral fellows, faculty from Penn and regional universities, dissertation-level graduate students, and the Center's director and topic director. Applicants may not be holding other positions and must be in good academic and financial standing with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The RAship is awarded competitively. Semifinalists are interviewed in April as part of the selection process. 

The half-time position requires 15–20 hours per week of service in a variety of functions:

  1. Assist the administrative staff of the Wolf Humanities Center and the Price Lab for Digital Humanities in carrying out general business. Requires some evenings and, rarely, weekends to help staff events.
  2. Staff and participate in the weekly Wolf Humanities Center's Mellon Research Seminar and the bi-weekly Price Lab Mellon DH Seminar.
  3. Serve as the lead organizer of a one-day symposium related to the theme of Keywords.
  4. Coordinate and draft social media announcements promoting research at the Wolf Humanities Center and Price Lab for Digital Humanities.

Call for Applications, 2024–2025 

Research Topic: Keywords

Application deadline: March 20, 2024

To apply, the following materials must be submitted through the Interfolio application portal:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the RAship; highlighting any experience in planning and supporting academic events and programs
  • C.V.
  • Unofficial Penn course transcript
  • A single PDF containing Project Title, Project Abstract (125 words maximum), and Project Proposal (approx. 1000 words)
  • Letter of recommendation from dissertation director or graduate chair

NOTE: We welcome applications from Penn ABD graduate students for both the Research Assistant position and a Research Fellowship. Applicants must submit their materials through each of the relevant Interfolio portals to be considered for both opportunities.