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Jackman Humanities Institute New Media and Humanities Journalism Fellowship

Strange Weather

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to invite applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in New Media and Public Humanities (NMPH) designed to support recent Ph.D. graduates from humanities disciplines who are engaged in new media and/or other journalism initiatives in order to bring humanities research out of the classroom and academic monograph and into discussion in public fora and across multiple media platforms. One NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be selected for a twelve-month residency at the Jackman Humanities Institute. Selection will be based upon accomplishment according to career stage, evidence of public media engagement, and the relevance of their interests and media record to the annual theme. The Jackman Humanities Institute interprets “Humanities” as a broad category, including political theory, interpretive social science, music, and the arts.  The theme for 2019-2020 is Strange Weather:

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?

The NMPH postdoctoral fellow is expected to conduct active research and to propose, write, and publish innovative media projects that take humanities research into the public domain. The postdoctoral fellowship is an award of $50,000 plus benefits. The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is tenable for one academic year (1 July 2019-30 June 2020), and the holder is expected to be in residence September 2019 to May 2020.  As a residential fellow, the New Media and Public Humanities postdoctoral fellow will be provided with an office at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The NMPH postdoctoral fellow will be expected to participate in activities with faculty, postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.


  • Doctoral degree in humanities, writing, media studies, or journalism completed between 1 July 2010 -- 1 May 2019. If you graduated before 1 July 2010, you are not eligible to apply. If you will be enrolled as a full or part-time student during the period of the fellowship, you are not eligible to apply.
  • A public media record going back to at least 1 July 2017.
  • Fellowships are open to citizens of all countries. 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.

Procedure and Deadline

You must have a registered userID account on the JHI website ( to apply. You will be asked to provide the following:

  • A full resume with demonstrated background in Humanities that includes a full listing of both academic and non-academic publications and media endeavours.
  • A copy of all university graduate level transcripts. You may use scanned copies.
  • A one-page statement of interest proposing a media project or series of projects centred on the 2019-2020 annual theme at the JHI.
  • A sample of previous media work, not to exceed 20 pages/20 minutes (provide link for audio/video recordings).
  • Names and email addresses for two confidential referees, whom we will contact for letters of reference.

All applications must be made through the JHI website by 22 April 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). 

Application date
22 Apr 2019
Date of residence
1 Jul 2019 to 30 Jun 2020
1 year
America Canada
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Art & Art History Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Communication Sciences Gender Studies Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 9 years
Award granted
CAD 50.000