Cogut Institute for the Humanities
October 7, 2022
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21st-Century Ph.D. Mellon Proctorship

Funding Opportunity

The Cogut Institute for the Humanities, in partnership with the Graduate School, and with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invites applications from department chairs and directors of graduate studies in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences for doctoral proctorships to be held in Spring 2023 by graduate students working individually or in pairs.

The proctorship is designed as an opportunity for graduate students within departments to research both discipline-specific and broader debates on the current goals and challenges of doctoral training, with a view to supporting ongoing departmental discussions. In collaboration with the Director of Graduate Studies and/or other faculty members, proctors may help research existing and new thinking about the Ph.D. degree and assist with the development of related programming and resources that may be of use for the department’s faculty and students.

Four proctorships will be awarded together with a $500 research fund for the proctor. Departments will receive up to $2,000 for relevant programming. Funds will be disbursed as expense reimbursements and must be spent by June 15, 2023.

Proctors will receive a full stipend for the semester. Departments can expect proctors to work a standard 15-20 hours/week.


Brown University academic departments in the humanities and humanistic social sciences are eligible to submit proposals to the Cogut Institute. A departmental project may involve up to two proctorships, for example where two students working as a team could advance objectives developed for the spring of 2023 more effectively. After a departmental proposal is chosen by the Cogut Institute governing board, that department recruits and appoints the candidate(s) for the position. Individuals may not apply to the Cogut Institute for this proctorship: the institute will not recruit the proctors directly.


Applications for Spring 2023 proctorships are due Friday, October 7, 2022.

Please email a one-page proposal to

The proposal should convey how this opportunity will serve the department’s conversations and ongoing work about the current goals and challenges of the doctorate.

The proposal should also describe the duties, tasks, and assignments the proctor or proctors will be expected to take on; the mode of selection of the proctor(s); plans for supervision and mentoring of the proctor(s) through the semester; and any anticipated learning and/or professional development outcome for the proctor(s).  

Questions? Please email