Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellows are required to have completed all doctoral degree requirements by the time the fellowship begins July 1. Applications are not accepted from those who hold a tenure-track or tenured appointment.

New Media and Public Humanities (NMPH) Postdoctoral Fellowship

The NMPH postdoctoral fellowship is a twelve-month residency at the Jackman Humanities Institute. The NMPH is designed to support recent PhD graduates from humanities disciplines who are engaged in new media and/or other journalism initiatives to bring humanities research out of the classroom or academic monograph and into discussion in public fora and across multiple media platforms. The NMPH fellow is expected to conduct active research on the annual theme and to be engaged in public writing in any of a range of media including podcasting, blogging, radio, social media, journalism.

More details, eligibility, selection criteria and a link to the application form will be made available when the 2022-23 call opens in October 2022 (deadline end of November). For up to date information about the New Media and Public Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, check our Announcements, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter.

FAQs About the New Media and Public Humanities (NMPH) Postdoctoral Fellowship

You MUST submit all files as a single, compiled pdf file.  This is necessary to ensure that your application will be readable.  Please do not send files that with security settings that prevent printing. Beyond that, here are some general suggestions and guidelines.

JHI receives applications from across many disciplines and from around the world. Standards vary, and we prefer not to set rigid rules in the matter. Please know that you will not be disqualified from applying if your documents do not comply with the following guidelines.

Make your documents easy to read: use 11- or 12-point type, and 1.5 or double spacing. Avoid unnecessarily complicated fonts.

  1. Curriculum Vitae (as long as necessary): this is your full academic record. Please include all publications (both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed), research presentations, and previous public facing writing of any nature. The focus here is more on research than on teaching.
  2. Project Proposal (1000 words): Explain in detail what you would like to accomplish while you are a fellow. Your project should be relevant to the annual theme of Absence. Tell us about your anticipated goals and timeline for this project, and about the methodology that you will use to do it. It is perfectly acceptable to propose a thesis-to-book overhaul.
  3. Writing Sample (length varies with content): This could be a chapter from your thesis, or a published article, or an example of public-facing writing. You can include a sample of your writing or provide a brief introduction and a URL (or multiple URLs) that show your public-facing writing in your application document.

Yes. You can SAVE but not SUBMIT your application until the deadline. If you click SAVE, you will be given a numerical code and be emailed a link. Record this code (it will not be sent with the email). You will have to enter the code to continue your application. JHI staff members do not have access to your code and cannot generate a new code if you lose it. When you are finished, remember to SUBMIT your application before the deadline.

If you receive an offer of this fellowship, it will be contingent on your having completed all outstanding doctoral work before 1 July 2023.  This means that if you apply but have not defended, we will be in touch with your Chair or supervisor to confirm your defense date (it must be before 1 May) and post-defense status. If you defend and have revisions to make, you must complete them successfully before 1 July.

You are not eligible to apply.  This fellowship is offered with a five-year eligibility that tracks from the date when the fellowship begins on 1 July 2023.

The JHI will require your attendance at a fellows’ lunch each Thursday 12-2 from the beginning of September until the end of April (there are two weeks in December when the University will close for the holidays). If you are also teaching, please check for the dates when you must be in Toronto with your unit.

There is a small amount ($500 CAD) of research or travel funding available upon request to the Director. There is no funding for moving expenses. You are welcome to apply for up to two one-semester courses of sessional teaching in any unit appropriate to your field of doctoral study. Sessional job postings will appear on the CUPE 3902 (Unit 3) Opportunities web page.

For questions relating to the scope and expectations of this fellowship, email JHI Director Professor Alison Keith; for questions about the application process, email Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates; for questions about the web application form, email Communications Officer Sonja Johnston.

JHI-CDHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

The JHI, in partnership with the Digital Humanities Network, offers a twelve-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, with a project that fits the JHI’s annual theme.

The DH Fellow will have an established track record in their own discipline and/or the digital humanities. This fellow is expected to do research that engages with the Digital Humanities and will be partly employed by the Digital Humanities Network through the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative.

More details, eligibility, selection criteria and a link to the application form will be made available when the 2022-23 call opens in October 2022 (deadline end of November). For up to date information about the Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship, check our Announcements, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to our newsletter.

FAQs About the JHI-CDHI Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship

You MUST submit all files as a single, compiled pdf file.  This is necessary to ensure that your application will be readable.  Please do not send files that with security settings that prevent printing. Beyond that, here are some general suggestions and guidelines.

JHI receives applications from across many disciplines and from around the world. Standards vary, and we prefer not to set rigid rules in the matter. Please know that you will not be disqualified from applying if your documents do not comply with the following guidelines.

Make your documents easy to read: use 11- or 12-point type, and 1.5 or double spacing. Avoid unnecessarily complicated fonts.

  1. Letter of Application (1-2 pages): Introduce yourself and explain briefly why you are interested in digital humanities research at the University of Toronto, and how your research will respond to the annual theme of Absence. Consider this to be an overview summary of the arguments that you will develop with greater detail in your other documents.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (as long as necessary): this is your full academic record. Please include all publications (both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed), research presentations, and previous digital humanities work of any nature. The focus here is more on research than on teaching.
  3. Project Proposal (4-6 pages): Explain in detail what you would like to accomplish while you are a fellow. Your project should be relevant to the annual theme of Absence. Tell us about your anticipated goals and timeline for this project, and about the methodology that you will use to do it. It is perfectly acceptable to propose a thesis-to-book overhaul.
  4. Statement of Digital Humanities Research Interest (2-4 pages):  Tell us how your work fits into the field of digital humanities. Describe any organizational experience that might support your work building the Digital Humanities Network. What kinds of DH are you interested in fostering during your fellowship, and how might you go about doing this? What might be your own goals in DH for the fellowship year?
  5. Research Sample (length varies with content): This could be a chapter from your thesis, or a published article, or an example of DH work that you have created or taken a leading role in such as a digital publication or portfolio. You can include a sample of your writing or provide a brief introduction and a URL (or multiple URLs) that show your DH work in your application document.

Yes. You can SAVE but not SUBMIT your application until the deadline. If you click SAVE, you will be given a numerical code and be emailed a link. Record this code (it will not be sent with the email). You will have to enter the code to continue your application. JHI staff members do not have access to your code and cannot generate a new code if you lose it. When you are finished, remember to SUBMIT your application before the deadline.

If you receive an offer of this fellowship, it will be contingent on your having completed all outstanding doctoral work before 1 July 2023.  This means that if you apply but have not defended, we will be in touch with your Chair or supervisor to confirm your defense date (it must be before 1 May) and post-defense status. If you defend and have revisions to make, you must complete them successfully before 1 July.

You are not eligible to apply.  This fellowship is offered with a five-year eligibility that tracks from the date when the fellowship begins on 1 July 2023.

The JHI will require your attendance at a fellows’ lunch each Thursday 12-2 from the beginning of September until the end of April (there are two weeks in December when the University will close for the holidays). The CDHI may require you to help with events during the summer; if you are also teaching, please check for the dates when you must be in Toronto with your unit.

There is a small amount ($500 CAD) of research or travel funding available upon request to the JHI Director. There is no funding for moving expenses. You are welcome to apply for up to two one-semester courses of sessional teaching in any unit appropriate to your field of doctoral study. Sessional job postings will appear on the CUPE 3902 (Unit 3) Opportunities web page.

For questions about the JHI part of the fellowship, email JHI Associate Director Dr. Kimberley Yates; for questions about the CDHI part of the fellowship, email CDHI Managing Director Danielle Taschereau Mamers; for technical questions about the application form, email JHI Communications Officer Sonja Johnston.