Summer Practicum

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The Rural Humanities initiative will offers an annual Summer Practicum. We will announce the application procedure and timeline in spring 2022.

Rural Humanities brings qualitative humanities research methods to projects focusing on and/or collaborating with our rural neighbors in Central and Western New York. Examples of public-facing humanities projects and/or products that we invite for consideration include:

  • community-based blogging, digital storytelling, comics;
  • presentations, exhibitions, demonstrations;
  • videos, documentaries, vlogs;
  • community-coordinated case studies, teaching materials, pamphlets.

The Rural Humanities Summer Practicum guides and supports graduate students and advanced undergraduates in deepening locally-based public and engaged humanities projects that they have begun or are adequately prepared to undertake during this intensive 6-week program.

Participants in the Summer Practicum will each be awarded a grant of up to $8,000 to support their participation in the practicum and development of their projects. Up to $6,000 of this grant is designated for participant living expenses. Accepted participants should not accept other summer funding to support their living expenses. Up to $2,000 of this grant is available to support participant project expenses. Project budgets will be developed in collaboration with Summer Practicum instructors.

Application Guidelines

We are not currently accepting applications. Current Cornell students who are not graduating in spring 2022 are eligible to apply. Please submit the following materials to

  1. Cover page, including the applicant's name, NetID, degree program and field of study, and proposed project title
  2. A three-page project description that should detail how you plan to engage with the Rural Black Lives topic, including:
    • the project's goals and the preparatory work and planning that have already gone into the project
    • a description of anticipated deliverables by the end of the Practicum
    • a timeline for the project
  3. If already working with a particular community partner, a letter of support from them (only if applicable)
  4. A faculty letter of recommendation is required and should be sent under separate cover by the faculty member directly to


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