Amanda Greene

University of Michigan

Chris Golde

Stanford University

Lead Mentor
City University of New York

Sarah Hildebrand

The Career Development Boot Camp is funded by the MLA's Paving the Way: For the Future of the Humanities campaign.

Enmanuel Martínez

 Rutgers University

Caroline Barta

University of Texas, Austin

Jennifer Rhodes

Columbia University

Your boot camp experience will be guided by a team of peer mentors and facilitated by Chris Golde, a humanities career professional.

The boot camp will feature ample opportunities for networking, skill-building, and creating community. 

Welcome dinner at the Tortoise Supper Club with mentor team and MLA staff

Tour of the Newberry Library and panel of PhDs on staff

Possible Futures Career Fair

Showcase of Career Diversity and Connected Academics networking event

Wednesday, 2 January 

Thursday, 3 January 

Friday, 4 January

Saturday, 5 January

Sponsored by Paving the Way



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2–6 January 2019  |  MLA Annual Convention in Chicago 

Apply to be a part of the MLA's Career Development Boot Camp!

Paving the Way is dedicated to raising funds to help graduate students and adjunct faculty members, to promote workforce fairness, and to support national advocacy on behalf of the humanities.

"The Boot Camp helped me think reflectively about who I wanted to be as a professional, then plan actionable next steps for exploring my options. I left our whirlwind few days feeling validated and empowered."

Molly Appel, Penn State University

Find Your Post-PhD Path to Success

"This is not a program that tells you what to choose; it's a program that gives you more choices." 

Dantzel CenatiempoUniversity of Washington

Boot Camp fellows will learn to articulate their skills and the importance of their advanced training in the humanities in a variety of contexts both inside and outside the academy. And as part of a cohort of twenty, they will make important professional connections, and contribute to an ongoing national conversation about careers for humanities PhDs. 

The Career Development Boot Camp will take place at the MLA Annual Convention in downtown Chicago. All fellows must arrive on Wednesday, 2 January 2019, and stay through the end of the convention on Sunday, 6 January 2019.


To be eligible for the boot camp, you must be a current graduate student who has advanced to candidacy by January 2019. All boot camp fellows will receive a $400 travel stipend from the MLA and are expected to request matching funds from their departments. Travel to and accommodations at the MLA Annual Convention are the responsibility of the boot camp fellows.

If you have questions about the boot camp, please write to

At its 2019 annual convention in Chicago, the MLA will offer a competitive four-day Career Development Boot Camp for current PhD students considering careers both inside and outside of academia.  

Under the guidance of our expert Mentor Team, boot camp fellows build new skills and explore the range of humanities careers available to them. The 2019 cohort will go behind the scenes at the Newberry Library, one of Chicago's great public humanities institutions, and meet the humanities PhDs who work there.

About the Boot Camp

The Career Development Boot Camp will take place at the MLA Annual Convention in downtown Chicago. All fellows must arrive on Wednesday, 2 January and stay through the end of the convention on Sunday, 6 January.

Applications for the 2019 Boot Camp are now closed.