Ohio Humanities Summer Fellowships
Ohio Humanities is seeking up to four individuals to research and write for SeeOhioFirst.org, a
digital and mobile heritage tourism hub for the state of Ohio. As the state partner of the National
Endowment for the Humanities, Ohio Humanities supports programs that foster lifelong learning
and build community through exploration of the history and literature unique to the state.
SeeOhioFirst.org has been designed to serve multiple audiences, including nonprofit cultural
organizations and heritage travelers. Fellows will spend the summer in their home regions visiting,
researching, and writing about Ohio’s heritage assets for publication and distribution via
Work Product: The summer fellowships will begin with a two-day workshop in Columbus, where
the Fellows will be introduced to the public humanities, best practices in researching, interpreting,
and writing about heritage assets for travelers, data collection, and photographing heritage sites.
During the course of the fellowship, May 28-August 9, fellows will complete descriptions and data
collection for 16-20 heritage site assets for publication on SeeOhioFirst.org. The Fellows will
participate in biweekly conference calls with Ohio Humanities staff. At the conclusion of the
project, the Fellows will reconvene in Columbus or other heritage location to share their work
Qualifications: Successful candidates must have completed at least one first year in an M.A.
program in History, and have an interest in Ohio history, local or public history. Individuals will be
considered up through ABD status. Fellows must demonstrate exemplary writing skills, the ability to
work independently and meet deadlines, access to computers and internet, and reliable
Compensation: The fellowship includes honoraria of $2,500, publication credit, mileage to meetings
in Columbus, and limited reimbursement for specified expenses.
To Apply: Before applying, candidates should visit OhioHumanities.org and SeeOhioFirst.org to
become familiar with the sponsor and the project. Applications should include a cover letter
addressing interest and qualifications, a CV or resume, a writing sample of up to 500 words; optional
4-5 photo samples. Applications are due May 1, 2019.
David Merkowitz, Assistant Director
471 East Broad Street – Suite 1620
Columbus, Ohio 43215