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Certificate in Public Scholarship

CPS students in seminar discussion

Certificate in Public Scholarship

The Certificate in Public Scholarship, established in 2010, brings together a crossdisciplinary cohort of UW graduate students and faculty interested in:

  • public scholarship that engages in cultural practice and inquiry
  • campus-community partnerships across all sectors of higher education
  • digital and multimedia publication, exhibitions, performance, and other innovative modes of disseminating scholarship
  • community-engaged research, teaching, and service
  • professional development for careers inside or outside of higher education

The Certificate's unique portfolio- and project-based curriculum enables fellows to integrate their scholarly and social commitments in the context of their intellectual and professional development. An extensive faculty advising network supports project and portfolio development.

The advising and administration of the Certificate in Public Scholarship has transitioned to the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity. You can find more information here or contact Gina Aaftaab with questions. 


Graduate students of good standing in any program at the University of Washington are eligible to apply. Upon admission, students become Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS) Fellows, are assigned a portfolio advisor, and pursue a self-directed 15-credit course of study that includes a practicum project.

To receive messages about information sessions, please sign up for the public scholarship listserv. 

Questions? Contact Gina Aaftaab at the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity.