Graduate students are eligible to apply to IHUM in their third year of graduate study. Beginning in the AY2020-2021 application cycle,  HUM583 will be a required course for IHUM students, who may take it before or after applying for the program. Applicants should discuss a plan to complete the seminar with the Director once they are admitted. The next round of applications should be emailed to Barbara Leavey,, by the end of the day on March 1, 2022.

The application should consist of the following elements:

  • A completed application form, signed by your departmental Director of Graduate Studies. (Download the form here.)

  • A five-hundred word description of your interdisciplinary interests as they bear on your prospective dissertation work: in particular, the researches or experience, outside of your departmental training, that would warrant an additional year of support. The overriding criteria are intellectual seriousness and adventurousness.

  • A twenty-page, double-spaced writing sample representative of your interests.

You should also arrange for a one-paragraph recommendation from an advisor in your department, ordinarily one of your dissertation advisors, to be emailed directly to Barbara Leavey by the March 1st deadline.

Please email the electronic copy (as a .doc or .pdf file) of the description of your interests and of the writing sample to Barbara Leavey.

Finalists will be invited for a brief interview in late March, and notifications will be made shortly after.

Consult our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more details.