The Connected PhD
The Connected PhD program, which is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to enrich professional development opportunities for doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at Brandeis. This four-year program funds professional development experiences for students and curricular innovation grants for faculty, all with the goal of reimagining graduate education. The Connected PhD program serves doctoral programs in Anthropology, English, History, Musicology, Music Composition and Theory, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies (NEJS), Politics, and Sociology.
PhD students can use their grant funding in a variety of ways, including:
- learning and applying new skills such as mapping technology, coding, design, business management, and audio production
- obtaining internships
- applying research or teaching skills in collaborations with community organizations
- designing and supporting digital humanities projects with faculty members
These experiences, typically undertaken during the summer months, allow students to cultivate their professional identities and explore diverse career paths.