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Call for Applications, Undergraduate Fellowships 13-14

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Call for Applications
Jackman Humanities Institute Undergraduate Fellowships, 2013-2014

To apply: click HERE, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on Apply Now!
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, Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages. 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. 

2013-2014 Annual Theme:  Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages
What are the implications of knowing more than one language? From mythic reflections on the Tower of Babel through contemporary philosophical reflections on the question of translation, the multiplicity of languages has been an ongoing focus of inquiry. How is translation possible, both in the specific sense of translating speech or texts, but also in the larger sense of bringing meaning from one system to another, including from speech to writing? How do we conceive of languages of music, as well as song; icons and symbols as well as scripts? How best can we interpret the exchanges between languages in a world of multilingual interactions? In the ancient Near East, for example, a number of written bilingual texts sometimes reflect a local language and lingua franca, other times reflect a political orientation and appeasement or defiance. Translation between cultures and languages produce unintended results, often creating new originals. Amidst these multiple languages, what is the impact of the untranslatable?

      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.
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 2013-2014 are:
•    Paul Cohen (History)
•    Ruth Marshall (Religion and Political Science)
•    Jill Ross (Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies)
•    Walid Saleh (Religion and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations)

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 www.humanities.utoronto.ca.
2)    Complete the application form online (click on Funding).
3)    Upload a copy of your most recent transcript from ROSI 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.
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. Topics must connect to the theme for 2013-2014, Translation and the Multiplicity of Languages.

Questions? Please contact Director Robert Gibbs at JHI.Director@utoronto.ca.
Applications open: 7 March 2013
Applications due: 5 April 2013

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