Graduate Research Assistantship

Application Deadline:
Monday, March 20, 2017

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2017-18 Topic: Afterlives

Graduate Research Assistantship

The Penn Humanities Forum announces a Graduate Research Assistantship for the 2017–18 academic year for a University of Pennsylvania dissertation-level (ABD) student in the humanities whose work pertains to Afterlives, the Forum's research topic for the year.

The RAship provides full support for the 2017–18 academic year (tuition plus a stipend of approx. $24,000), and carries membership in the Forum's Faculty Mellon Research Seminar on Afterlives. 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 on campus in March/April as part of the selection process. Application deadline: March 20, 2017.

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

  1. Assist the administrative staff of the Penn Humanities Forum 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 Forum's Mellon Research Seminar.
  3. Serve as the lead organizer of a one-day conference, symposium, or event series related to the theme of Afterlives.


  • Complete the following information and upload to our secure server as a single PDF (be sure to complete all fields before uploading your file):
    • Cover letter expressing interest in the RAship.
    • Project title, 125-word (max.) abstract.
    • Project proposal (500 words) describing the research to be carried out during the course of the year and its relation to the Forum's 2017-2018 theme, Afterlives.
    • Curriculum vitae and scan of unofficial Penn course transcript.
  • Also required is one confidential letter of recommendation from either your dissertation director or your graduate chair. Please ask your referee to upload that letter to our secure server no later than March 20, 2017. (Letters should not be emailed.)

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