The Consortium of PhD Programs in the Literatures and Cultures is an innovative effort to maximize the benefits of intellectual and administrative collaboration while granting participating programs autonomy in their pursuit of excellence. We can offer graduate students funding and mentoring that allows them to complete their degree in five years without sacrificing intellectual depth and methodological diversity. Though students follow the curriculum of their home departments, they have full access to faculty in other departments, and will participate in joint workshops, speaker events, and digital humanities training. Summer stipends and internships will ensure that students’ focus remains on their research projects and on their development as future teachers. As the Consortium grows, we envisage further collaborations, including joint placement guidance, language training, seminars, and the development of extra-academic job prospects. CU Boulder’s stunning campus will provide the fitting background for this intellectual journey.