The Center for 21st Century Studies (C21) appoints graduate student fellows each academic year. This position is open to students at the master’s or doctoral level. Working at C21 provides graduate students the opportunity to meet visiting scholars, attend C21 events, and help with outreach and research initiatives.

Position Opening: The Center for 21st Century Studies has multiple openings for graduate student fellows for the 2024-2025 academic year. These positions are open to students at the Master’s or Doctoral level. Working at C21 provides graduate students the opportunity to meet visiting scholars, attend C21 events, and gain experience planning and producing research and communication strategies throughout our website, social media, podcast, and other products. See position description for more information.

Since 1968, C21 has fostered innovative research at the intersection of the humanities, arts and sciences, supporting UWM faculty and students, publishing new research, and hosting a wide range of programming. C21 aims to build a community of scholars to address the pressing issues of our time across campus and the broader region.

Position Description: The Graduate Fellow, classified internally as a student hourly, attends, and helps publicize C21 events, assists in event planning and preparation, and aids in all phases of C21 sponsored research and programming. Responsibilities include event promotion and logistics (Zoom registration, in-person preparation), developing and maintaining C21’s web presence, and assisting the Director, Managing Director, and C21 Faculty Fellows with research projects. Ideal candidates will have at least one of the following technological skills: WordPress and web design; social media management; podcast production and editing; graphic design; and experience with community outreach projects. Some evening work may be required occasionally.

Coached and mentored by C21 staff, the Graduate Fellow position is an important opportunity for graduate students to sharpen crucial technical skills that are in demand for positions both inside and outside the academy. The Center relies on the Graduate Fellows for the success of C21 programming, initiatives, and outreach, and is committed to helping to shape the experience to suit their own unique skill sets and career goals.

Preferred Qualifications: Technological skills, including web design, podcast editing, and/or graphic design experience preferred. Event planning and organization preferred. Intellectual interest in the C21 theme of Slow Works: Finding the Pace of Being Human preferred.

Unit: Center for 21st Century Studies

Salary: Compensation up to $20 an hour depending upon qualifications. Hourly positions do not receive benefits. Hours range from 10 – 20 per week.

Appointment Period: Academic and full-year employment opportunities available.

Application Process: Please submit the following in a single PDF including the following components as an email attachment to with the title Graduate Student Fellow.

  • a one-page cover letter that outlines your interest in the position, what your relevant experience is, and how the position connects to your research and professional interests
  • a curriculum vitae
  • names and contact information for two faculty references

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, April 22, 2024, 11:59 PM CST.