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Undergrad Fellows 2018-2019

Application Start Date: Mar 12th, 2018, 12:00 am
Application End Date: Apr 9th, 2018, 11:59 pm

Call for Applications
Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellowships, 2018-2019

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) hosts annually an intergenerational community of fellows, each pursuing independent research for an academic year while in residence at the JHI on the 10th floor of the Jackman Humanities Building. The fellows are linked by theme, and they participate in a set of common activities, including weekly lunch seminars and other workshops and lectures. 
    We are seeking a small number of advanced undergraduates who propose to conduct research on a topic in the humanities related to our annual theme, Reading Faces – Reading Minds.  These will be undergraduates, including those in humanities oriented second-entry programs, who are likely to go on to graduate school in the humanities. The opportunity to converse with and to be mentored by leading scholars and to participate in a cutting-edge interdisciplinary conversation in the humanities should provide major impetus and inspiration for growth.

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?

The undergraduate fellows will be linked to one or more specific faculty fellows who will serve as supervisor(s) for the research project.  Each will complete a 300 or 400 level independent research course for 1.0 FCE (or directed research project at an appropriate weight), the number consistent with the program of their department of concentration.
      Each undergraduate fellow will be provided with a carrel space for study on the 10th floor and will be expected to participate in the JHI activities of the fellows.  Each fellow will be provided with a $1,000 scholarship, and if necessary, limited funds for research travel.
    Each of the undergraduate fellows will receive one of the following named awards as a component of the fellowship:

  • Dr. Michael Lutsky Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • James Fleck Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Zoltan Simo Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Dr. Jan Blumenstein Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste Undergraduate Award in the Humanities
  • Milton Harris Undergraduate Award in the Humanities

Selection Process:
We invite applications from undergraduate students in humanities programs or humanities-oriented second-entry programs at any of the University of Toronto’s three campuses.
Because these fellows must be teamed up with a Faculty Fellow, the Faculty Fellows will review the applications to be certain that they are able to supervise the projects.  The Faculty Research Fellows for 2018-2019 are:
Michela Ippolito, Department of Linguistics (FAS)
Communicating Through Speech and Gestures
Rebecca Kingston, Department of Political Science (FAS)
Reading Faces, Reading Minds in the Public Realm: Early Modern Translations of Plutarch and their Impact on Conceptions and Practices of Public Life
Jennifer Nagel, Department of Philosophy (UTM)
Extracting Belief from Knowledge
Maria Subtelny, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (FAS)
Physiognomy in the Context of Medieval Islamic Mirrors for Princes

Further information about the 2018-2019 Faculty Research Fellows and their research interests is available HERE.

A selection committee of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Academic Programs, the Director of the JHI, and representatives from UTM and UTSC will choose the undergraduate fellows.

To Apply:

  1. Register on the JHI website at https://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/register/ 
  2. Complete the application form (click on Apply Now! at the bottom of the page).
  3. Upload a copy of your most recent transcript from ROSI/ACORN for all work at the University of Toronto.
  4. Upload a two-page description of your proposed research project.
  5. Upload one essay from a related course.
  6. Provide name(s) of the Faculty Research Fellow(s) with whom you would like to work.
  7. Provide the name and email address of an instructor at the University of Toronto for a letter of reference.

This competition is open to full-time students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences, and to students in second-entry professional programs at undergraduate level who propose a humanities-focused project. Applicants will be selected on the basis of a record of academic excellence and the promise of future achievement. A minimum grade point average of 3.7 for third-year course work is required, or comparable grades if applying from a second-entry undergraduate program.  Project topics must connect to the theme for 2018-2019, Reading Faces, Reading Minds.
Questions? Please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at JHI.Director@utoronto.ca.
Applications open: Monday 12 March 2018
Applications due: Thursday 5 April 2018

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