Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2011-13 (הגשה עד 1.12.10)

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2011-2013

This application form will be available from Friday 1 October at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) until Wednesday 1 December at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships designed to provide financial and intellectual support for outstanding scholars at the beginning of their professional careers. Up to three Fellows in the Humanities will be selected each year for a two-year fellowship in the JHI. Fellows will be selected on the basis of accomplishment appropriate to their stage in their career, the promise of excellence and the relevance of their research to the annual theme.

The JHI interprets "Humanities" as a broad category, including political theory, interpretative social science, music and the arts.

The theme for 2011–2012 is Location/Dislocation: The experience of dislocation prompts insight into how people and ideas inhabit space, and what happens as they move. Many experiences of uprooting and exile are unwelcome; arrivals in new locations often generate violence and intolerance. The arts and books, languages and stories of the old country often remain vital for immigrants, creating diasporic cultures of memory and need; at times the hybridity created in a new place is not a simple amalgam or a peaceful overwriting. Cities are the common site of exile and new creations, and in their architecture and overlapping communities of trade, worship, and education, cities provide an archival record of the disruptive encounters that result from dislocation. The task of humanities research is to engage these complex practices of memory, importation, colonization, and assimilation.

The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to provide financial and intellectual support for outstanding scholars at the beginning of their professional careers. The Fellows will pursue their individual research in the context of the JHI. They will have offices at the JHI and will participate in weekly seminars and other activities in the circle of fellows. In addition, each postdoctoral fellow will be affiliated with a Department and will teach one course in each Fall and Winter term of their two-year Fellowship. We are especially interested in candidates who have an interest in and capacity for interdisciplinary work of a high quality. The Fellowship provides an annual $50,000 Canadian stipend.

Eligibility: 1 July 2008 -- 1 May 2011

• Applicants must have graduated with Ph.D. after 1 July 2008; a Ph.D. graduation date before 1 July 2008 is not eligible.

•Applicants who will defend their Ph.D. degree by 1 May 2011 are eligible, but such applicants must also include a letter from their supervisor. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense.

• Degree candidates and recipients of the Ph.D. from the University of Toronto are not eligible.

• Fellowships are open to citizens of all states. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


You must have a registered userID on the JHI website to apply. Click on Funding to see the description of the fellowship and application procedures. Scroll to the bottom of the description, and then click Apply Now to apply (this will only be visible from 1 October 2010 to 1 December 2010).

You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application:

   1.    Letter of Application
   2.    Curriculum vitae
   3.    Statement of Teaching and Research Interests
   4.    Writing Sample (normally a completed thesis chapter of about 30 pages)

All documents must be in .doc or .pdf format. The size limit for a complete application including all four documents is 7 mb. If your application is too large, you will see an error message; please adjust the size of your files and try again.

You will also be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three referees, and/or the name and email address of your dossier service. You may include both a dossier service and referee names if necessary. Please alert your referees to your intention to apply before you submit your application in order to allow them sufficient time to respond.

When you complete the application, click Submit. Please be aware that it is not possible to save a partial application and return to it at a later point. When you click on Submit, your application will be filed, and the referees that you have named will be contacted automatically to request letters of reference. Do not click Submit until all materials have been uploaded and you are ready for reference requests to go out.

You may check on the status of your application by going into your userID profile on the JHI website and clicking on Applications (left column). If your application says "complete", your dossier/references have been received. If your application says "pending", we are waiting for a dossier or reference letters. Your dossier and/or letters of reference should be received by 15 December 2010.

Deadline. All applications must be made online at by 1 December 2010 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT). Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

Questions? Contact: Robert Gibbs, Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute (416)-978-7415

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