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Call for Applications, Faculty Research Fellowships, 2015-2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: Call for Applications
Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowships for 2015-2016

THE APPLICATION FORM IS AT:  http://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/id=48

Scroll to the bottom of that page, and click "Apply Now!"

The Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship (JHIRF) is an integral part of the JHI, available for University of Toronto tenured and tenure stream faculty. Up to 20 fellows in total will be selected from intergenerational constituencies: faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students in their final year of writing, and undergraduates in their final year. The Faculty fellows will be the leaders in the circle of fellows for that year.
There will be up to six faculty research fellows, and there are two kinds of Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowships:

•    A 6-month research leave,
•    A 12-month fellowship, which will be held in residence at the JHI (the JHIRF).

Applicants choose one of the two programs, and all applications are due 12 September 2014.  Applications must be submitted online on the website of the Jackman Humanities Institute, www.humanities.utoronto.ca. The 6-month research leaves continue the previous Jackman Research Fellowships in the Humanities program.

The Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship provides a means to recognize and further assist University of Toronto scholars of demonstrated excellence.  Fellows will be selected on the basis of
1) proven ability as evidenced by a distinguished record in research and scholarship, relative to career stage,
2) the scholarly merit of the research proposal,
3) in the case of the 12-month JHIRF, on the relation of the proposed research to the annual theme and demonstrated interest in, and willingness to conduct research within an interdisciplinary and intergenerational community.

The Annual Theme for 2015-2016 is:

Things that Matter

Because words are the privileged medium of communication, things have long been characterized as mute. However, a focus on material culture has provided a particularly fruitful field of research in the humanities. Things bear affective, social, cultural, historical, religious, economic, and political meanings and relations. They can be traces of the past, commodities or gifts, symbols of the divine, tools, raw or natural materials, or works of art, furnishings or decorations, or merely be moved out of our way. They provide insights into how people make sense of experience and come together as societies. Whether as relics of ancient cultures or as contemporary commodities, things are at the heart of humanities disciplines. How can we make them talk? What do things tell us about societies and their histories?

Selection

Proposals will be assessed by the Jackman Humanities Institute Review Panel, a group of internationally acknowledged experts from inside and outside of the University of Toronto. The review process will take place in two stages. In the first stage, the Review Panel will produce a short list of proposals which will be sent out for assessment by internationally acknowledged experts, normally from outside the University. The panel will then reconvene for the second stage to select fellows based on the applications and the letters received.

The Jackman Endowment will maintain its level of six research fellows for the 2015-2016 year. The annual balance between the two types of fellowships described above will depend on the applicant pool.

Home units for winning applicants will receive teaching replacement funding as follows:
12-month fellowship (JHIRF):  $45,000
6-month research leave:  $25,000

Application Process

To apply:

1)    You must complete a full User ID registration on the website.
2)    Click Funding, choose Apply for JHIRF, fill in the application form
3)    Upload a set of documents:
a.    Curriculum Vitae (standard University of Toronto)
b.    Project description (3-5 pp.  single-spaced recommended length)
c.    Brief biography
d.    List of academic publications with 5 most significant identified
e.    Referees: 3 we can contact; (optional) 2 we should not contact

Your completed on-line application will automatically generate a letter to your Chair or Dean requesting support and the names for two additional references.

For any questions or further information, please contact Robert Gibbs, Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute, by e-mail at JHI.Director@utoronto.ca.

While there is significant overlap in the terms of fellowships, they will be outlined here separately.

Terms for 12 Month Jackman Humanities Institute Research Fellows (JHIRF)

•    1 year full release from teaching and appropriate reduction from departmental administrative duties with full salary
•    An additional $5,000 available as research grant or stipend
•    Departments will be provided with $45,000 towards the cost of a teaching replacement for the Fellow.
•    Applications due 10 September 2014
•    Selection by 15 November 2014
•    Preference will be given to applications that relate to the chosen theme for that year.
•    All tenured faculty engaged in humanities research at the University of Toronto are eligible, with preference for members of the three-campus humanities departments.
•    JHI Research Fellowship is residential and as such requires:
==>    Switching office to JHI
==>    Participating regularly in activities of the JHI  (including weekly lunches, workshops, occasional public events)
==>    Serving on selection committee during 2014-2015 for other fellows during the year of the fellowships at JHI (Postdoctoral, Graduate Students, Undergraduate students)
==>    Mentoring younger fellows at the JHI
==>    Helping to design programming for 2015-2016 events at the JHI
==>    Teaching one 300 or 400 level course in 2016-2017 in home unit based on research while a fellow.
•    As with previous Jackman Fellowships, the time spent on fellowship does count towards the next sabbatical
•    Following arrangements made with the fellow’s chair, an evaluation of participation in the fellowship activities will be included in annual activity assessment.
•    With the count beginning in 2008-09, each faculty member may hold fellowships (either 6-month research leave or 12-month JHIRF) twice in a career at University of Toronto, and a gap of at least 5 years is required between fellowships.

Terms for Six Month Research Leave
•    Six months of release-time with full salary for the time of the award
•    An additional $5,000 available as a research grant or stipend
•    Departments will be provided with $25,000 towards the cost of a teaching replacement for the Fellow
•    Applications due 10 September 2014
•    Selection by 15 November 2014
•    All tenured and tenure-stream faculty after the third review engaged in humanities research at the University of Toronto are eligible.
•    There is no residence requirement.
•    The fellow will be invited to participate in some way in activities at the Jackman Humanities Institute (e.g. present at a lunch, mentor an undergraduate, lead a working group…) in the year following the fellowship
•    Proposals need not be linked to the annual theme.
•    Time spent on fellowship does count towards the next sabbatical.
•    With the count beginning in 2008-09, each faculty may hold fellowships (either 6-month research leave or 12-month JHIRF) twice in a career at University of Toronto, and a gap of at least 5 years is required between fellowships.


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