About the PhD Program

IHUM confers a joint doctoral degree, with applications accepted in the third year of study from students enrolled in the Ph.D. programs in the following departments and schools:

  • Anthropology*
  • Architecture
  • Art and Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Studies
  • English
  • French and Italian
  • German
  • History
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy in Politics
  • Religion
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Sociology*
  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures

*Owing to the schedule of field work, students in Anthropology and Sociology may choose to apply either in their second or third year, but may apply only once.

Beginning in the AY2020-2021 application cycle, HUM583 will be a pre-requisite for admission to the program. Applicants should discuss a plan to complete the seminar with the Director if they are unable to take HUM583 in Fall 2020.  All applicants should be able to demonstrate a record of interdisciplinary exploration and to make the case that the time and resources afforded by the fellowship will substantively expand the interdisciplinary nature of the dissertation project. For more detailed information about the application process, see the FAQ.  The next cycle of applications will be due on March 1, 2022.

Students who join the PhD Program become core members of a community of interdisciplinary research and exchange that convenes for seminars, workshops, and other events. They are required to present work in progress in the fourth or fifth year, in addition to attending the workshops of other members of the community, held two to three times a year. Together with other students in their cohort, students in the Program conceptualize and organize a series of lunch talks around a theme in the fourth and fifth year and choose the annual Faber Lecturer in the sixth year.

After presenting a detailed plan for their IHUM fellowship year to the Director, ordinarily in the spring of the third year, they receive an additional year of fellowship support in the fourth year for research and exploration in areas beyond the boundaries of their fundamental disciplinary training. Upon review of the dissertation by a member of the Executive Committee or the Program Committee and fulfilling all the requirements for the degree in their home departments, IHUM students graduate with a joint degree from their home department and from the Council of the Humanities.