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Jackman Humanities Institute Early Career Fellow in Community-Exchange Humanities Research

Strange Weather

The Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce a new fellowship for recent doctoral graduates intended to foster knowledge exchange between the academy and public. The JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow will be a recent Ph.D., who is establishing a track record in their own discipline and working on a project at the intersection of the academy with one or more extra-academic, public and/or non-profit organizations (e.g., museums, galleries, indigenous communities, archives, libraries, arts organizations, etc.).

The JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow will hold a 12-month residential fellowship at the JHI where s/he will be expected to pursue their own research in their own discipline while developing their public humanities research profile. At the JHI they will pursue their own research in their own discipline, including some work relevant to the JHI’s annual theme; participate in activities with the multigenerational circle of fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional workshops and lectures; and present aspects of their research that engages public and/or community interest at one or more Community-engaged Public Humanities Workshops. In addition, the JHI CEHR Early Career Fellow may participate, as appropriate, in the other “Humanities at Large” pillar activities.

The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.

Annual Theme, 2019-2020: Strange Weather

How might the humanities contribute to the critical discourse on energy and climate? The energy crisis is no longer simply about limited supplies but now concerns the very nature and place of energy in human life and society. Strange weather as symptom of changing climate destabilizes our trust in and certainty of our home (i.e. our planet) and provokes fantasies of control and of chaos. How can we help frame questions of environmental degradation, scientific knowledge and its popularization, especially in their relation to social equity, and societal futures?

Humanities at Large is a three-year (2019-2022) Mellon-funded initiative intended to promote knowledge exchange.  It will focus on six pillar activities:

  • Creative non-fiction writing workshops for academic researchers
  • Social media training for academics
  • Community-exchange public humanities scholarship
  • Partnerships with local high schools
  • Talking Books, a public book club experience
  • Radio showcase on each year’s humanities research at the JHI

Eligibility

Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. within five years of the beginning of the fellowship (1 July 2014). Applicants who will complete doctoral degree requirements before 1 May 2019 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested to confirm completion. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their Ph.D. before 1 July 2014 are ineligible.

Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. Doctoral candidates and Ph.D. recipients from the University of Toronto are eligible to apply. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may further expand the range of ideas and perspectives.  

Selection Criteria

We are seeking individuals whose intellectual scope moves between formal academic research and public communications. The JHI is a site for interdisciplinary humanities research conversations, and we are therefore interested in candidates who have an interest in and capacity for presentation of their research across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.  Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of commitment to the public humanities knowledge exchange, achievement as appropriate to their career stage, promise of excellence, and relevance of their proposed research project to the Annual Theme.

The Fellowship

The Fellowship provides funding for twelve months, with residency required for nine months (September—May). The stipend is $50,000 CAD plus benefits.  Moving expenses are not provided.  The JHI will provide an office, University of Toronto Library access, faculty mentoring, and administrative support.  Fellows are expected to attend weekly lunches on Thursdays from September through the first week of May. Teaching is not a component of this fellowship, but incumbents may apply for sessional positions in their home disciplines as available.

Procedure

You must have or create an account in the JHI website to apply. You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application:

  • Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proposal for Public Humanities Research relevant to the annual theme of Strange Weather
  • Writing Sample (academic) – a thesis chapter or published article
  • Communications Sample (public) – an article for popular press, a blog post, podcast, interview or other media product. Provide URL link to audio or video files if you wish. Upload text files.

All documents must be in .pdf format. The size limit for your completed application is 8 mb. 

You will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three references. Your referees will receive an automated request for their letters, which will be due on 22 April.  Please ask your referees to watch for our request email.

Deadline

  • Application materials:    15 April 2019 at midnight
  • Reference letters:    22 April 2019
Application date
15 Apr 2019
Duration
12 month
Country
America Canada
Discipline
Humanities
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Grants available
1
Award granted
CAD$ 50.000
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