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Fellowships at the Jackman Humanities Institute

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The heart of the Jackman Humanities Institute is its Circle of Fellows, a group of scholars at every level from undergraduate to faculty, who are chosen for the excellence of their research and for its relevance to the Annual Theme.  Fellows hold private offices (or in the case of undergraduate fellows, carrels) in a quiet, shared enclave; they attend a weekly luncheon to hear one of their members or an invited guest discuss their research; they organize events for the group such as visits, reading groups, and informal parties; and they talk.  In the process of sharing their projects and the contours of their various disciplines, they find new ways to conceptualize their work, discover resources, and force each other to think beyond disciplinary assumptions to the wider goal of how their project addresses the Humanities as a whole.

There are four levels of Fellows who share the privileges of this Circle of Fellowship:

  1. Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellows
  2. Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities
  3. Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows in the Humanities
  4. Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellow in the Humanities
  5. Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellows

 

1.  Jackman Humanities Institute Faculty Research Fellowships

Support for faculty research is available in two formats:

  • twelve-month residential Faculty Research Fellowships
  • six-month non-residential Faculty Research Leaves

Twelve-month residential research fellowships provide a full year of release (1 July -- 30 June) from teaching and administrative duties for tenured members of the University of Toronto faculty.  Research Fellows hold an office in the Jackman Humanities Institute and take a leading role in the life of the Institute during the year of their Fellowship.  They participate in the selection process for the postdoctoral fellows, graduate fellows, and undergraduate fellows who will be present during the year of their fellowship, and they supervise the research project of one or two undergraduate fellows.  They also receive $5,000 to support their research during the year.  In the year following their fellowship, they will teach a new course for their home unit that comes out of their work at the Institute.  Twelve-month residential Faculty Research Fellows are chosen for the excellence of their scholarship, and for the relevance of their project to the Annual Theme.

Six-month non-residential research leaves are awarded to tenured members of the University of Toronto faculty on the basis of research excellence alone.  Recipients do not participate in the activities of the Institute, and their projects are not selected for relevance to the Annual Theme.  They receive a six-month leave from the normal teaching and administrative activities in their home unit in order to undertake research  (including travel) on the project proposed in their application.  They also receive $5,000 to support their research.

Applications for both forms of faculty research support are solicited each summer, with deadlines for applications in September.  Selection is completed by the end of October, and fellowships begin in the following July.  Approximately six appointments are made each year.

 

2.  Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

The Jackman Humanities Institute has hosted the Andrew W. Mellon Program for Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Toronto for ten years, from 2007-2017.  Our final competition was held in 2016, for incoming fellows who will hold their fellowships in 2017-2019.  We will not be accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships in this program from 2017 onward.

 

3.  Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows in the Humanities

Graduate Fellowships are open to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities at the University of Toronto who will be in the final year of writing their dissertation and beyond the final year of the University of Toronto graduate funding package during the year when they hold the fellowship.  The recipients of this fellowship hold an office at the JHI and participate in weekly luncheon seminars, presenting their own work to the other Fellows at some point during the year.  Graduate Fellows do not work as Teaching Assistants or course instructors during the year of their appointment in order to concentrate on completing their dissertations. Applicants for Graduate Fellowships are nominated by their departments, and must have completed at least two full chapters of their thesis at the time of application.  They are selected by the incoming Faculty Research Fellows on the basis of scholarship and scholarly promise, as well as the relationship of their topic to the Annual Theme.  Applications are solicited early in the new year, with the selection process completed by May.  Approximately three Graduate Fellows are appointed each year.

 

4.  Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities

The Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities is open to Ph.D. candidates in the humanities who will be in the final year of writing their dissertation, and within the final year of the University of Toronto funding package during the year when they hold the fellowship. The recipients of this fellowship hold an office at the JHI and participate in weekly luncheon seminars, presenting their own work to the other Fellows at some point during the year.  Graduate Fellows do not work as Teaching Assistants or course instructors during the year of their appointment in order to concentrate on completing their dissertations. Applicants for Graduate Fellowships are nominated by their departments, and must have completed at least two full chapters of their thesis at the time of application.  They are selected by the incoming Faculty Research Fellows on the basis of scholarship and scholarly promise, as well as the relationship of their topic to the Annual Theme.  Applications are solicited early in the new year, with the selection process completed by May.  One Amilcare Iannucci graduate fellow will be appointed each year.

 

5.  Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellowships

Undergraduate Fellowships present a unique opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate students in the Humanities disciplines at the University of Toronto.  Each Undergraduate Fellow is paired with one of the Faculty Research Fellows, who will supervise a full year independent study course at the 300 or 400 level.  At the end of the academic year, each Undergraduate Fellow presents the results of this research to the whole Circle of Fellows at a Fellows lunch.  Undergraduate Fellows each hold a locking carrel at the Institute, and receive an award of $1,000 to support their research.  Limited funds for travel are also available.  The opportunity to be mentored by leading scholars in disciplines outside their home department, and to participate in a year-long cutting-edge interdisciplinary conversation provides a major impetus and inspiration for scholarly growth, and the experience of producing a full-length independently-researched paper and presentation is a transformative opportunity for students who plan to continue into graduate work.

Undergraduate Fellowships are advertised in late spring, with selections completed by early summer.  Approximately six Undergraduate Fellows are appointed each year. The weight of the course credit was adjusted from a half-year up to a full year in 2012-2013 to reflect the significant level of participation required by this fellowship from the holders.

 


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