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Graduate Fellows, 2018-2019

Application Start Date: Feb 15th, 2018, 12:00 am
Application End Date: Mar 15th, 2018, 11:59 pm

Call for Nominations, 2018-2019
Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowships in the Humanities (3)
Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities (1)

Applications will be accepted starting on 15 February 2018.

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) of the University of Toronto welcomes nominations from Humanities Departments and Ph.D. granting Centres and Institutes for three Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows (for post-funding cohort doctoral students) and one Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellow in the Humanities (for doctoral students in their final year of cohort funding) for the 2018-2019 year. Each unit may nominate up to two candidates (either two for Jackman fellowships, or one for a Jackman fellowship + one for an Iannucci fellowship), selecting candidates through their graduate executive or by their graduate coordinator.

The value of a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities is normally $22,500 plus the cost of the year’s tuition. Fellows may be assigned to research assistantships of a value up to $500 during their Fellowship. Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows will be in their final year of work on the thesis, with at least two chapters completed. This fellowship is for students who will be beyond the funded cohort for their program during the fellowship year, and who may be Canadian or international students. Three awards will be made.

The value of the Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities is normally $9,000 in stipend relief (to cover the portion of the graduate funding package allotted for assignment as a Teaching Assistant) and in addition a top up of $3,000 beyond the guaranteed funding package. This fellow is for students who will be in the final year of the funded cohort in the fellowship year and may be a Canadian or international student. Recipients who have also been awarded a CGS or a Vanier will receive only a top-up award of $3,000. Fellows may be assigned to research assistantships of a value up to $500 during their Fellowship. One award will be made.

As residential fellows, the graduate fellows will be provided with offices at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. They will be expected to participate in activities with faculty and postdoctoral fellows, including weekly lunch seminars and occasional other workshops and lectures.

  • Fellows are expected to be in residence and no longer need to travel for major research.
  • No previous holder of a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship or Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellowship is eligible.
  • Fellows are not permitted to take teaching assistant assignments during the 12- month period of their Fellowship (1 July 2018-30 June 2019) in order to allow for expedited research and writing.
  • Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of excellence in scholarship and scholarly promise as well as the relevance of the thesis topic to the annual theme of Reading Faces -- Reading Minds (see below for description).

Annual Theme for 2018-2019:  Reading Faces -- Reading Minds
What does it mean to read—a face, a text, an object, another mind? Human beings use a variety of intuitive and deliberate techniques in an effort to gauge what others feel, want, mean, and know, a sort of ‘mindreading.’ But are the faces we see and voices we hear always representational? While face-to-face encounters have exceptional social significance, the ways in which people encounter each other on stage, in print, and on screens are not transparent. What access to other minds do the humanities afford, and how do the humanities connect to developments in cognitive science and neuroscience? How do notions about reading minds transform what we think we do in reading texts? What is it to recognize the face and to know the mind of another?   

Selection Process
Up to two graduate students may be nominated by each department or EDU. Applicants must be currently registered in the 2017-18 year in a humanities Ph.D. with 2018-19 as their final year, with completion of their Ph.D. thesis anticipated by the end of the year. Applicants for the Chancellor Jackman Graduate Student Fellowship will be beyond the funded cohort in their fellowship year; applicants for the Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellow will be in the final year of funding in their fellowship year; and all applicants must have two (2) completed chapters of the thesis at the time of the application.

If you have been nominated:
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  1. Complete the online application for this fellowship (below, click on Apply Now! starting on 15 February 2018)
  2. Upload a transcript for all graduate work at the University of Toronto
  3. Upload a current CV
  4. Upload a description of the thesis (up to 500 words)
  5. Upload two chapters of your thesis
  6. Provide Name of Thesis Supervisor, whom the JHI will contact for a letter of reference
  7. Provide Name of the graduate coordinator of your department or EDU, whom the JHI will contact for a letter of nomination

Questions? Please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at jhi.director@utoronto.ca

Applications open: Thursday 15 February 2018
Applications due: Thursday 15 March 2018

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