NextGenPhD Consortium

    CGS has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to establish the Next Generation Humanities PhD Consortium (Next Gen Consortium), a collaborative learning community for the 28 NEH Next Generation PhD grant awardees. These universities, all of which are CGS member institutions, seek to strengthen the career preparation of PhD students in the humanities. CGS will provide intellectual leadership to this group and guide their mission to transform the culture of graduate education.


    CGS’s role in this project broadens our network of partners in the humanities community, builds upon earlier work to strengthen graduate education in the humanities, and strengthens our unique relationship with NEH.  We invite you to follow the Next Gen Consortium’s activities and to participate in the conversation by using the hashtag #NextGenPhD.


    NEH issued its new call for proposals in September. NEH and the Council of Graduate Schools, facilitator of the first NextGen grantee network, have prepared three documents to support institutions preparing proposals for the 2018 solicitation. These include:

    Written to help guide applicants to NEH Next Generation Humanities PhD grants, as well as any campus team interested in pursuing the goals of the Next Gen program. Part I, Lessons Learned, summarizes the common features of Next Gen projects and outlines some of the challenges and promising solutions employed by grantee universities in pursuit of the larger goals of the grant program. Part II, Emerging Strategies, offers suggestions for additional considerations that might be included in the design of Next Gen programs. Please note that Promising Practices does not constitute evaluation criteria for the selection of 2018 grantees; rather, this document is intended to help institutions understand what practices have been most successful for past grantees, and identify ideas and approaches that are appropriate to their campuses.

    Provides a history of prior work in humanities PhD professional development, and is intended to serve as an introduction to the field for anyone interested in professional development for humanities PhDs.


    Rethinking Humanities PhD Resources


    Next Gen Consortium Resources

    (NEH Grantee Access Only)


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    Next Gen Consortium Discussion Board

    Next Gen Consortium Resources 




    Maureen McCarthy


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