Bridge Humanities Corps

The Bridge Humanities Corps (BHC), now in its second year, will select up to eight total ABDs and newly minted PhDs to participate in this innovate program for the 2017-2018 academic year. BHC members will engage in advanced training in the pedagogy of interdisciplinary humanities, teach SAEL 200 or its Carolina Core equivalents, and participate in a required professional development program.


Applicants will fall into one of two groups:

1. ABD students who are within one year of finishing their doctoral degree are eligible to apply to become first-year BHC members. Forsaking other employment, first-year BHC members will participate in a cohort-based program while serving as the instructor of record for four sections (two per semester) of SAEL 200 and/or its Carolina Core equivalents. Through the required professional development program, BHC members will receive constructive feedback and develop their career skills in order to improve their odds of employment in a variety of sectors, both within and outside of academia.


  • Attend mandatory interdisciplinary pedagogical training in late summer on meeting the Carolina Core (VSR and CMS) requirements
  • Teach a 2:2  load as instructor of record for SAEL 200 course and/or its Carolina Core equivalents
  • Attend weekly pedagogical seminars during the fall semester
  • Attend at least 10 professional development sessions (five per semester)
  • Successfully complete GRAD 701 or its equivalent by the end of Fall 2017
  • Maintain good academic standing (without administrative or academic holds) throughout the academic year
  • Submit two reports to the program facilitators (due December 2017 and May 2018)


  • $21,500 stipend
  • Tuition abatement for special enrollment (Z status) – one credit hour per semester covered through this program
  • Graduate student health insurance
  • Professional development program designed to encourage degree completion, develop best practices for teaching, and aid in career success and fulfillment.

2. Newly-minted PhDs who have received their doctorates no earlier than December 2016 and no later than August 2017 are eligible to apply. BHC members who have recently received their doctorates will teach a three-quarter load, which will allow them time to participate in professional development activities and campus-wide initiatives. They will receive regular performance feedback and make useful contacts across a range of university offices.

Current 2016-17 BHC members may reapply for the 2017-18 academic year, provided that they have satisfactorily completed the first year of the BHC, successfully defended their dissertations, and graduated by no later than August 2017. Current fellows are not guaranteed reappointment and will be evaluated along with all other applicants through a competitive selection process. The selection committee will review current fellows’ application materials, teaching evaluations from their first year as BHC members, and their participation in the pedagogical and professional development meetings during the 2016-17 academic year.


  • Doctorate in hand by August 2017 (mandatory)
  • If interdisciplinary pedagogical training on meeting the Carolina Core (VSR and CMS) requirements has not been completed, attend training in late summer
  • 3:3 teaching load as instructor of record for SAEL 200
  • Involvement in campus-wide humanities initiative(s)
  • Attendance of weekly pedagogical sessions during the fall semester
  • Attendance of least 10 professional development sessions (five per semester)
  • Submission of two reports to the program facilitators (due December 2017 and May 2018)


  • $32,500 salary over the academic year
  • Health insurance access
  • Cohort program to provide support for new professionals

Applications for 2017-18 are due by 5 p.m. on April 10, 2017.  BHC members for 2017-18 will be announced by May 5. For questions, please contact Dr. Heather Brandt at

BHC Application for ABDs

BHC Application for Newly Minted PhDs

USC’s Bridge Humanities Corps is organized by USC’s Graduate School in cooperation with the Office of the Provost and College of Arts and Sciences.