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Call, 13-14 Research Fellowships

Call for Applications

Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowships for 2013-2014


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 10 September 2012.  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. Applications will be accepted starting on 25 June 2012.

Click HERE to go to the application form.

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, and 2) the scholarly merit of the research proposal, and 3) in the case of the 12-month JHIRF, on the relation of the proposed research to the annual theme.

The Annual Theme for 2013-2014 is:

Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages
What are the implications of knowing more than one language? From mythic reflections on the Tower of Babel through contemporary philosophical reflections on the question of translation, the multiplicity of languages has been an ongoing focus of inquiry. How is translation possible, both in the specific sense of translating speech or texts, but also in the larger sense of bringing meaning from one system to another, including from speech to writing? How do we conceive of languages of music, as well as song; icons and symbols as well as scripts? How best can we interpret the exchanges between languages in a world of multilingual interactions? In the ancient Near East, for example, a number of written bilingual texts sometimes reflect a local language and lingua franca, other times reflect a political orientation and appeasement or defiance. Translation between cultures and languages produce unintended results, often creating new originals. Amidst these multiple languages, what is the impact of the untranslatable?

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. In light of peer reviews from outside the university, that panel will meet to adjudicate the applications.

The Jackman Endowment will maintain its level of six research fellows for the 2013-2014 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 JHRIF, fill in the application form
  3. Upload a set of documents:
    1. Curriculum Vitae (standard University of Toronto)
    2. Project description (3-5 pp.  single-spaced recommended length)
    3. Brief biography
    4. List of academic publications with 5 most significant identified
    5. 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 2012
  • Selection by 16 November 2012
  • 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 2012-2013 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 2013-2014 events at the JHI
    • ==>    Teaching one 300 or 400 level course in 2014-2015 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 2012
  • Selection by 16 November 2012
  • 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.
  • 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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